I’ve recently been made aware that my blog has just been shared on the fantastic ‘York Students in Schools’ facebook page; thank you for popping along to have a look. Hopefully nothing on here is putting you off wanting to teach – I’m just trying to give a realistic view of what goes on during a PGCE course. I will say (shameless plug) that, if you’re at the University of York and want to teach, then a YSIS placement is such good preparation and I couldn’t recommend it more highly!
Anyway, enough of that, this week we are back in Faculty (Uni) which, as regular readers will know, I am not a fan of. The classroom is where I’m at my best. Today involved a series of terrifying lectures on what is expected from us on our 1b placements which will be 8 weeks long, two weeks before Christmas and six after. It all seemed frightening when they were telling us what we need to do but currently I work on the philosophy that you need to take one week at a time. It’s worked so far!
In amongst this hard-line talk were some interim moments of, what I like to call, ‘non-sensical fluff’. I know that meditation is for some people, and I am in no way being derogatory towards it but, personally, it’s just too…..fluffy. I’m all for chilling out to fight stress, but if you make me close my eyes in the middle of a lecture hall and breathe deeply then all that’s going to happen is that I will get the giggles. Combined with a cold it just ain’t pretty…..