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Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by kiyahe15, Jun 26, 2020.

  1. kiyahe15

    kiyahe15 New commenter

    Hi guys,

    I start my PGCE course in September and I just want to get an early start, especially with me not working due to COVID-19. If anyone has any ideas on the modules for a course so I can gain a rough idea or any books/ebooks i can read that would be amazing.

    Thank you in advance :)
  2. 43Meadows

    43Meadows New commenter

    Modules vary from one uni/provider to another so it’s difficult to give advice on that. I would say get familiar with behaviour management techniques, use of assessment and also pedagogy. I wouldn’t do too much research as you may feel unnecessarily overwhelmed but having a grasp of the very basics may help. Everything you need to know for your assignments will be covered in depth and you will be given a reading list so my advice is spend your time ensuring your subject knowledge in spag and maths is tip-top
  3. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    Familiarise yourself with the teaching standards and the national curriculum for your area (if you're doing secondary them look at what is covered in primary as well)
  4. littleme28

    littleme28 New commenter

    Best advice I can honestly give is to choose your training provider extremely carefully...once you have a good one your life will be made significantly easier. Schools are luck of the draw I'm afraid. Reading up on the curriculum and looking at the TS will help, but don't stress too much about it until you start. Good luck!
  5. bonxie

    bonxie Lead commenter

    You're going to be very busy once you start your PGCE so another useful thing to do would be to make sure your house is well-organised. That way you won't have to spend term time looking for things and tidying up. If you have a big enough freezer, making and freezing some of your favourite dishes will also give you a break from cooking on days when you don't have much time.
    musicteacher2018 and 43Meadows like this.
  6. MrMedia

    MrMedia Star commenter

    Subject knowledge is the best thing you can improve. We will teach you how to teach on the course but we don’t teach you subject knowledge so really have a root and branch review of NC knowledge in your area and ensure you really know your stuff.
    CocoaChannel, bonxie and 43Meadows like this.
  7. rolls

    rolls Occasional commenter

    Yes get an understanding on what you have to teach - National Curriculum familiarity is key. Safeguarding is the other area you could research - Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children are key documents.
  8. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

    Let the main object of this, our didactic, be as follows: To seek and to find a method of instruction, by which teachers may teach less, but learners may learn more.

    I should underline the quotable lines I find at the time when I see them - I saw something like the above (by Comenius) in Popper's Vol. 2 of The Open Society - but I can't give you the a reference to that, or be totally sure it is correct.
  9. inkymark

    inkymark New commenter

    Your PGCE provider should have provided you with a reading list - select some books from this and work through them. One book that I found very good was "Getting the ******* to Behave" by Sue Cowley. It is written in a way that makes it easy to follow but gives you an idea of some of the issues you are going to find in the classroom and, from my last year, you will find that you have some!!!!
  10. armandine2

    armandine2 Established commenter

    for example

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