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Alternative Education Setting - Placement Tasks

Discussion in 'Primary' started by shumphrys91, Feb 2, 2020.

  1. shumphrys91

    shumphrys91 New commenter

    Hi TES community,

    I am currently on my PGCE (Primary with Mathematics) course and have my alternative education placement coming up. As I am doing the maths pathway, my placement must be in a secondary school working in a maths department. My placement has been organised and will commence at the beginning of March. The problem is... I don't know what tasks to set myself! NB: the uni doesn't organise this placement and one must organise it themself.

    My initial thought is to look at what my uni had planned for my first placement and model the alternative placement tasks on something similar.

    Has anyone else previously been a PGCE student and completed their alternative setting placement in a secondary school? What sort of tasks did you set yourself? Any advice would be helpful!

    Alternatively, is anyone a PGCE student on a secondary course specialising in maths? What tasks were you initially set on your first placement?

  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Turn up on time
    Dress and behave appropriately
    Ask questions as and when they occur to you
    Write a 'reflection' each evening

    Talk to the teachers you work with when you arrive and see what they are happy for you to do. I assume you are there for a couple of weeks at least?
  3. shumphrys91

    shumphrys91 New commenter

    Thanks for your input. I definitely understand the need to dress and behave appropriately, as well as to reflect. I was more after specific tasks that you would do. Observation would definitely be one of them. I was trying to be proactive and put together a proposal for my alternative placement school because it is not really their responsibility to come up with tasks for me.

    I guess I will stick to observations and working with small groups :)
  4. TheOracleAtDelphi

    TheOracleAtDelphi Established commenter

    I wrote a long post yesterday but it vanished into the ether...so this is a much truncated version

    Is this like an enrichment placement? When I did mine it happened at the end of the course so might be different but we weren't given specific tasks. The only thing we had to do was talk about our experience on one of the university days. Mine was in a specialist provision and I basically acted as a TA/extra pair of hands, although one teacher did also let/ask me to do a little bit of small group work too. Although I spent a lot of time with the subject teacher, I also spent time in a range of other lessons and other activities.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    I should probably apologise, my post could come across as patronising, but I meant it to be TIC and to reassure that nothing very advanced will be needed or required. As in don't stress yourself about it, just take the opportunity to enjoy an alternative.
    These aren't very useful tasks necessarily.
    Think what you want to learn from the placement...and plan for how you can learn those things.

    What, for you, is going to be the point in seeing a secondary school when you are training for primary? Is it to see the expectations of maths in year 7 and compare to year 6? Is it to look at setting and discuss with the HOD how they do it and why? Is it to look at practical work in maths? How calculators are used? etc etc

    Why did you choose a maths pathway? What is your passion when it comes to maths learning? Think about a little project to do with this that will enable you to improve your work in primary.

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