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What can I start to prepare!

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by clementines, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Hi everyone

    I've just been accepted on a PGCE starting Sept 2012. I'm currently unemployed, and with the way things are going, can't see any jobs prospects on the horizon. Trying to put a positive spin on my position, just wondering if there is anything I can start to do in preparation of my PGCE. I know it's going to be a hectic year, so the more I can at least start now, the better!!!

    It's a middle years course, 7-14 with a specialism in maths. Already signed up for a subject knowledge enhancement.

  2. Congratulations on getting your place. I would try and get some more volunteer experience in schools if you can as the more experience you have the more things on the course will make sense to you. But, do enjoy your summer - it is a very intensive year so you don't want to be tired before you start it!
  3. Georgia99

    Georgia99 New commenter

    It doesn't hurt to get a head start if you are unemployed. I wish I had known before my PGCE about
    Assessment For Learning (AFL)
    Learning Objectives and Learning Outcomes
    Every Child Matters
    A good book to buy is 'pimp your lesson'. Well worth reading and fun to read. Some of it will start to make more sense once you start the course.
    Good luck.
  4. MizUnderstood

    MizUnderstood New commenter

    I think your time would be better sent getting as much in school experience as possible, some of the reading doesn't really help out of context. I think every hour spent in the classroom is worth 10 of most of those books. First thing Monday phone as many schools in the area, ask if you can volunteer, there's bound to be some secondary schools that would be glad of the help in the lead up to GCSE and A-Level exams for revision sessions.
  5. MizUnderstood

    MizUnderstood New commenter

    It's worth knowing what each of those things are as a definition, although ECM should be read, but unless you are in the classroom and know which subjects/skills/topics/levels you are teaching it's very tricky to look at LOs, differentiation and AfL out of context, whereas in school experience will show you this in practice.
  6. Get as much experience volunteering in school as possible. You will have a much better idea of what is expected and will have also then have contacts in a school if you ever need advice.
  7. Thanks everyone, as luck would have it, a job has just popped up. So no restful summer for me. But I do have 2 weeks of obs / volunteering lined up so that should be great :)

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