A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: Preparation for school begins!

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 have spent this week at my school for the next few months! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The school is SO welcoming.

Monday

I was nervous to go in, but luckily the staff have welcomed us all so warmly. They’ve been incredibly helpful and I left on Monday feeling incredibly welcome and not at all like a spare part. I’m working in Year 4, where they are 8-9 years old. I am paired with another student, so some of the time we will ‘team teach’ so plan and carry out lessons together. I think that’ll be a great learning experience.

Tuesday

Tuesday was a funny sort of day because we weren’t in the classroom much. We were going through the timetable, policies and procedures with the class teacher. We also had some time to think of lessons that we’ll be doing the week after next.

Wednesday

On Wednesday I spent some more time in the classroom. It was really important for me to get to know the children. I think this will stand me in good stead for when I begin to teach them. I have been given responsibilities this week, but I’m really looking forward to taking leadership and control. There’s a teacher within me itching to get out!

Thursday

Thursday was another day when I got a lot of uni based tasks completed. It’s been useful to have this preparation week because I feel like I know more about the school, the class and the way it runs rather than going into it blind the week after next. I’ve also spent some time supporting Maths and English. I’ve certainly had my times tables refreshed!

Friday

Friday brought a Phonics workshop for prospective parents for children starting school in September. We attended the workshop to learn more about the phonics system used in the school. It was very informative. Later in the day I experienced a violin lesson! It’s not as noisy as I had anticipated and the children seemed to love it!

Next week I’m back at uni! (*sobs*  schools have half term but not us!) After next week though it’s placement for 6 weeks. This course is already flying by!

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A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: A Step In The Right Direction!

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 is my last week at University before I start an observation week at my placement school. It feels like this is a really ‘nothing’ week if that makes sense. Obviously, our lectures are still important, but I feel like it would’ve been more helpful to have workshops and really helpful lectures to somewhat prepare us for next week. Oh well. I’ve still enjoyed Science, Primary Foreign Languages, English and Maths this week.

Monday

Monday was a day packed full of Science and Primary Foreign Languages. I enjoyed teaching an experiment to the rest of my group. It was useful to think about how we’d teach the activity to children. Primary Foreign Languages was a bit of a funny one. I know it’s important, but I just don’t see myself as a language teacher. I know this is going to have to change though. I have to be able to teach across the curriculum to teach Primary. My placement school teaches French, so the French re-capping will have to begin pretty soon!

Tuesday

Tuesday was full of English as per usual. I do love English. You can probably tell that through me being such a big reader! I can’t wait to teach English in schools. I have so many ideas just waiting to come out. We also learnt more about our placements this week and the expectations. I feel little butterflies in my stomach just gently fluttering away.

Wednesday

Wednesday was tiring because I had a VERY late night on Tuesday. Lesson No 1: Don’t underestimate the need for a full night’s sleep! I had Primary Foreign Languages and despite having a later start, I got up early to keep to a routine, but I could NOT focus in the class. Oh dear…

Thursday

Thursday was an interesting day because I felt like I took a massive step in the right direction with regards to Maths. I’ve said a few times now that Maths scares me. I’ve always had some anxiety around it, but since putting my positive hat on I’ve come to view it in a different light. I feel like I am going to have a lot of empathy for those children struggling with Maths as I’ve been there (bad experiences at school!) I attended an extra Maths seminar and it made all of the difference to my confidence. I could do it!

Friday

They gave us a treat on Friday… we finished early! Lovely! During Friday’s lecture we had a go at planning a lesson which was really helpful. I have a feeling that I’m going to take a while to get used to planning, but I’m excited to start it.  On Friday afternoon/evening I went through a lot of my work, got my files organised, practised some Maths (!!!) completed some audits and now I’m ready for the weekend.

I feel like I’ve taken a massive step in the right direction this week. I’m aware that I might take a step back at some point, but right now I want to focus on the positive and remember feeling this happy that I’ve mastered some skills that I thought I’d never be able to do. My Maths confidence has increased and I’m in a good place.

Handy Tip for Maths: Sign up for the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. It’s helped me so much and I’ve only visited it once! 

Next week… I spend a week in my placement school. EEK!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary PGCE Student: Tired 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!

Monday

Oh another Monday. How they come around so soon! I finished Geography today, so basically I’m now trained to teach Geography. Hmmm… I feel confident enough, but it’s definitely going to be a subject that I have to keep my eye on. It changes so often. I feel energised about it though. I really feel like I could make it fun and exciting and hopefully take into account the children’s personal geographies. Science was fun as it was practical. I’m feeling very enthusiastic about Science. Now there’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever write…

Tuesday

Tuesday went by quite quickly considering that I knew that at the end of the day I was going to find out whether I had a school or not to start working in the week after next. I enjoyed my English day, but really I was waiting to find out where I was going to be placed. I won’t mention the school name as obviously I want to keep that confidential. I will say that it’s quite a large Primary school (so 4-11 years old). I am going to be in Year 4 which is 8-9 year olds. I’m happy with this age group. My experience is largely with 5-6 year olds so I’m happy to have something completely different!

Wednesday

It really felt like it should have been Friday. I was so exhausted on Wednesday. I found myself switching off in lessons which I hate, as it’s not the lecturer’s fault. I’m just so drained at the moment. It’s not just the days at University. It’s the evenings when I’m working too. I am still having my one day off a week. I can’t cope without a day off. I think the problem with Wednesday’s is I have a 3 hour P.E lesson which is physically draining in itself! I’m now trained to teach P.E though. No more P.E lessons for me (until I teach them…)

Thursday

Thursday is always a Maths day. It went okay today though. I have a much better attitude towards Maths and that’s improving my enjoyment of it. The team are always enthusiastic and have great ideas to use with children! I’m noticing that all of my friends are feeling as tired as I am. It feels like we’ve hit a wall this week. We just don’t have the motivation at the moment. We handed in an assignment, but you couldn’t tell we had… you’d think we would’ve been happy!

Friday

Friday was a much needed shorter day for me. I may have quite a bit to do this weekend, but at least I know I don’t have to get up early at the weekend if I don’t want to! My lecture today had quite dry content, but it was incredibly informative. So much to think about! First… THE WEEKEND!!!

Book bought this week for my collection (image goes to Goodreads):

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Next week: My last week at university before I spend some time at my school!!!

 

A Week In The Life of A Primary PGCE Student: So much to do!

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!

Monday

I woke up on Monday wondering why the weekend had flown by so fast. Probably not the positive thoughts that I should have started the week with. Hey ho, off I went to University. Monday’s schedule was a long day of Geography and Science. I’m really enjoying my Geography lessons. The teacher is so infectious. She’s made me love a subject that I wasn’t overly fussed with. She has got some fantastic ideas that she’s shared and I’m now really looking forward to teaching Geography. It just shows what a good teacher can do for you. Let’s hope I’m a teacher that inspires her students as much. Science was quite heavy going but we did have some practical tasks which were interesting. Monday night was full of reading for English tomorrow. As English is a core subject, we have to study it for longer periods of time. I do love English though!

Tuesday

Tuesday was a thought-provoking day.  I find myself constantly challenging my opinions on education due to the readings I’m doing and the input of the lecturers. I’m discovering children’s literature that I wasn’t aware of and how to challenge the children in my class. I also found out that on Tuesday of next week I should know where my school is… ARGH!! I have a lot of tasks to do this weekend and it’s only Tuesday!

Wednesday

Wednesday was challenging. Not because of the subjects, but because of some strong characters in my class and that’s all I shall say! 😉 I’m learning to become more assertive though so that’s a positive thing. I’m exhausted after a very physical lesson, but in another way I’m energised and thoughtful. This certainly has been a week of many emotions so far.

Thursday

I promised myself that I’d go into my Maths day with a positive mind and have a positive experience of Maths. It worked! I found the lesson incredibly enjoyable, informative and thought provoking. I am so nervous still about teaching Maths, but in another way I want to be in the classroom and learning on the job, so to speak.

Friday

Today I found out that I’m going to be paired with one of my friends on my first placement. I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand it’s going to be amazing to have her there for the support and to be with someone that I enjoy spending time with. On the other hand, I’m worried that I’ll compare myself to her. (I think she’s going to be amazing) I think I’m going to have to try and turn this around into a positive and think about how much we’ll learn from one another. Our first placement is looming and I’m excited. I can’t wait to find out where I am next week! But first…. SO MUCH WORK TO BE DONE!

Thank you all once again, for your input towards these posts. They’re making me reflect which I appreciate. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask them. Especially if you’re thinking of applying. I will advise you as best as I can even though it might not be right away. Honestly, I truly appreciate your kind words and feedback. It’s keeping me going and putting a huge smile on my face.

Next week: I have to ‘teach’ some subjects to my peers and I find out what school I’m in! Exciting times ahead.

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: P.E being fun? What’s that about?!

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 has been full of fun and laughter! It’s not been plain sailing though. I’ve been absolutely exhausted and my personal reading has suffered. I knew this was going to happen though. I’ve just got to remember that it’s not for long.

Monday

On Monday I had a 9am-4pm day with 3 hours of Geography and 3 hours of Science. My initial thoughts were to flee in the opposite direction of Geography. I hadn’t studied it for many, many years. It was so fun though! The Geography teacher was enthusiastic and passionate about her subject. I think that rubs off on the students. Science was good fun too. Both subjects were full of great, practical activities. This made it enjoyable for us and definitely sparked some ideas about what to do with my future class. The future class aspect terrifies me. Will I ever know enough to have my own class?

Tuesday

Tuesday was another long day. This time it focussed on English. I adore English. I loved sharing children’s books and discovering new pieces of children’s literature. English seems like it’s going to be quite a heavy workload. I hope if I can keep on top of it then I won’t feel too snowed under.

Wednesday

I have to admit, I was dreading this day which was packed full of 3 hour sessions of Religious Education and Physical Education. I realised how much I didn’t know about religion. Definitely something I need to brush up on. Luckily the very lovely teacher got us working on researching religions. We’re going to share the research we found with each other. That’ll be so helpful. P.E was the subject I was dreading the most, but it was actually really fun. We had to learn some theory, of course, but we also had a lot of fun trying out activities and games!

Thursday

On Thursday, I experienced the downwards spiral that is this course. I was really emotional and doubting myself. In some ways I still am doubting myself. I’m trying to put it down to tiredness though. It’s been a long week with long days and work continuing into the evening. I had Maths, like I’ll have every Thursday and I just found it to be incredibly mentally draining. I’m hoping I can change my attitude towards Maths though.

Friday

I was so happy it was Friday. I am loving the experience, but I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired before. It’s just physically and mentally draining. I keep on trying to remind myself that it’s only for a while and the end result will be so worth it. I do worry though, I’m not even on placement yet and I’m finding it hard to keep my eyes open in the evening. I’m looking forward to my Sunday off. I’ve dedicated one day a week to take off- a day purely for me. I think I’ll need it.

Children’s books added to my growing children’s library (Clicking the image will take you to Goodreads!):

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Thank you all for your lovely feedback on these weekly posts. I’m thrilled that people are reading + enjoying my weekly personal posts. It’s great to know that people are reading and enjoying my reflections.

 

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: Induction

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!

Monday:

I’m lucky I’m used to these early morning starts. I was out of the house by 6:55am on Monday. I felt raring to go which was unusual for me as I’m naturally an incredibly anxious person. I chatted to a few people but unfortunately found myself alone for 4 hours between my lectures (in ‘normal’ weeks this won’t happen, it’s just because it’s induction week) Every person I chatted to was not in my group. Damn. Luckily I know the uni well having completed my undergraduate degree at the institution. I’m a prepared bookworm and I had my kindle with me, so I sat and read for a few hours. I waited until 2pm until I finally met the rest of my group. Hopefully the week will be easier now. I’ve felt quite emotional today. I think I’m realising the scope of what I’m doing and the hard work, dedication and importance of what I’m training for. Let’s hope I can hold it together! It’s only Monday!

Tuesday:

Day two was a lot easier on my emotions. I met some lovely people in my group who had similar concerns to me. I laughed a lot, which is always a good sign! I also felt like I had learnt something from several induction lectures. It was lovely to meet a group of people that I could relate to and spend time with. We’re going to need to support each other a lot over the next year.

Wednesday:

Day three brought with it more learning! It was lovely to reflect on our pre-course placement experiences. The afternoon was heavier, but it soon passed quickly. I have got so much reading to do already. I’ll need to get to it as soon as I can as I’m off on a hen weekend this weekend for my brother’s fiancée!

Thursday:

It felt like day four started to bring everything together.  Every peer I have had conversations with have been so lovely and incredibly supportive. I feel confident that we’ll all support each other as much as we can.  I’m excited to see (although not sure how I’m going to fit it in!) that I need to read the minimum of 30 children’s books and write a review on them (I’m wondering whether I can use these reviews for my blog too!). I’m very much looking forward to the last day of the week. So much to take in.

Friday:

Friday felt like it took a long time to come, I’ve learnt so much this week and I know it’s only going to increase as time goes on. It’s funny though, I feel much more positive going into the week ahead. I felt overwhelmed at the beginning of the week, but now I’m pretty much ready to dive in and learn the subject knowledge no matter how tough it’s going to be. Every teacher (for the course) I’ve come into contact with has been so useful, inspirational, creative and passionate. I’m excited to learn and grow from them.

Next week’s post will highlight my thoughts on my ‘proper’ lectures as lessons begin! I’ve got Geography, Science, Maths, English, R.E and P.E! It’s like going back to school and I’m actually quite excited for it.

A Week In The Life of a Primary PGCE Student: The calm before the storm?

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 it’s finally upon me. Tomorrow I start my PGCE training! I’m looking at my induction timetable and I’m already feeling a bit overwhelmed. It’s jam packed and with my commute time to and from university, I’m going to have very long days. I’m planning to read on my commute time though. I’m determined not to let my reading slow too much.

I’ve spent the last two weeks in a primary school. I’ve been surprised at how much I’m enjoying working with the over 7’s. My experience was previously with 4-7 year olds, so I felt very nervous about older children. I’ve worked out that it’s good to step outside my comfort zone because I was pleasantly surprised.

I’m most nervous about meeting new people. I’m a very shy person in front of other adults- children don’t phase me but adults seem to! I’m sure everything will be fine though.

So let’s hope next week I’m feeling positive and raring to go! I hope you enjoy this new insight into what’s going on with me. The rest of the week will be filled with book reviews and meme posts (if I can schedule them in time! 😉 )