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For all the BA/BEd trainees :)

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by jo_south_yorks, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. Hey :)
    I'm not a newbie to TES, but I do feel like the Student Teachers forum is mainly PGCE-ers, and there doesn't seem to be many of us who have done the degree route. So... make yourselves known!!
    I'm third year at University of Northampton, just so you know :)
    So.. where are you all hiding! Are you enjoying your course, are you on placement at the moment, what year are you in etc!
    Let's have this as a bit of a mini forum for us BA/BEd students :)
    JSY x
     
  2. Hey :)
    I'm not a newbie to TES, but I do feel like the Student Teachers forum is mainly PGCE-ers, and there doesn't seem to be many of us who have done the degree route. So... make yourselves known!!
    I'm third year at University of Northampton, just so you know :)
    So.. where are you all hiding! Are you enjoying your course, are you on placement at the moment, what year are you in etc!
    Let's have this as a bit of a mini forum for us BA/BEd students :)
    JSY x
     
  3. Hey JSY. :)

    I feel the same!! Big up the Ba! :p I'm a third year at Kingston.

    We don't go into the block placement until March, but I have an "introductory week" in December. I love my course SO much.
     
  4. JCA_1989

    JCA_1989 New commenter

    Hey. Im a third year at the University of Cumbria. We don't start our final block until May so we have a long time to wait. Dissertation is scaring me, I should really be getting on with it!
    Love my course, although i can't wait to graduate and hopefully get a job!
     
  5. I knew I wouldn't be the only one feeling like that!
    I'm on placement on and off for most of next half term, then fulltime teaching for the 2nd half term of spring (feb half term to easter), then that is it!
    Before xmas I have 7500 words to write, most of that being a core subjects cross subject assignment. Dissertation is on the back burner at the moment, as are standards at the moment :(
    I'm useless at time management, though I'm getting better!
    Time to start looking for jobs soon, we had a mini-lecture from some past students last year about NQT year and job hunting from the students perspective rather than the uni tutor's perspective, and its a bit scary now!
    Nice to meet you both, hope more join us!
    JSY x
     
  6. I also am on a BEd in my third year.

    On teaching practice atm and had Ofsted in this week so feeling a little exhausted!! It's all well and good though because at least I know what to expect when they come in and I'm "teaching for real".

    Have three more weeks of this teaching practice, then a mad time of assignments and dissertation etc before my final teaching practice which is in May/June. Also got to start the job hunt as you say - time management becomes an important thing with so much going on!

    All the best to everyone on here!
     
  7. Hey all,
    I am on a 4 year BEd course and in my final year which is very exciting but scary. We have a few assignments to be getting on with and to be handed in before Xmas and after. Then placement starts Jan until April. I can't wait to graduate and hopefully find a job, although I am worried about actually being able to find one/the interview process etc.
    Mmmchocolate!

     
  8. Hello!

    I'm the odd one out because I'm a first year BEd at University of Gloucestershire. Really enjoying it so far, despite everything being a bit overwhelming, with lots of different folders and organising its getting a lot easier. I go on my first placement in two weeks which is exciting, although a little daunting, because I'm fully prepared to be shattered as I also work part time. Any hints and tips which you lot think are vital?

    Glad to see that even nearing the end of the course, you all seem very enthusiastic!

    x
     
  9. It is still overwhelming even into the last few months of training!
    I have to be honest, I sometimes have days when I wonder if I'm cut out for all this, I think everyone does, but the thought of having my own class in less than a years time keeps me enthusiastic and excited about things. I have a huge workload at the moment, but I know that once Christmas comes, I will be on the home straight and almost at the end!
    Hints and tips - ASK QUESTIONS!!!!!!!! Especially on placements I would say, keep in mind they are the class teacher and know best for their class, ask for help with planning if you need some ideas, ask for tips for behaviour management, something that you have seen work with one class might not work for your class (I'm speaking from experience here as BM is my weakest area!!). Keep organised for uni, your tutors will be telling you things and making you do things for a reason. At the end of the 3 (or 4 years) you have to prove you met all of the QTS Standards, the things tutors get you to do will be working towards these standards.
    Ask on here if you need help with things, sometimes it is best to ask on Primary as more teachers are on there, but if you have a question about placements or training in general, the resident help James is always willing to answer questions.
    Basically, it's all about asking questions and keeping organised I have found.
    Oh yeah, and don't forget, you are only human, and you are a fresher at uni so there's one thing you must not forget to do - go out, have fun, and enjoy your time at Uni!!!
    JSY x
     
  10. I'm a third year trainee at Scarborough (University of Hull). I am currently
    on my final placement and loving it (as I have loved all my other placements) though I have realised that I want to teach upper KS2 ideally when I graduate!Y1/2 are funny but just too little for me! I get annoyed at uni and their disorganisation and the workload but at the same time I wouldn't want to be doing any other course because I know teaching is what I want to do and I have enjoyed my placements so much!
    Ellie
    x
     
  11. JCA_1989

    JCA_1989 New commenter

    This is a good thread guys, it would be good to keep it going!
    How is everybody coping with the workload this year? I know at my uni it seems that they have thrown everything at us this year, as opposed to spreading it out! I don't have many assignments to do before xmas, but after that the workload really intensifies leading upto my final block placement in April.
    Has anybody done their TDA's? I passed my early on, just to get them out of the way!
    xx
     
  12. I assume you mean the Skills Tests? TDA is the organisation not the name of the tests! :p
    Yeah mine are all out of the way, thankfully.
    Workload - 4500 word assignment and another 1000 word assignment due within the next two weeks, 4 exams a week before xmas (3 on the same day :( ), and also lit review of dissertation to do before christmas. After christmas its just tying up loose ends work wise and a 7 week placement until easter. After easter, home stretch, dissertation due beginning of may and standards files to sort out. Seems like my uni packs it in in AUtum term then placement in Spring then done, rather than most of you saying you have placement in April May. I
    And yes we should keep this going this year, and even onto the NQT forum come September!!
    Hope you've all had a good weekend
    JSY xx *needs to go check on the chicken in the oven...*
     
  13. JCA_1989

    JCA_1989 New commenter

    Yes sorry of course I meant the skills tests, silly me.
    I am on a reading week at the moment, which has been terribly un-productive. I have done no work, which is dreadful. Do you know where you want to work yet? Have you applied to any pools? x
     
  14. We don't get reading weeks. Every other course gets a reading week but not us :(

    We havent been told about how to apply for jobs through NQT pools yet and nothing about references either so can't apply yet. Bit rubbish but we should get told in two weeks as we have a lecture about that.
    Where to work - well as my name suggests I'm originally from S Yorks, looking at moving back near home or in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire. :)
    JSY x
     
  15. We don't get reading weeks either which really infuriates me! [​IMG]
    Passed QTS first time, (all three) [​IMG] which I was relieved/surprised about (maths especially).
    If I was you JSY I would maybe send an e-mail to a favourite (I know, I know, we aren't supposed to have 'favourites' etc but lets face it- we always do!) tutor at uni and enquire about applying to pools etc. Show initiative and enthusiasm so you can get your foot in the door first! I hope that doesn't come across really rude, it's just we waited for a year lecture and then everyone had the same ideas and applying for the same sort of things around the same time. Which is ironic when our tutors are telling us we are in competition with each other and we need to get in first etc.
    I can't wait for placement in January!!! I just want everything to hurry up and to graduate and to have a class and to FINALLY be a teacher!

    Mmmchocolate x

     
  16. [​IMG] Good evening,
    I joined the TES today on the advice of a SENCO on a 3rd year one week SEN placement.
    Just wondering if anyone had any experience of SEN in a Preparatory School setting. I am to create a 3000 word assigment on my development as an inclusive practitioner..but today discovered that there is very little SEN at my placement (Except G&T..which there is in abundance!)
    I am at Manchester Met and specialise in Art & Design.
    Does anyone have any experience in Preparatory schools, this is a totally new experience for me and one which I am sure will be valuable, even if at the moment seems new and a little daunting.
    Any ideas will be much appreciated..
    Reb <3 [​IMG]
     
  17. Welcome to TES!!! :)
    I applied there, however I wasn't up to scratch apparently! Too confident or something stupid. Lovely Uni though :)
    Anyway...
    Prep school.. how old are we talking here? is that the equivelant of like a middle school? Year 5 to 8 or something?
    I've done a placement in a pre-prep, and found it no different to a normal state primary to be honest.
    And if you take SEN to be any extra need a child has, then G+T counts. SEN isn't always learning difficulties, it is just when a child has special needs which need accounting for. So you are still well placed even with lots of G+Ts :)
    JSY x

     
  18. And if you take SEN to be any extra need a child has, then G+T counts. SEN isn't always learning difficulties, it is just when a child has special needs which need accounting for. So you are still well placed even with lots of G+Ts.
    G&T aren't SEN, and to confuse the two will invalidate your research. SEN has a very specific definition in law, as laid down in SEN regulations. Basically it means a pupil has specific need or needs which prevent them from accessing the curriculum or making expected progress. G&T children have a need, but it doesn't prevent them from learning - it's to do with lack of stimulus, not being stretched, getting bored, and so on.
    If the OP's private school has nobody with SEN, or even with slightly lower ability than average, it will be impossible to carry out a research.
     
  19. Oops! Sorry.. Seems I've got my wires crossed from what we have been told at Uni and what I've read then...
    If uni placed you in that school to undertake SEN research, shouldn't they have checked there would be children in the school you could focus on? Or can you base your reflection on other placements?
    JSY x
     
  20. Thankyou for your feedback guys.
    Its an interesting issue. My uni tutor classes that it is ok to look at G&T for this assignment. Although technically you are right as SEN does imply that there is a 'lack' of understanding or ability to complete work at the same rate as peers.
    There are some examples of SEN on this placement, although it is things like the teacher saying a child has mild dyspraxia as he is very fiddly. I do think it is going to be quite tricky to develop this assignment but the SENCO is so inspirational and has an abundance of resources. I believe that you can get so much out of placements just from learning from the person you are placed with.
    Does anyone have any comments about they have found their development as an inclusive practitioner since they started their degree? Anyone seen any interesting research? Maybe something that doesnt make you literally doze off!! :)
    Reb X

    The Preparatory School is for children from the age of 6 months up to year 6. They follow some of the National Curriculum and some of their own strategies. From what I can see the main focus is achieving Grammar school places. Everything seems quite directed towards this, as far as I can see.
     

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