Hi everyone I've recently started a SCITT in MFL and have been on a bit of a downer; don't know if anyone can help/empathise. My mentor is normally great and very positive, but I have this annoying lesson changeover on Tuesdays going from Year 7s to Year 8s (I know this is normal life for teachers, bear with me), which means I arrive to the Year 8s sometimes a bit flustered. They are a smart but boisterous bunch but I really really hate teaching them before lunch, which is the Tuesday slot. I taught English in the UK and overseas so can plan a lesson fine but am really stuck with TL in the lesson. My Friday double morning sessions with the same class usually go a lot better. The lesson yesterday was 'bad' as I spent a lot of it talking myself (mostly not in the TL and in general a big no no from TEFL days), however the pupils weren't exactly as enthused with choral repetition as I'd hoped so I skipped over a lot of stuff. I was told that the pace was not good enough, BUT this has been good in previous lessons, as my mentor has recognised. My mentor was visibly annoyed with me after the lesson and said she and a colleague were concerned about my progress, which I thought was a bit harsh given the early stages of my training (like they never have a bad lesson??!!). My TL was strong at the start but has slipped as I deal with behaviour and explaining more complex ideas (the top set always have questions beyond the SoW and believe me I do cater to this with a modified lesson/activities, I also have native speakers with behavioural issues in my class which adds an extra challenge, so I just give them normally an A-Level article/authentic materials with questions to answer based on the topic we're studying and get them to write a lot more, as their writing is often terrible) and now I have to SCRIPT every lesson down to the minute with exactly what I am going to say and I really resent it. I am creating all my lessons and resources from scratch and have to do uni study, write essays etc and not to mention I have covered lessons for mentor at the last minute when she was off sick. I'm just really tired and frustrated with all the extra work and feel I am not free to teach with creativity. Also, am I expected to be able to manage 30 kids instantly after only 6 weeks' training???! I just want to give up now.