Starting my first placement next week. Any tips?

(27 Posts)
Fixinggood Wed 16-Sep-15 22:28:22

I'm a pgde (Scotland) student and am starting my first placement next week. I think I have the subject specific stuff down but any handy general tips for me?

Please don't say don't do it grin

IguanaTail Wed 16-Sep-15 22:29:53

Avoid the moany ones in the staff room. Set aside an evening a week to do no work at all. Enjoy it!

mrstweefromtweesville Wed 16-Sep-15 22:31:04

Run like the wind!

Erm, ok. If you're determined, put your head right. In your head, know you are the person in charge. Walk as though you are the person in charge. Speak as though you are the person in charge. If something goes wrong, do not forget you are the person in charge. If you believe it, the pupils will believe it also. When you lose faith in yourself, everything goes tits up.

Don't think perfection is essential. Like parenting, its about 'good enough', not about 'perfect'.

Fixinggood Wed 16-Sep-15 22:33:32

Ah good tips already (except the running). Thank you. I like the set aside a night to do nothing!

SmugairleRoin Wed 16-Sep-15 22:40:02

The night before you meet the class, practice in the mirror what you'll say first thing that morning to them.

Have a bank of simple games (maths games etc) you can play if you time your lessons wrong and have time to fill with nothing to do!

Have clear class rules and routines/sanctions, and stick to them.

Am not sure if this applies to Scotland, but in Ireland I'm expected to use Irish casually throughout the day. If that's the case for you and Gaelic then stick a little piece of coloured paper high up at the back of the room. When you see it, use a bit of Gaelic - was v handy for me when the supervisor was in and I was flustered!

PrincessHairyMclary Wed 16-Sep-15 22:51:50

If you look quite young wear something very smart / suit if you are working with secondary age students. I find it helps a little with the respect side of things. Make sure you get the start right, lining up outside the door coming in quietly, send them back out if they don't do it properly. Set proper boundaries and expectations, don't assume they know how you want them to behave.

TwllBach Wed 16-Sep-15 22:54:59

I second the rehearse what you are going to say thing. I'm going into my fourth year of teaching and I've only recently stopped rehearsing my lesson intros in the car on the way in!!

Don't best yourself up if it doesn't go to plan, but you must Believe that you are In Charge. Even if you have to pretend to believe it grin

elephantoverthehill Wed 16-Sep-15 22:59:43

I forget what we used to call it on teaching practice but it was a lesson more about expectations, classroom rules and discipline to start with, the content was less relevant. I agree with the above posters advice. Once the ground rules are in place then you can start being 'dynamic' and doing 'exciting' lessons. My other piece of advice is when you get home have an one hour power nap before you start planning and marking.

SmugairleRoin Thu 17-Sep-15 07:43:16

Elephant we had that - we called it creating a class charter.

Fixinggood Thu 17-Sep-15 22:10:44

Thanks for all the tips. I like the power nap one but I have two dds of my own, 7 and 5 so I have to switch off at 4pm back to mum node until bedtime at 7:30. Also this adds to me not looking too young, but worn out and tired.

All great tips though!

letsghostdance Fri 18-Sep-15 18:47:19

Scottish teacher in my 1st year after probation! Don't panic too much reading threads on here, the Scottish education system has a much healthier work/life balance than the English one (in general!!) so the horror stories on here will likely not apply to you.

My biggest tip is take what your class teacher is telling you with a grain of salt. If they are very negative about you then don't take it at face value, really think carefully and speak with your tutor. I'm saying this as someone who was torn to shreds by their first placement teacher but got great tutor feedback, super placements 2 and 3 and a very successful probation year. They aren't always right, and beause I took my placement teacher's comments so seriously, I still had real issues with my confidence throughout my entire student and probation year.

Good luck :D

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 18-Sep-15 19:03:59

You'll be grand smile

Always have a back up, even if it's a colouring in vaguely related to the topic. If a lesson isn't not working, don't be afraid to stop, do some games/ the back up activity and take a deep breath before starting again.

Keep your file up to date. Are weekly reflections still done? They're the most horrendous piece of pointless waffly paperwork, but batter them out on a Friday night. Don't save them all up to Week 6.

In Week 2 you will get the lurgy and in Week 3 you will crash. It happens to everyone, it's normal, go home, have a bottle of wine and come back to school the next day grin

What class are you getting?

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 18-Sep-15 19:06:02

'isn't not' Christ.

Been a looooong week grin

letsghostdance Fri 18-Sep-15 19:20:09

I completely forgot about weekly reflections! What a waste of time!

TheTroubleWithAngels Fri 18-Sep-15 19:24:29

How could you forget!? grin An A4 of sheer drivel every week ... This week has been a positive learning experience for me...

Fixinggood Sun 20-Sep-15 23:11:39

Ah thanks for the other comments, I'm just seeing them.

We don't have reflections as such but a "blog" to keep so it's similar.

I should have said in my op but it's secondary school so lots of age groups

I'm quite excited about the placement but nervous as I've been having issues with my joints lately so hoping I'll cope in my feet for most of the day.

Loads of good advice here already so I'll just say good luck. Keep posting. This is generally a helpful board

rollonthesummer Sun 20-Sep-15 23:23:29

I have heard that things in Scotland aren't as bad as here, so I won't advise you to do something else!

Definitely 'posh up' so that you look like a professional. Don't stand for any nonsense which the kids will inevitably try. They won't see you like 'their' teacher yet, but if you're firm but fair, you will be ok. The old saying 'don't smile 'till Christmas' is a good one to remember! It doesn't really work in EYFS, but I think it does for the older ones.

Don't leave paperwork and marking-get it done whilst it's fresh in your mind. Don't take everything your class teacher says as gospel-the ones in my school that get given students are usually full of sh*te and their own importance!

Batch cook at the weekends and get a cleaner!

Good luck!

elephantoverthehill Sun 20-Sep-15 23:24:28

Best of luck - but you don't need it because you will be fantastic.

Fixinggood Mon 21-Sep-15 06:17:03

Thanks all very much! I'm up and excited. Let's hope this feeling lasts all week! smile

Ohwhatfuckeryisthis Mon 21-Sep-15 06:49:07

Don't hog all the computers in the staff room <glares at our scitt students> and bring biscuits! wink
Follow the school behaviour policy to the letter. Don't get walked over. By anyone.
Have a great placement.

PotteringAlong Mon 21-Sep-15 07:02:56

Make sure you can write your name straight on the board. Nothing says student teacher more than wonky writing!

Polish your shoes - scruffy shoes will be noticed!

BigcatLittlecat Mon 21-Sep-15 07:13:33

Don't be the last one in and the first to leave!

TheTroubleWithAngels Tue 22-Sep-15 19:05:05

How's it going? Hope you're having a blast.

Make sure you take your lunch, especially if you've got health issues. It does you a world of good to stop for (even just) 15 minutes.

Fixinggood Tue 22-Sep-15 22:30:04

I'm loving it so far thanks, kids have been good, even the not so good ones, but I think it's due to me being a bit more mature so not looking like a younger student. I'm in an all male dept so I think they've all taken me under there wing a bit, they are great.

Fingers crossed it stays like this although I am EXHAUSTED!!

I came on last night to update but I see funny going ons are happening again with mn??

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