Sunday, 10 March 2013

So time!

I hate writing these posts. The ones where you say you have so much to write, but no time in which to do it. I have that intense feeling of guilt when I'm writing an apology for not doing something and not even having the time to upload a photograph to make it look prettier.

But it's true, at the moment I'm up to my eyeballs!

I have just finished my teaching placement and have a stinking cold. I've got lots of tasks to write up for uni, as well as a big 5000 MA level essay due in on 21st March that I haven't even started planning let alone writing. I've also been invited for interviews for NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) Pools and those involve time preparing and attending.

I should not really be moaning but at the moment I am counting down the hours until the start of Easter Holidays on 22nd March and panicing about everything I have to do in such little time.

I have been told that this is the hardest part of the PGCE course when there are lots of demands pulling you in 101 different directions, but I have been reassured that it gets better. I'm not sure how much better it gets, but in the summer term there are no tasks to complete and I can focus on just being in school and getting on with the teaching.

On reflection, I'm actually progressing really well with the course. I had an excellent final placement observation report from my University Mentor. I was delighted to be told (in confidence by the class teacher, perhaps so I didn't get too big for my boots) that it was outstanding for this point in the course. 

I have also been accepted onto one local borough NQT Pool already, despite me not having my finest hour in the interview. It was at 3.30pm and I had spent the whole day teaching alone as the class teacher had called in sick. I was exhausted and at 2pm made a frenzied dash across London to get to the council offices and then waited for 30 minutes as they were overrunning. But I made it onto their recommended list, so I suppose it can't have been too bad.

There may will be very little to come from me in the next week and a bit while I get everything that needs to be done out of the way. I am making a lovely list of non-PGCE things to do during the holidays (mundane but blissful things like tidying cupboards and tending to the garden) and promise to be back on track with my blog (and photos!) then.

See you on the other side! x

PS: At the moment, I am reading all your blogs. I read them when I'm eating breakfast or on my phone while travelling on the Tube. Like everything else, there's not much time for comments at the moment but I assure you that I'm enjoying all the lovely spring things that you're getting up to and very jealous of all the spring cleaning and redecorating that's going on! x 


  1. I shouldn't worry too much about blogs and commenting. What a busy and stressful time this is for you, yikes regarding the essay - I hope you can get on with that really soon! You're going to have a manic couple of weeks but it'll soon be Easter and I'm sure you'll have everything done and then can enjoy the break.

    Good luck and see you on the other side!

    oh and if there is anything you think I may be able to help with, feel free to ask, I know I'm not a teacher but I'm a very experience TA with a degree in early education so you never know!

  2. Hang tight - I know you'll do it - and do it well too!

  3. All the hard work and long hours will be so worth it in the end. Hope there'll be lots of relaxing with chocolate eggs in the Easter break.

  4. Good luck with everything! It will be Easter before you know it and then you'll be able to breathe again.

  5. Best of the luck with your long list. Good thing, when they are all done, spring will be really here.

  6. It's the other side... hope you got through everything unscathed! Look forward to hearing from you soon!