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I was wondering if you could tell me how many hours a week you are in lectures at uni? I have heard that its 9-5 every day, and the placemenT is 10-2every day but I'm not sure if this is true. Can someone fill me in? I shall be doing the PGDE Geography and my husband will be doing the PGDE in PE. starting in August.
I'm doing Modern Studies there just now, and the timetable is not too dissimilar.
This year, we have lectures on a Monday and Wednesday morning (9am) and tutorials afterwards - usually finished by about 1.30 at the latest. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are set aside for "curricular studies" - that's when you work with your subject groups. In Geography, I think they only do Tuesdays from about 10 to 4 - we're usually in 10 - 5 and sometimes on Thursdays too, but it is up to the tutor to decide.
We also had a cross-curricular thing where all three social sciences worked together, and that had to be done outside of class time in the first Uni block before placement 1.
However, you are warned that you need to assume that you will be available from 9 - 5 every day, and you can have extra classes added if needed. There's also an "options" topic, the timetabling of which varies depending on what you're doing. In practice, though, you're never in for a full week but the only day you can really say this is likely to be certain is a Friday.
Placement though is a completely different kettle of fish - what you have been told is simply a lot of rubbish. You are expected to be in school from before the bell to at least hometime. However, the amount of work you have to do on placement is such that in effect you can be going from 8am to 10pm every day, including weekends, depending on what you have to do. Certainly, in those periods, forget about having any semblance of a life outside of school and school work. You said you're married, but you don't say if you have any kids or not - if you do (I have a 10 year old daughter) I'd really recommend that one of you reconsider and do it next year as I really think that this would put a real pressure on your family life.
Hi, thankfully no children yet, was planning one in the probation year then taking a year out. Just trying to work out how many hours I can work a week. Currently do 21 over three evenings (I am a waitress in TGI's) but will be cutting this down to 14 as soon as the post grad starts. Have to keep working to pay the mortgage! Will probably just do Friday and Saturday evenings to make up the 14 hours so I don't have any commitments during the week to focus on uni work, and will always have Sundays off.
Bye bye life!
You should be able to manage that, especially if it's Friday and Saturday (I usually try to keep Friday eves free, but it doesn't always work) even on placement. There are a couple of people on my course who work part time too and they seem to manage it OK even during placement.
Good luck for next year - hope it's all worth it for you!
Thanks very much for the helpful info. Does the uni give you out a blank lesson plan or a filled in lesson plan as an example? Or do you have to make up your own one. I've yet to write one.
I think it depends on the tutor. There's a blank one which we all have to use (and believe me, is more detailed than it ever needs to be - almost all teachers I've shown it to think it's completely over the top!) Our tutor took us through it and gave us an example of a completed one, and there's also some guidance on what they're expecting. Don't worry too much about trying one now - there's a bit of a technique to what they want you to do and you probably need to be shown it for it to work best.
I'm doing PGDE Music at the moment, almost there, one more long essay and one short essay to go, then a wee break before the last placement :-)
Here my timetable for the year: I have university stuff on Mondays and Wednesday and Tuesdays (your subject), sometimes a Thursday. This only during uni time, when on placement you're in school 8.30am at the latest, often until 4pm. Depending on school and department obviously.
I do not much more than preparing lessons and at the moment also the second big essay, due 3 days after the end of placement 2. Thanks :-(
But this course goes so quickly ... amazing.
If you have any other questions, let me know.
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amysdad I think it depends on the tutor. There's a blank one which we all have to use (and believe me, is more detailed than it ever needs to be - almost all teachers I've shown it to think it's completely over the top!) Our tutor took us through it and gave us an example of a completed one, and there's also some guidance on what they're expecting. Don't worry too much about trying one now - there's a bit of a technique to what they want you to do and you probably need to be shown it for it to work best.
Don't worry about the big lesson plan. It actually HAS to be that detailed because it's used by visiting tutors who need the WHOLE context of a lesson. The huge amount of detail is for the tutor, not for the student, and is therefore only used rarely.
There is a shorter lesson plan to use on a day to day basis.
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