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Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by anon3946, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. I'm beginning to doubt I'll even make it through the course, if I'm honest- just depends whether I get failed out, resign or just flat out go insane, but it's been made quite clear to me that I don't have what it takes. I'm struggling big time and it's assumed this is because I'm being lazy or arrogant, when in actual fact I'm up until at least midnight, struggling to do lesson plans which are never good.

    Thing is, I love working with teenagers- but what else can I do besides teaching and being a TA with just an English degree and (hopefully) a PGCE? (Or without a PGCE, if it comes to that.)

    I doubt I'll drop out of the course- it's not in me to do so, but I do worry that I might be told to drop out or that I'll just go flat out insane- I'm having a miserable time and am in tears every night- and be deemed unfit.
    Short of finding a time machine or becoming a new person, what can I do?
  2. amysouthworth

    amysouthworth New commenter


    I'm really sorry to hear the position you are in. It sounds like you are already putting in maximum with your lessons, what more can you actually do?
    What is it about the job that you are finding the most difficult?
    Also what area are the teachers criticising you most?
    In my opinion if you have a love for teaching and working with young people whether it is the lesson planning or lesson delivery I say try and stick with it because it will eventually become easier and more second nature.
    If your not so sure I agree definitely try and finish the course with the qualification then take some time to have a look at other opinions, I'm sure with English you would have many other opinions.
    Hope things get better! :)
  3. Thanks- feeling more optimistic having spoken to some teacher friends who went through the same thoughts on their PGCE. Looking forward to recharging and getting ahead on some stuff over the holidays. Momentary wobble- never mind a rollercoaster, these days- I have a PGCE course! :p
  4. Hi Alliandra
    I know what you mean. I decided at the age of 31 as a single parent to a 5 year old to embark on a 4 year KS2/3 Science ed course, having worked previously in museum education and as a cover supervisor in a secondary school. I've just finished my secondary placement and am having serious doubts about my capabilities. My positives are I'm good with the kids, know my stuff (subject knowledge) and excell academically with the assignments, but I can't seem to teach. Or well, I can but can't managed differentiating for year 7s in one class whose abilities range from WAL of 2-7. I wasn't prepared for that at uni; I've no idea what literacy support to put in place for these students past printing on green or buff paper, and it's apparent the school expected us to be better prepared too. As a science specialist, we have had no input on structuring literacy support for pupils, and I wasn't expecting pupils not to be setted and I wasn't prepared to have to teach history, PSHE and business studies. My wobble isn't done, I'm going to do my degree and NQT year (maybe) and go back to museum education or maybe youth work.

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