A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: The halfway point!

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my massive new venture. I am going to University to train to be a primary school teacher. I will be trained to work with 5-11 year olds. It’s known to be a very, very stressful time so I’m hoping I can channel my thoughts and feelings into a blog post. It gives you an insight into what’s going on in my life and hopefully it’ll be incredibly therapeutic for me. I will NOT be naming any children, schools or teaching staff. I won’t even mention what University I’m at. I hope that’s understandable. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind!

I can’t believe I’m halfway through my first placement already. I’ve only been teaching for 3 weeks, but it feels like less than that. I have to say, I’m pleased with my progress so far. I’ve had incredibly positive feedback from my tutor in the classroom and also my university tutor who came to see me teach recently. I also had a lovely chat with a parent who came in to see who we were as her daughter has been talking about us at home! I still have some way to go, but I think I’m heading in the right direction so far.

This week has been a bit of an odd week. Towards Christmas, it does get a little mad with all the production rehearsals going on. I’ll be pleased when they get to their performance because it is consuming a lot of teaching time! The plus side of this (I always try to look for a positive) is that I’ve had a lot of time in school to plan my lessons and get some tasks completed.

I feel like my class are starting to see me as their teacher, which wasn’t something I had anticipated. At the start of each lesson they ask if myself or my partner in the classroom are going to teach them. Always nice to feel wanted!

I think I need to remember I’ve only been teaching for 3 weeks. I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself to be even better, when really it’s something I think will come with time. Let’s hope for more positivity next week!

9 thoughts on “A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: The halfway point!

  1. That’s really awesome, Chrissi! And I’m glad you’re enjoying your time in the classroom so much 🙂 It’s a big step, sure, but if you’re going to be able to do what you love doing, it has to be the right step, no?
    Congrats on starting education and tutoring so you can do what you’ve dreamed of doing.

  2. I love reading your posts every Sunday! One of my friends is in her NQT year, and while it’s hard work she says it’s definitely worth it. You’re doing great, don’t forget to remind yourself every now and then! 🙂

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