A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: A very full teaching week!

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 am so ready for a week’s break and I still have a week left! This week I’ve taught a lot more than I’m supposed to have done, as my teacher tutor was away so I took over her class for practically the whole week, bar one afternoon! Lots of people were telling me it was too much, but to be honest I feel like it was really good for me. It certainly gave me an insight into how teaching really is. I definitely feel like the children are seeing me as their teacher. Their behaviour has improved so much since the beginning of the plaement. Or rather… I’m dealing with it much better!

I feel like I’m learning how to deal with parent’s concerns more effectively too. Interacting with parents was one of my biggest concerns. I think this is down to my own anxieties though as the majority of parents are absolutely wonderful!

Tomorrow brings another challenge for me which I shall speak about next week! I don’t want to say too much yet. I do need massive positive vibes though for a challenging week ahead.

I can’t believe that I only have about 6-7 weeks left until I’m a qualified teacher. That’s EXCITING but TERRIFYING at the same time. I can certainly see that finishing line approaching and I can’t wait to cross it.

A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student… My First High.

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!

Wow. I know I’ve said it before about how up and down this experience has been, but I’ve been on an upwards climb this week. I have taught subjects I hadn’t taught previously and had successful lessons! I received my first high grading from my tutor from University this week.

During the course of a PGCE student’s placement, they have to be formally observed by their teacher mentor once a week. Someone from the university comes in every so often to observe too, just to check that everything is going okay and for some moral support really. On your observation you are graded either fail, minimum (requires improvement), good or high. This week my tutor from university graded my English lesson as HIGH!  It was the first time I had got such a good grading (I’ve always been graded good). I couldn’t believe it. I think I’m still shocked now as I really didn’t believe that my lesson was so good. I know I’m harsh on myself, but I had a feeling that it wasn’t as good as it could’ve been.

I’m still fighting a virus, but I’m pleased with how well this week has gone. I’m incredibly tired, but ready to take on a new week. I mentioned that I’m worried I have to maintain that high now, but we’ll see how this week goes. I’m personally not convinced, that I’m a high level teacher!

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: What a difference a week makes!

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!

So remember last week? I was exhausted but happy. Well… a day after writing that post I had one of the worst days I’ve had after starting this course in September 2014. I hope that highlights just how tough teaching can be.

I had my first formal observation and I was teaching the whole day. I just don’t know what happened to me! 😦 My lessons were really flat and the behaviour in the classroom was not good. I held it together until the end of the day and then I just lost it and ended up sobbing. I just felt like such a failure. There were times in the day when I thought I just couldn’t do this job anymore. My school were incredibly supportive and I had great support from home and my friends as well. I was a mess. After a night of tears and doubts, I knew I had to carry on. I knew deep down that this is what I want to do, so I plastered on a smile and got on with it!

The rest of the week went okay. Tuesday was a bit of a better day but on Wednesday I felt back to my best. I was formally observed again and came out with good results. I felt more like me again.

I’ve picked up a virus this week, so I’m feeling pretty rubbish health wise. I’m just glad we have an extra day off (tomorrow) as I have a very busy week ahead and who knows what it’s going to be like… I can’t call it!

A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: Exhausted…but happy!

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!

This week I went back to school to start the last school placement I have before I’m a qualified teacher. I spent the two previous weeks prior to the school holidays learning about the school, but now I’m right in there and I’ve taught just over 50% of the week this week. It was supposed to be 50% but with some staff sickness I covered for another teacher.

I had a terrible time with my confidence prior to the Easter break, but I’m very happy to say that I feel like I’m back in my stride and have absolutely loved this week despite being absolutely exhausted!

I’ve taught numerous English and Maths lessons and Science and Geography too. I feel like the children are seeing me as a teacher. They’ve been responsive, engaged, lovely, excited with just a hint of naughtiness from a few!

This week has reminded me of why I want to be a teacher. I’m not saying that every week will be as successful, but right now I’m very, very happy. I’ve had good feedback and I’m excited about the weeks to come! Next week, I go on my first school trip with this class!

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: It’s finally time for Easter break!

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’m happy to say that this week has been much more positive for me. It’s been a fairly easy going week. I decided to try teaching the younger ones for the first time. It went quite well! My teacher tutor was surprised at how well it went. I think I definitely gave off the vibe that I was anxious last week. I was really quiet last week, as I was suffering with my self-esteem. I’m happy that I impressed her. It’s certainly boosted my confidence. Deep down I know I can do this, but I think my body and mind are just ready for the two week break!

I’ve visited some more schools this week for potential jobs for September. I have fallen in love with a school. I’m crossing everything that I get invited to interview. It just felt right. It felt like a school I would love to work in. I haven’t felt the same way in any other school yet. Is it meant to be? Only time will tell!

I won’t be posting any of these posts for 2 weeks as now I’m on a 2 week break! I have got a LOT of planning to do, as after the break my teaching time creeps up, so I have some lessons to prepare. I can guarantee that I’ll be continuing to work hard, but I’m also going to relax, see friends, read, blog and just try and remember how far I’ve come at this point!

A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?

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!

You know that rollercoaster that I’ve been talking about… how I’m always up and down with my emotions? Well this week I hit that downward spiral. Hurtling at full speed. You may think the problem is my new school which I started this week, but no, it wasn’t. The school is lovely, my teacher tutor is lovely and the children seem like they’re going to be a lovely class to be with. I had some really fantastic moments during the week- so it’s definitely nothing wrong with the school.

The problem is, I’ve had a massive confidence crisis. I keep feeling like I can’t do the job and it doesn’t help that I’ve had some of my job applications rejected this week. No. That doesn’t help the confidence.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m not teaching yet, and perhaps after a bit of teaching I’ll find my mojo again. But right now, I’m starting to wonder what on earth I’m doing, yet I know deep down that I want to do this job. A lot of people have said that it’s normal to have a wobble, and I know some friends of mine are experiencing the same thing. I’m just hoping for a better week next week. Teaching is my passion, I know that. I just need to keep hold of it and keep my head up high!

So, if you happen to be reading this if you’re undertaking a PGCE and you feel similar…don’t panic. Please don’t be put off if you’re due to start one too. I know this experience is teaching me a lot more. I’m growing as a person and I’m becoming stronger even if I don’t feel strong right now.

A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: That’s it for uni…

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!

At this moment in time I have finished all of the academic part of the PGCE Primary programme. I have had all of my subject inputs and professional development from the lecturers, so now I will be in my placement school until July! I’m both excited and terrified at the same time.

This week has both been stressful and relaxing at the same time. I had the remaining assignments to be completed and handed in, which I managed, so I was able to take a few days off at the end of the week. The trouble is I seem to be getting poorly as I’ve stopped working and running on adrenaline! Hopefully, come Monday I’ll be ready and raring to go with my new class!

I’m looking forward to meeting them all on Monday! I’m back with younger children and can’t wait to get to know them all. 🙂