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Feeling inadequate.

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by MissKDH, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. On a 4 year KS2/3 course, and I've just finished my second year, secondary placement and feeling completely inadequate. We've spent the past 2 years focusing on subject knowledge with pedagogy, and as a science specialist I've had little input on literacy (apart from one module last year).

    We were made to teach a range of secondary subject despite being science specialists and only got to teach 25% science. The other classes we taught weren't setted, and we had WAL of 2-7 in one class and II get the distinct impression that school expected us (there was more than one of us in the same school) to be able to do more. For example, I had no idea of what literacy support for low-attaining pupils or what activities I could do to support the pupils learning. To be honest I wasn't expecting to have to teach anything other than science nor was I expecting to have to teach pupils who weren't setted at secondary level. My placement last year didn't prepare me for this at all, nor did the year I spent working in a secondary school before I started my course. I've left feeling utterly useless and seriously considering teaching as a career, despite loving working with children and science.

    I don't feel like placement taught me or trained me in anything, other than making me feel inadequate.
  2. MissKDH, you have my sympathy. I have just finished my second placement on a PGCE, and I'm 50 next month. I have three kids and 28 years work experience, yet I'm feeling totally inadequate like yourself, although I have received satisfactory and good ratings in my profile document. You must talk to you tutor. See what others think of your practice so far. Perhaps you are being too hard on yourself, or your expectations are unrealistic. You have to be honest if you need help - everyone is there to help you and they want you to succeed. See it through, but take advantage of the support and mentoring that are available.Regards David
  3. Hi David, thanks for the reply. I'm in my early 30s with a divorce under my belt and a young child. I take my hat off to anyone who can do this with a child, let alone 3! I aced my placement last year (primary), but my hearts not there-I prefer secondary. I think I am probably being too hard on myself (failing and owing an obscene amount of money doesn't appeal) but it's harder knowing someone on my specialism got an outstanding (oh, how I'd like to have nothing to worrying about other than university and placements!). My course leader has been amazing, but I still can't help looking at other options. Best of luck to you.

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