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How to prepare for the Primary PGCE!?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by laura_emma44, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. My Primary PGCE starts in Sept this year. I'm traveling during the summer but have time before then and some after to do some preparation.

    So for those already doing their PGCE or those who have finished it. What do you wish you had done before the course that would have helped you out in the long run?

    Any thoughts appreciated :)
     
  2. My Primary PGCE starts in Sept this year. I'm traveling during the summer but have time before then and some after to do some preparation.

    So for those already doing their PGCE or those who have finished it. What do you wish you had done before the course that would have helped you out in the long run?

    Any thoughts appreciated :)
     
  3. How to prepare? Rest. See friends. Socialise. Do lots of the things that you love to do. Speng time enjoying yourself and not thinking about it.
    You will miss the time to do whatever you want so don't waste it!
     
  4. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    Don't waste time reading any of the books your university may have recommended on reading lists. Don't even buy them if you can get away with it. They are of absolutely no use to you whatsoever.
    Get some experience in schools by all means, but if you do so, get stuck in and work with groups/children. Don't sit at the back of the classroom like a lemon - this is guaranteed to irritate the teacher and is a waste of your time.
    Otherwise, I echo PFF's advice.
     
  5. Oh right! Well I think I can manage the resting and socialising part quite well, thanks for the advice.
     
  6. Thanks Nick, I'm a TA at the moment so I feel ok about classroom experience. It's more the study side of things I thought I might be able to get a head start with. Will take the reading lists with a pinch of salt then :)
     
  7. As PFF says (but with more bitterness...)

    <ol>[*]Give up all your hobbies.[*]Find a partner (or break it to the one you've got) that doesn't mind coming second to work.[*]Say goodbye to any kind of life. </ol>[​IMG]
     
  8. Haha, oh dear. Thanks for the tips! I'm even more nervous about it now! Here was me thinking I would get advice like get started on the reading or swot up on certain things. Seems like maybe I should just be making the most of my freedom :)
     
  9. quietlydetermined

    quietlydetermined New commenter

    Rest, rest, rest!
    Any work you do now will ultimately be pointless enjoy any free time while you have it!
     
  10. Totally agree with the resting, it is very very hectic, but in a good way if you enjoy it so don't be nervous or stressed.

    Can understand your desire to prepare, was also like this 2 years ago whilst waiting for my PGCE. Best prep you can do if you really really want to start is go and look at the QTS practice tests on the TDA website and if necessary do some revision for them and start getting a list of your fave websites for IWB games, resources etc-I bookmarked all my fave sites on my google account and it saved me so much time knowing where to look for games and sheets. Having them on google bookmarks meant I could access them at home, school or uni which was very useful.

    Good luck!
     
  11. Ok, looking at the QTS papers is a good idea, as is bookmarking useful pages. All great advice thank you :)
     

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