Reminiscence Day

Today I had my day at an ‘alternative educational setting’.  Rather than seeing any children at work I was treated to a day with the elderly at a farm.  The location was fab and there were some wonderful activities laid on for the old folk to have a go at.  Unfortunately, most of the visitors were carers and the elderly who did turn up had their carers with them which meant that they weren’t really open to having any conversations.

I did do some arts and crafts though and see some cool old stuff…

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I have no words…

Ok, I’m totally lying, of course I have words!  The title of this particular post relates to (yet another) rather baffling email from Faculty.  This time, they are saying that they haven’t got enough placements for us on our Part Two placement, you know, our final examined one?  

Not only do they not have enough placement schools but they can’t guarantee that we’ll be with the right year group.  In my case, the ‘right’ year group would be Year 5 or Year 6; frankly I’m appalled!  Anyway, I sent them a fair email saying that a) I was shocked at their organisation – for a number one institution in the country for PGCEs this just isn’t acceptable; b) I was hoping for more; c) I will drive a car but only if they rent me one, pay for it, and pay my petrol costs; and finally d) that I would accept another placement in Year 4, otherwise it will have to be Year 5 or 6.  If they place me in KS1 I politely inferred that I would raise merry hell until they gave me what I expected when I joined the course!

Ooooof it really does wind me up!  It’s days like this when I think I should have done Teach First; Faculty makes it very hard for me to remain calm and happy…..

Numbing the pain…

…of actually thinking about the second 6000-word-Masters-Level-Assignment-On-Pupils-Perspectives by looking for a job.

Both tasks suck as much as the other.

The Problem of TV on education.

Watch this video and listen to the vocabulary used.

Now go and find a clip of the Teletubbies.

Is it any wonder that modern-day children are poor at spelling and speaking?

How to maintain productivity during study week

First of all, get up early and get going.  Obviously allow yourself a later start than normal (reached faculty at 9.30 rather than 9), but don’t hang about like a cat between the hours of 9am and 6pm; get going!  

Secondly, find a place to work which is reasonably quiet but you can still discuss ideas.  

Thirdly, and most importantly, ensure everyone brings cake.Image

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What Half-term feels like….

What Half-term feels like....

So it’s happened, we’ve reached half-term! Seven weeks into the course, three spent in school and five at faculty. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that you’ve reached half-term…not that it’s called half-term, it’s ‘assignment preparation week’, We have 6000 words to write but right now, that’s not on my mind!

I know I’ve sounded a bit down about the whole course this week, but that’s because the PGCE is tough, really, really tough and I’m not quite ‘getting’ the Faculty side of things; the school bit however is right up my street (which is good because that’s where I need to be as a teacher). But don’t let my negativity about the course put you off. Whilst at times during the course it feels like you’re dragging the whole word with you, and you know you need to be able to lift it but you just can’t seem to get it off the floor it’s important not to give up. Because eventually, and this is what I’m hoping will happen, by the end of the year that world is gonna bounce right off the floor and hover above my head and I’ll have conquered it (world is clearly being used as a metaphor for the PGCE course….I’m tired right now, stay with it!).

In the meantime I’m looking forward to a week of focused work, because then it’ll just be one more week until I’m back in the classroom – now let me at ’em!!