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Any studied/studying to be a teacher?
If so, where did/are you attend/ing?
at oxford. it was a good course, though the theory they taught us was pretty difficult to put into practice in the classroom.
Screw the theory and spend more time on the practical.
the gtp program is tough. Although you get paid more than for doing a PGCE. You still have to write essays and stuff, while still having a bigger teaching load.
having done the GTP, it was a piece of piss compared to NQT year and beyond. I wrote no essays, attended college about twice during the year, but managed to become confident in the classroom far quicker than my PGCE-trained colleague I worked with last year.
Srsly, if you can't cope in your training year and find the workload a struggle, then get out ASAP. I'm now in my second year and have worked 3 weeks worth of 14 hour days since term started, and spent my entire weekend just gone at work. And strangely am really enjoying it. Just depends what you want out of a career!
the gtp people at my schools complained about the essays and stuff, and how hard it was to jump straight into teaching from the beginning.
I quit teaching (well not quite quit, I never really started) after my pgce year. Standing in front of 30 kids teaching maths wasn't my thing afterall
That's stupid !
trained at Cambridge to do Classics. Much of the theory was impractical because my department wasn't very technologically advanced, so all the PowerPoint bull I did on training didn't apply.
Take Buni's advice and do the GTP, you go in at the sharp end.
Myself, two years of teaching taught me that disability and teaching do not mix, but that's probably not relevant. Just expect to have to work pretty damned hard.
My other advice would be 'don't try to be liked': kids are there to learn from you, not to like you.
and did a primary pgce last year. it's HARRRD work. i wouldn't really recommend goldsmiths, it' very disorganised. i'd agree with the above about doing the on the job training, i felt like the time i spent in college was pretty waste.
also, i pretty much have no desire to be a teacher anymore. i wish i'd have waited til i was older to do the training (i'm 23). but i'm working as a supply teacher for as long as i can hack it cos the moneys good and it means i can work a 4 day week and have time for my music stuff. but yeah, you didn't ask for that info but i am verbose.