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Starting PGCE nerves!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by walsh281, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. I am the same as that, I start thinking about it just before I go to sleep at night and then I cant actually sleep for ages! I know the course will be tough but I think I'm more worried about the moving part so yes you are definitely lucky that you don@t have to leave your comfort zone!
  2. I'm also nervous and worried about the workload. However, I gave up a lot to do my degree as I've always wanted to teach and just six months ago I was so worried that I wouldn't get a PGCE place, so now when I get anxious I try and remember the feeling of euphoria when I was accepted. I'm hoping this will help to keep me going throughout the PGCE, especially when I consider how devastated I would have been if I hadn't got a place.
  3. I haven't really been nervous yet. It's just excitement all the time for me. I can't wait to get started and really get my teeth into this new chapter of my life. I'm sure when I get closer and start actually thinking about standing in front of class etc the nerves will kick in but at the moment it's more about getting back into learning for me and I can't wait!
    I'm moving too, only a couple of hours away along the coast. I relocated in January back in with parents to save before the course and now I am about to move again. I move a lot so that isn't really an issue for me - although moving in a corsa may be!
    It's very easy reading forums like TES to get caught up in worrying as a lot of the time people use these spaces to be negative about their experiences.
    I like to think about it this way. For me I am one of only 2100 people who were lucky enough to get onto a Secondary English PGCE and it's an priviledge. I'm going to enjoy as much of it as humanly possible as so many people haven't been lucky enough to get the chance to do what I am about to do. Don't get me wrong, it's a big deal and you are completely right to be nervous but embrace it :)
    I literally cannot wait to get started - well I guess with the pre-course tasks I have been set I already have :)
    (Apologies, my upbeat nature isn't always helpful)
  4. I think that's a very good attitude to have LMpip, and don't get me wrong I am ecstatic to have a place, it's what I've worked towards for years, but for me the reality is I'm giving up a full time paid job to try and raise my family (2 teenage children, teenagers are expensive to keep, they both work so will be paying for their own clothes, school trips etc but I still have to feed and house them!!) and I will be trying to do this on £7k for the year!! I've worked out my diesel alone will be £40-45 per week, so it's going to be incredibly tight! I accepted the place knowing it would be tough financially, I could have turned it down once bursaries were cut but I want this too much to give up now. I've got myself a part-time job that I can do when I choose and will do everything I can to make this work, doesn't make me stop worrying about the realities of it though!
    I'm not worried about the workload, I can't wait for the challenges, but I am nervous about fitting in with new people (I'm an acquired taste, some people find me a little over-excitable and I'm a complete wind-up merchant!).
    I wish I could only keep the positive thoughts in my head, but I suppose I wear my heart on my sleeve and am too honest for my own good, when things upset/anger/worry me I tell people!
    Best of luck to everyone xx
  5. Hey LMP - Wow, that feels good - I'm doing PGCE Secondary English too! How truly talented we must be!
    I think it's right and proper to feel nervous - especially if like me, you're raising a family and giving up a full time job to boot. The worst thing for me isn't the course itself, but the fear of not wanting to teach at the end of it and I have to concede that it's possible I'll hate it (although I doubt it!) However, it would kill me not to try - I'd hate to get to 65 and say "I wonder what would have happened if I'd become a teacher....".
    I'm just thankful I got on this time, before the course fee rise!

  6. Serious respect to those of you who are doing your PGCE along with raising a family, i thought i was bad having to move but i cant imagine what it would be like to have to raise a family and a take on the massive workload aswell!
  7. I'm also a first time poster. *waves*
    I have a place on a primary course but am having serious doubts. For the past few years, becoming a teacher has been my main goal. However, now I am not to sure. Plus, all the pre-course work books and assignments we've been given have left me terrified.
    I am definitely not a good person to be around right now. I am not usually grumpy, but I can't seem to see any positives at the moment. :/
  8. Firstly *waves back*
    Secondly, I would suggest trying to remember what it was that used to motivate you and try and find your way back to that place. It might be a bit late in the year now but could you go into a school for a day or two to help you remember?
    There's no getting around the workload no matter how well you manage it so you will need that motivation.
    Good luck!
  9. Hi, i feel the same but im not really having regrets just am really worried about moving, workload etc. If this is something that you've wanted to do your whole life (like me) don't let totally normal nerves get in the way! The reason that you got your place is because the college saw something in you that they thought would make you a good teacher, they must have seen how much you wanted it and so rewarded you by giving you a place on the course. Don't let the workload get on top of you, you wil be able for it, just keep remembering how much you want to be a teacher! However if it's a case that you just are not positive that teaching is really for you maybe rethink your priorities and where you want your life and career to go, maybe nursery teaching would be better? I don't know has any of this helped but i am in the same postion as you with regards to worrying about the workload etc so anytime you want to talk ill be here to listen, it's nice to know there are people out there who understand! [​IMG]
  10. I am nervous as we havent had a precourse pack unfortunatly. It is due 'sometime this month'. I believe it tells us what we are supposed to do on placement, however I wont be able to discuss it with my school as they will break up on Friday. I am concerned they are going to give us an assignment and big reading list as most places seem to, with not much time before the course. Just wish it would come and stop me being so nervous.
  11. No regrets at all, hence me taking the place despite the money worries! Still nervous though!![​IMG]
    My summer is going to be spent reading the QTS books for as many of the subjects as I can get my hands on, this is my choice and not enforced upon me!! I also plan on spending as much time as I can at the gym as I am determined to lose weight before I start so that I feel more self-confident!![​IMG]
    As for my course requirements, I've been incredibly lucky! We have a few things to do but none of them are scary or overwhelming.
    My SCITT provider has given us some QTS audit and test books to complete on English, Maths and Science so we can focus our learning come September (we have to email our results prior to the start of the course). I've completed the Maths one already[​IMG], and am about half way through the Science one (they arrived on Saturday!!) they are really good as they highlight the areas that I need to work on, which means I can then focus my subject revision over the summer too. Part of me thinks I should wait until after I've read the QTS knowledge and understanding books but that would feel like cheating!
    They also suggest doing the online practice QTS tests, which I've done weeks ago anyway so I will do one of each just to be sure and then get myself booked in to get them done asap.
    They have also given us just 7 chapters across 2 course books to read (which I will order when I get paid on the 25th), and we have to read the 'Letters and Sounds' document, which I read weeks ago as I asked when I was offered the place what I could do to prepare!
    We have a 3 day residential to go to in September so we also have a task to prepare where we have to think of a skill we can teach someone effectively, e.g. juggling 3 balls or tying a tie! We also have to put a 'personal profile' together for this, which includes our areas for improvement from our audits and a CV.
    My friend is doing a GTP and she has 6 assignments to do over the summer, a HUGE book to read from start to finish, and a glossery of terms to put together. I feel lucky that I am able to do additional preparation of my own accord instead of feeling pressured just to get the required elements done.
    EDIT - blimey this ended up an entire essay in it's own right!
  12. Hello everyone,
    just found out that I have a place on PGCE Secondary French and I'm over the moon.
    Like every other parent here, just worried about the workload, I have a daughter.
    I know it's daunting but we all are incredibly lucky and we must give it our best go because lots of
    deserving students were not as lucky.
    So best wishes to all and keep up the good work, it's a wonderful new chapter of our lives.
  13. Hey I'm starting PGCE at Hope in September too, are you doing Secondary or Primary?
  14. I've just completed a PGCE (Primary) and all I can say to you is DON'T WORRY! - It is one of the most exiting times you will ever have!
    Yes, it is hard work!
    Yes, you will be writing assignments and lesson plans late into the evening!
    Yes, you will have highs and lows!
    It is non stop - even over the Christmas and Easter holidays (No half terms)!
    I personally wouldn't change a thing! It is so rewarding and I'm missing it already!

    Make the most of it! You really won't believe me, but the year flies by and I bet you that you will be saying the same thing to the following year's PGCE students!
    Just make sure you have time for yourself. Socialise with those on your course and help each other get through it - it helps! You will make some really good friends for life!
  15. Thanks for the positive message dropkick10, what you say seems to reflect what I have heard other NQTs/recently qualified teachers saying about their training year. Hard work, ups and downs, but overall rewarding and exciting.
    I'm starting a primary PGCE in September, again like others haven't had any tasks or reading lists yet but am waiting for next week's induction day...
    Have started to do a bit of reading on areas I feel are weaker (e.g. maths and science, being an Eng Lit graduate) and am hoping to get some more reading to do over August. I feel like this is a "bonus" time to read things properly before term starts and I'm under pressure.
    Good luck everyone!
  16. madkitty

    madkitty New commenter

    Hi Stacey1004,
    I don't know if you've looked into it but you can get a Student Loan for your PGCE year, and dependant on your household income you might get a grant up to £3000. My university also does a £1000 Bursary for anyone who has applied for the Student Loan and is eligible for the Grant.
    It makes your yearly income up to £14k, and certainly helps when you've given up work and still have a house to support!
    Good Luck.
  17. Just a warning it might not actually be that much. (Unless that was a typo and you meant £4k?)
    I've got the maximum loans and grants that I am entitled to and I am only getting just shy of £7k (and another loan that means I don't have pay fees but seeing as the uni gets that straight away I am not counting that). Everyone's circumstances are different so who knows exactly how much you will be entitled to, but its definitely worth investigating all of your options to get the most you possibly can.
  18. Don't be nervous :) I just finished my PGCE and it really wasn't so bad. The first term of it is easy peasy. It's not like they throw you into a school and expect you to teach straight away! The first week or so you might only be observing/assisting, then they will ease you in. It's a steep learning curve but they don't expect you to grasp it all straight away, the tutors/mentors/class teachers know that it's a difficult year and they do all they can to make it easier. Some weeks were spent just at uni, and yes you do get a lot of essays but as long as you stay organised they shouldn't cause too many problems. Then during school placements, once you start teaching 50% and beyond, yes the workload gets hard. On the average day on placement I would arrive at school by 8am, be doing planning/marking/resourcing before school, spend all day there, leave at maybe 5pm, go home and then continue to mark/plan/resource until 9pm (on a good night) and even in the past until 11pm. But I still didnt mind, you just get used to it, and you do get quicker at completing all the work as the year goes on. When I started it would take me maybe an hour or two just to plan one lesson, now I can plan a good lesson within half an hour. It's a skill that you quickly pick up. During your placement you will also need to collect evidence for your standards folder, but again, its not that bad. Just try to attend meetings at school, get involved with every member of staff and understand their roles, look through the SEN folders and assessment folders and try to get to grips with assessment etc, and ask your mentor lots of questions, don't just nod your head and pretend to understand when they go on about baselines, or levels, or APP, just ask! If you can get to grips with that, it will be much easier to fill your standards folder :)
  19. The household income I am talking about is the max grant and loan, I think I get an additional £250 from my provider for getting the max grant. My OH earns less than £4k so we'll have about 11k for the year (I forgot about his income!!), so I assume we'll get some help with rent etc. as we have kids.
    It's always worked out that we're better off with one of us full-time and one of us part-time as we share the car and we've never had childcare costs, (I've been the main wage earner for the past 10 years whilst he's been the part-time earner, full-time parent), which is rubbish as we would much prefer not to be reliant on tax credits but we along with millions of other families have been left with no choice! I once worked out that if my OH was working a full-time job on the local average wage that he would be working a 40 hour week for us to be about £15 better off (when you take out the additional costs of 2nd car etc) and as that would have meant the kids were going to childminders we felt they were better off with a parent. Now they are big enough to look after themselves it's really only the cost of the car we need to think about, so he's been trying really hard to find something. We're not going to know what's hit our bank account when we're both earning a full-tie wage! Holidays, dinners out, new clothes (that aren't on sale and last season!!!)....I can't wait!
    Thanks very much for the advice everyone xx
  20. This is my first post here! I'm starting my PGCE in Early Years in September and I'm just starting to get jitters. I'm excited, and really ready to start, I've been looking forward to it for ages. But I'm worried about the travelling, it'll take me about an hour and a half to get to my uni for 9am. And like lots of other people I'm nervous about the work load and the stress levels.

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