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How to best prepare for D&T PGCE

Discussion in 'Design and technology' started by safnor, May 1, 2020.

  1. safnor

    safnor New commenter

    Hello all

    I am due to start a D&T PGCE in September. Does anyone have any suggestions for how I can prepare.

    I have already brought the revision guide to brush up on my skills. And started reading the BBC bitesize website.

    I’m not sure if I should buy the suggested reading list the university has sent. There is about 5 books. All together they cost over £100 to buy even used ones which I’m not sure is wise to spend right now.

    I have a textiles background. The PGCE I’m doing covers all the specialisms so I am a bit nervous about the other specialisms like RM!
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  2. sparks

    sparks New commenter

    Get some industrial / real life (textiles) experience through an agency if you can. Not only will this give you a small income to pay for your books, it will give you an insight into the world of textiles (or other area). So many teachers I've come across are very good teachers, but need the experience of how it's actually applied in the real world.
    (Having said this you're now going to reply with you've spent 5-10 years making wedding dresses so are suitably experienced!!!)
  3. safnor

    safnor New commenter

    Hi yes I have spent a fair amount of time working in studios and most recently worked as a freelance designer. I graduated from my degree 10 years ago ! But you are right. I agree that more teachers need industry experience.
    Thank you for your reply :)
  4. cbryson748

    cbryson748 New commenter

    Listen to your HOD and ask plenty of questions.. Hopefully ur HOD is competent.. Take all advice on board and approach everything with a can do attitude...

    I would say relax now. Because when u start it will be hectic, trust me.. You can prepare and prepare and all that could be waste of time because ya never know what will happen..... My other half started teaching last year after 10 years in pharmacy.. I tried to prepare her but it all went out the window.. She learned more day to day when she started... Relax now.. Enjoy summer if u can, due to covid, because it will be wllgo when u start, trust me and you will find it hard to get to work life balance right ..

    Read online for free at TechnologyStudent. Com.. A must DT teachers

    #dtchat has some good information and links on twitter
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  5. safnor

    safnor New commenter

    So helpful thank you!!
  6. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

  7. leverarch1970

    leverarch1970 New commenter

    I like that your PGCE course covers all the specialisms. I wish mine had. It will make you more employable and I had to learn RM with a very helpful DT technician in my own time (whom I remain absolutely grateful to) but I absolutely enjoyed it. Using big machines makes you a bit nervous to start with I get it but that gives you insight into how the students will be feeling and learning.

    I'm not sure I would purchase the books either until you get to the course, you could always borrow from the Uni library perhaps.

    I also like that you have had some life experience other than coming straight from school/uni so you can relate to the students more.

    Good luck and best wishes to you.
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  8. safnor

    safnor New commenter

    Thank you for that ! I’m really excited to start but wondering what it will all look like now
  9. Shedman

    Shedman Star commenter

    I hope things work out for you and coming in straight to the new GCSE courses could work to your advantage as you have no baggage or hangover from how DT used to be taught in specialisms. For my own part, having taught my own DT specialism for many years I found the change to teaching bits from various previous specialisms frustrating and I was out of my depth. I also found the congested curriculum left little time for much of the practical work I used to do and the students really enjoyed. I saw the change as an opportunity to hang up my apron and I have no regrets about that.

    DT needs new blood like you, teachers who are able and motivated to shape the subject and give the students a valuable experience and love of designing and making. DT is on the skids in many schools due to staffing and resourcing problems and an unsympathetic view of the subject by government. The absence of DT from the e-bacc is also a major obstacle to the continuation of the subject. But the basis of a sound economy is the ability to design and make innovative products and one day the government will wake up to the fast and reinstate the subject to its former prime position in the educational landscape.

    Every best wish in your future career. Keep the DT flag flying!
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  10. safnor

    safnor New commenter

    Thank you so much for the positive posts, it’s refreshing and inspiring . I do hope I can do it all justice.
  11. dangerfield1k

    dangerfield1k New commenter

    When you get to your placements, practice anything practical you plan to demonstrate.

    Get familiar with audio-visual equipment and fixing issues quickly.

    Rough up your apron so you don't look like a newbie.

    ^ Based on my PGCE experience.
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