Hello (Excuse the long post) This is my first placement as part of a PGCE. I am doing my best, but perhaps I'm not performing as well as a typical PGCE student would or should, and thus not enjoying school at all. From conversations I've had with the teachers I work with, their impression is that I don't look very comfortable in the classroom, I'm lacking any real authoritative presence and that the pupils don't really take me seriously. That is to say, when I'm about to address the whole class, there will be plenty of pupils who repeatedly ignore my requests for quiet and continue to talk- meaning that I can either talk over them (which is of course not recommended) or I can continue to insist on quiet (which can last for minutes and turn into a joke). This happens every day. ... and that when I keep them in after school, they are disrespectful, believing there to be no real consequence when it comes to me. What I suspect is that if I don't volunteer to leave, someone at the university might find themselves having to recommend that to me. I would like to become an accomplished, competent teacher who can really serve the pupils and be fulfilled in their work, but if my own learning process is at the expense of the pupils' learning (because of me not being able to establish a good classroom climate) then it's a tricky aspiration to chase. Again, I'm trying my best, and I'm not the type of person who believes that anyone is "suited to teaching" but rather that is is a skill to be practiced. Is good teaching really a set of discrete, practicable skills that can be learned, even by someone who is not very confident or assertive at this moment? I hope so. I suppose I'd like to know if it is possible for a person to do a bad job of their teaching placement(s) and then become a great teacher someday despite that, through building a convincing and authentic teaching persona and learning to behave confidently in the classroom (including finding their voice and improving their basic interaction). Thanks to anyone who can share or advise.