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Arghhhh!! I had a bad teaching time, now i'm worried had tarnished my rep as a teacher!

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by MissTondel, Oct 1, 2017.

  1. MissTondel

    MissTondel New commenter

    I am a(n unqualified) Science Teacher and have taught all 3 Sciences and have finally landed the job I aimed for in teaching for ages but have been thrown in the deep end.............I not only have to figure out this 9-1 New GCSE Sciences curriculum as I teach it but they also made me start by teaching the worst of my Sciences subject!

    Its a real baptism of fire, as I don't have much love for chemistry and even learning things on it as I go! (again, as chemistry has been a while), I also don't have the passion for it, find it hard to answer the "further knowledge" questions and in my lessons; chemistry comes out boring/easy at best but me looking incompetent at worst.

    For example, recently I felt like I've done the unforgivable in answering a few of the very basic questions in my least favourite science genre.....terribly, it was embarrassing and I looked incompetent!!

    That was terrible but in a way I do think "God forbid they remember me explaining me taking them step by step in chemical calculations"!

    But in a way i'm appalled at myself for getting that simple information publicly wrong even though I felt such malaise in the lesson.....it doesn't help that I teach science and I am presently teaching the science subject I dislike and not the best at....get me to teach the other two sciences any day but this one sucks :/

    I just want to get through this at an acceptable level of good teaching rather than dreading each horrible week of Chemistry until I can finally move onto calming Biology and reliable Physics.

    But How??....I feel I need a pep-talk from somewhere, anywhere!

    And how can I fake it til I make it? I don't ask for a miracle, I just wish to look like I am on an acceptible level of competency, confidence and knowledge on this for another X amount of weeks.

    It would be a MASSIVE bonus if a Science teacher could help answer a few specific questions if they can to (re: the new GCSE 9-1)
  2. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    Hello @MissTondel and welcome :)

    I was a bit surprised that out of the three it was chemistry you liked the least. For me the order of preference would be physics, chemistry, biology, and for a friend of mine who's a biology specialist, it's biology, chemistry, physics. (It was a pleasure answering his physics questions.)

    Actually, that could be the theme of a new thread.

    Anyway, although I can't help with any specifics, I would certainly recommend YouTube videos for inspiration in any subject. (Apologies if you've already tried that.). I can find myself inspired by almost anything, if it's presented interestingly enough.

    Late one night I found myself watching this chemistry video, on a topic I'd never come across:

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  3. Talc_1234

    Talc_1234 New commenter

    No short cuts to learning the subject material. However there plenty of you tube videos and practical demonstrations
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  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi MissTondel

    I don't teach any sciences at all, but I wanted to say you might want to post this over on the Science Forum under the subject section. Over on that forum you may get more answers to your questions relating to the new science curriculum.

    If you know the questions before the lesson , you have a chance to practice answering them or try to access an answer sheet.

    Try to approach studying the subject with a positive frame of mind.

    I agree YouTube videos are interesting and almost any topic you need to learn/ review will be on there.

    Forget your past humiliation and stop rehearsing it in your mind. It has happened, no one died and it is all part of learning to be a teacher. Take that experience and learn from it.

    When you prepare your lessons, practice the questions first before you get the students to work them out. Perhaps find some good chemistry notes that explain things clearly.

    Although it may be painful now, the time you invest in getting better at chemistry will be an investment.
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  5. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Why not do a qualification?

    Then maybe some/all of your questions would be answered...;)
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  6. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Is your user name is also your real name? You might want to change it to something more anonymous (by emailing help@tes.com). It's not only helpful teachers who read these forums.
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  7. install

    install Star commenter

    Speak to your line manager/mentor asap or someone at your school that you feel shpuld support you further.
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  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Don't be so hard on yourself.
    Even subject specialists make mistakes in lessons. Kids will forgive.
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  9. saluki

    saluki Lead commenter

    But a GCSE 9-1 textbook. Turn the textbook into lessons. Look for resources on TES and Teachit etc. Look on your exam board website - there may be resources there. There will be mock exams and other stuff. Surely you studied GCSE Chemistry so something will be lurking in your brain somewhere.
    We've all done it. Last year, when moderating coursework, I found that lots of the students had misinterpreted the text. I questioned the teacher as to whether they had taught pathetic fallacy.
    Did you say that the weather foreshadowed good events?
    Well actually the weather was heavy and oppressive foreshadowing something bad was going to happen e.g. the murder which was the subject of the text.'
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  10. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Wouldn't be much pathos involved if the weather presaged GOOD events!! ;):rolleyes:

    You do worry. :(
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  11. blazer

    blazer Star commenter

    When you say 'unqualified' do you mean you do not have a science degree or do not have a teaching qualification? Or both?
  12. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

    Change your user name, post the questions on the science forum and we'll try to help.
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  13. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    How can you not like Chemistry?!

    Are you unqualified as in no science degree, teaching degree or both? Frankly (and sorry to be blunt) those without a science degree should not be teaching science at GCSE. You may have to bone up on your own knowledge.

    Even qualified scientists make the odd silly mistake when teaching, just ensure its not a regular thing!
  14. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Because it is THE most tedious and boring of any of the sciences.

    Gave up degree level biology after a fortnight because I could draw well enough.
    Gave up degree level chemistry after a year because organic chemistry was beyond boring.
    Ended up with combined honours in Maths and Physics; the only true sciences. :p
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  15. delmamerchant

    delmamerchant Established commenter

    I agree re the advice you have been given. I must say, I think you need to motivate yourself a bit more as there are so many resources out there to support teachers.
    if you are not qualified and you have been given the opportunity to teach then rise to the occasion, they must have seen that you have great potential:)
  16. Noteasyprofession

    Noteasyprofession New commenter

    There is good advice here-
    remember the biggest gift a teacher can share is enthusiasm
    PREPARE through you tube and do this one lesson at a time.
    stay enthusiastic- there will be a major chemist in your class!!!!

    It is hard to stay a step ahead of students....but try to look at their learning and their progress....best teachers ALWAYS CARE....and push them to LEARN
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  17. dog_walker

    dog_walker New commenter

    I used to teach science... I have A Levels in all three but they're from nearly 20 years ago..

    Tell the kids you are a physicist, or biologist, so it's not your area. (If you make a mistake that is).

    everyone's going to make mistakes at some point, don't beat yourself up about it
  18. ScienceQueen25

    ScienceQueen25 New commenter

    I am qualified in a BSc (Hons) and a MSc in Biosciences but have NO Teaching degree.
  19. ScienceQueen25

    ScienceQueen25 New commenter

    I tried to find where I can do that but its very un-findable!! :/
    i'd of done that in a shot otherwise
  20. phlogiston

    phlogiston Star commenter

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