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PGCE Update

In the biggest non-surprise of the year, I did not get into Aberystwyth.

I now have no active choices left on my application but I can add more. Except I can't because when I try to it gives me no options for one of the fields and won't let me continue until I've selected something.

I probably shouldn't even bother anyway, because one of the requirements for the course is recent school experience and the ability to analyse and articulate it. That's where my main problem is and it makes me wonder if I should even be considering teaching at all.

I'm always stumbling over words and finding it difficult to get across what I mean. It's extremely frustrating, like I have an image in my mind but I can't turn it into words. And if I can't do this with myself then how on earth am I going to explain things to children and help them learn?

It was probably a mistake to try and go straight into the teaching route. Maybe I should try some other things first in order to built up my confidence, abilities and experience before trying again.


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Feb. 15th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)

Meh =_______=. Stupid Aberystwyth.

Well, if you really want to teach, don't give up[some of the teachers I had were far less articulate than you ¬______¬.] What are your main reasons for wanting to teach?

It might not be a bad idea to try applying as a classroom/other assistant/volunteer in a school beforehand - maybe part time or somesuchlike - just to see how it would be. It's probably quite important for interviewers to see how you would deal with certain situations - however calm and together you are in interview, they just can't be sure how you'd cope if you've never been in them!

Hm. If you find any classes or such aimed at helping articulate ideas, maybe I'll sign up too ^_o. But, meanwhile, maybe you could ask DrM about some of the difficult ideas she has to explain, and try and see how you would do it yourself? You will have a captive audience come Wednesday.


I propose muchos eating, drinking and merriment next week, and the possible vodoo-cursage of Aberystwth. Maybe we should hold another film night...
Feb. 16th, 2008 12:18 pm (UTC)

Utterly sucky news, really sorry, don't know what is wrong with these bloody universities.

The plan to get more experience and practice sounds good. I will also did out my pitman's notes, as they do a great interview practice session.

The food, drink, and film night is also a good plan. I have ratatouille (however it is spelt) and iron monkey on stand-by...
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