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strawberryblondebint Sun 06-Mar-16 19:00:42

I'm nervous. Currently doing my pgde part time over 18 months whilst working. Studying going ok. Lots and lots of reading and blogging and fitting it in around family and work but I'm managing. Supportive husband and other students are only a phone call away. Tomorrow I go into school for 2 weeks orientation. And the nerves have kicked in big time. I'm excited but I'm also scared. I hate feeling like a spare part. Do teachers like having students? I'm older than the average fresh out of uni. Will that be a good thing? Any last minute tips? Have done my research on the school. I know it's a p4 class I'm going into. I know the area roughly. I have made my packed lunch lol. Have yet to decide how smart I should dress but that's minor compared to the butterflies in my stomach. help ma boab!!!!

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lilyboleyn Sun 06-Mar-16 20:25:37

I love having good students.
If the student is willing to learn, listens to advice, does as they're asked and actually likes the kids, I love having them about. My colleagues do too.
Students that don't listen and think they know it all are a pain, though.

strawberryblondebint Sun 06-Mar-16 20:30:23

Thanks lily. I love kids. Genuinely do. Have 3 of my own. Plus do the brownies. Admittedly only been doing that a few months but it's fab. Very willing to listen and do as I'm told. Definitely not a know it all. There are a few on my course though grinthanks for replying. I will keep smiling and listening.

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marmiteloversunite Sun 06-Mar-16 20:33:04

Take your own mug! Less stressful than trying to work out the system. Be a good role model for the kids. Don't talk over the teacher. Be kind but not a walkover. Good luck. Schools are used to students.

lilyboleyn Sun 06-Mar-16 20:33:09

Ach, you'll be fine. Take some biscuits into the staff room one day and they'll all love you. A packet of chocolate digestives will buy anyone's love at my school.

strawberryblondebint Sun 06-Mar-16 20:33:22

Oh and how smart should I be? Some of the head teachers at a recent event were very glam with heels. I was thinking just plain dress and flats! ( old gimmer has bunions) or dress and boots?? Too casual?

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marmiteloversunite Sun 06-Mar-16 20:45:16

Make sure you can bend over a table, sit on the floor etc without exposing yourself. A dress and flats or boots fine. Take a warm coat for outside duties.

strawberryblondebint Sun 06-Mar-16 20:48:06

You lot are fab. Therefore all teachers are fab. Therefore my placement will be fab. Thankyou. I will report back tomorrow. biscuitbrewthanks

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marmiteloversunite Sun 06-Mar-16 20:51:17

Good luck!!

Robertaquimby Sun 06-Mar-16 20:55:10

We like students as long as they work hard and take advice. You will be fine. If in doubt, go for a bit smarter on day 1 then see what everyone else is wearing.

lilyboleyn Sun 06-Mar-16 20:59:14

Depends on the school. Be conservative. Trousers and a blouse for first day should be fine. Nothing above the knee, no cleavage, shoulders covered.

strawberryblondebint Sun 06-Mar-16 20:59:22

smilesmileI'm all happy now. May even sleep tonight. Thankyou

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TheTroubleWithAngels Sun 06-Mar-16 21:04:41

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LindyHemming Mon 07-Mar-16 13:10:17

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marmiteloversunite Mon 07-Mar-16 17:01:18

Just checking in to see how it went?

strawberryblondebint Mon 07-Mar-16 19:11:05

I survived. Teacher was absolutely lovely. Super organised though. I have no idea how I can ever be like that. Total control of the class. Kids were great. Few live wires but brilliant. Maths , PE and literacy in the afternoon. Really enjoyed it. Tried not to get in the way. Great day. Thankswink

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lilyboleyn Mon 07-Mar-16 19:21:37

It's like driving a car. There's so much to do and remember and you feel at first like you won't ever be able to remember everything. And it's hard. Bloody hard work. But eventually it gets easier. Such a worthwhile profession.

intheairthatnightfernando Mon 07-Mar-16 19:23:57

So glad you enjoyed it. I loved being a student teacher. You learn so much at breakneck pace. I'm a P4 teacher and it's such a great age and stage. Enjoy it!

TheTroubleWithAngels Mon 07-Mar-16 20:00:03

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marmiteloversunite Mon 07-Mar-16 20:28:20

Really glad you had a good day strawberry!!

strawberryblondebint Tue 08-Mar-16 16:10:09

Day 2 even better. Although I'm still completely overwhelmed at the amount of behind the scenes organisation and planning and still in awe of how it gets to be done. Spent some time with a p7 class today and with an additional support teacher. Even got some time outside and a bit of French (boy am I rusty). Veering between I love this and omg I will never be able to do this lol

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jellyfrizz Tue 08-Mar-16 17:44:25

Great! Well done strawberry.

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