What an experience has placement two been. Tiring. Exhausting. Touching reality. A taste of what teaching is really about [Assessment.Marking.Feedback->Marking.Feedback->] A Vicious Cycle. Statistics, Value Added, Predicted Expected Grades/ Levels. Makes you wonder is this what teaching is turning into? Despite the direness and scandals of teaching. A longer time to establish a relationship with each teaching group was rewarding. In some cases appreciation, of the effort made with the group was awarded with great gratitude.
This placement was a real eye opener as to what is expected from a teacher on a day to day basis. High expectations, deadlines, chasing students,creating resources, taking part in extra curricular activities, innovation in teaching and keeping up with completing your Personal Development Folders(PDFs), Individual Development Folders (IDPs) oh and the Masters Level Assignments.
On top of everything dealing with everything, you can add difficult host teachers to the mix that forget you are a PGCE student and enjoy seeing you struggling.When you turn around and prove you are better than them and the students appreciate and prefer your method of teaching , ah I would say that can be the most satisfying feeling, especially if the students parents come bearing gifts, adds a slice of lime to a cool drink of satisfaction.
During the process, the key is time management, organisation and the ability to compartmentalise every aspect of your PGCE . Nothing can stop you from being the best teacher to your full potential and successfully completing your PGCE year with QTS and Master Level Qualification.
I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)