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Should I stay or should I go?

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by karababe, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. Hi vstanford84
    You must have had a reason for starting the course, is that reason still valid?
    if so stick to it, if not ...
    Just so you are aware I work in a place where we all have a great relationship (there is always ones that are miserable, we stay clear, but that is true of any job) with each other and choose to socialise after work at times too.
    Good Luck
  2. GeeMarie

    GeeMarie New commenter

    I know EXACTLY what you mean. If it weren't for everyone telling me to see out the next 3 months, I'd quit on Monday. Fed up of it and been put right off teaching. If I could go back in time I'd give the place to someone else, just like everyone says. You know the line: 'Stop complaining, there are lots of people who wanted that place that you have.' Good for them! If I could give them it, they could have it.
  3. I have 7 teaching weeks left and it still seems like too long. Everyone is telling me its only 7 weeks you can do it, yes I can but at the cost of my happiness and for a piece of paper saying I have half a qualification in a career I don't enjoy?! - I know that it will look better on my CV if I complete which is the only reason I'm even considering it!!
  4. GeeMarie

    GeeMarie New commenter

    I know what you mean. On my GTP I'm stuck until we break up in July. My final assessment isn't until the beginning of June and as I'm employed by the school I'll have to keep going until then. I'm going to do what I can to get through this but it's difficult to force myself to do everything when I just don't want to.

    Must keep plugging away. It's not the kids' fault after all so I owe it to them to keep it up until the end of the year. Just desperately clinging on until that date in July when I can walk out and not come back!
  5. Notwithstanding

    Notwithstanding New commenter

    Put your health and your self first. Never mind what anyone else is saying, if it's affecting your health negatively to a point where you could end up very ill, don't feel bad if the best option is that you leave. You wouldn't be a quitter.
    I don'tsee myself as a quitter, but I left a PGCE in the new year because I knew at my core that I did not want to be a teacher after, and that my health, family and social life and entire outlook on life was been deeply negatively affected.
    I did not heed to 'just finish it, only a few months' either (despite doing very well upto the point of leaving), for the simple reason, I would not want anything to tempt me back into teaching, like having QTS might, when I look back through rose tinted glasses.
    Here is my thread, feel free to PM me too
  6. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I really hope the trainees we have coming next term want to be teachers and want to be in school. I would hate to try to mentor someone who was just carrying on to pass to write it on their CV.

    Schools, mentors, children, teacher tutors deserve better than this. ITT providers are generally struggling to find enough places for those who actually want to do the course and be teachers.

    If you are absolutely sure you do not want to be a teacher than pull out as soon as you can. You are doing nobody any favours by staying where you are. And it looks no better to say you completed a course despite not wanting to be a teacher than to say you realised it wasn't for you and so pulled out early.
  7. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    I completed the PGCE last year. I am a NQT now and hating my teaching post. Despite this, I am glad I completed the PGCE because it has taken me into a new job role outside of school teaching which I start next month.
    It really has opened doors for me and it is difficult to account for the time on your cv in a positive light if you do not complete the course.
    Of course, if it is making you ill then nothing is worth that. I can honestly say that the time after Easter flew by and was the easiest part of the course. If there is any way that you can manage to complete it and maintain your health then do so as it could be one of your biggest regrets if you leave so close to the end.
  8. rolls

    rolls Occasional commenter

    Do ask yourself why you started the course.
    If it was because you wanted to work with children or young people then there is still a point in completing. You might not want to go into teaching but it might help in working with young people in other areas.
  9. I'd just like to say that when I started the course I wanted to teach, I had spent time in schools to gain experience, my current placement is at a notoriously tough school, none the less I don't feel that should be an excuse!! I have put everything into this course, i don't believe I would be getting good/very good observations and be passing assignments at M-level if I wasn't and as far as mentors go, my mentor is aware of how I have been feeling, aware of how I have suffered with every cold, flu, germ that has come my way leaving signed off with a bad chest infection at the end of the term and has been happy with the work, time and effort I put in. There would be no point in continuing if I was going to do it half heartedly but if somethings worth doing its worth doing properly right!! I have stuck it out this far and could stick it out till the end teaching well and getting the most I can out of it as I have learned a lot and gained much experience during the PGCE but i don't know if its worth it for me as I will continue putting the effort in but potentially for no benefit. If I were interviewing someone who had left a course 7 weeks before the end I would question why.
  10. Thanks Georgia99 I don't want to regret it if I leave after putting this much work in!!
  11. I know exactly how you feel. I am a 3 year QTS student though so I have to carry on to even get my degree.
    I feel physically and emotionally drained. Don't give up though! At the end at least you have it and you may decide later you want to teach. I admire you for carrying on! Chin up [​IMG]
  12. Is being sick dragging you down? It maybe after a break you feel much better about it all. I left teaching in 2009 and did an MA in something else... then started a little teaching and now I am back full-time and loving it, having vowed never to go near a classroom again. Our school gives us free Zumba once a week, everyone is friendly, it is tough and I do have a life. I am a PhD student and scuba instructor for a start. Get through it and take a break, when you have had some time to get better you may feel differently. Good luck and ignore the if you don't want to be there 100% get out of the classroom - we don't all want to be there all the time, and part of me has had to learn to switch off and allow myself to have a life elsewhere.....
  13. u dont have long left now, stick at it - the PGCE is a valued qualification!
    i wouldnt recommend staying any longer though if your not enjoying it.

    Read the above blog and let me know if ur feeling the same!
  14. Stick at it if you can! You've worked so hard and if you give up now it'll all be for nothing. 7 weeks is not that long at all. Try and build in treats/relaxing activities where possible to help you get through it. I was miserable for the first half of my PGCE, my class teacher made me feel so inadequate and told me I'd never be a teacher. I've never felt that unhappy, before or since. However, in another t school it was so different. Only you know what is right for you. Good luck!
  15. Leave! You won't be doing yourself or the children any favours if you stay.
  16. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    two choices:
    a) leave because if you are never going to teach the PGCE is pretty much worthless anyhow!
    b) carry on but do just enough to scrape a pass. Noone ever asks your pass mark on a pgce, especially if you opt never to use it!

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