Thomas Robertson

  • Thanks everyone for the comments. My placement was exhausting but a great experience in terms of my professional development. As advised by James I found setting myself a time cut off point (usually 9pm) by which I would do no more work past that time of night no matter what.

    This was hugely beneficial and if anything I became more productive…[Read more]

  • Hello all,

    Firstly I hope I am doing this correctly and I apologise if not!

    I am a PGDE Modern Studies about to embark on my final school placement before probation next year (I also ticked the box).

    I […]

    • I am just finishing my probationer year in Modern Studies. One peice of advice I would give is to be brave and initiate your own ideas no matter how big they are! It is difficult at first, especially in an experienced department but just go for it, you will reap the benefits!

    • Thanks everyone for the comments. My placement was exhausting but a great experience in terms of my professional development. As advised by James I found setting myself a time cut off point (usually 9pm) by which I would do no more work past that time of night no matter what.

      This was hugely beneficial and if anything I became more productive and efficient in managing my workload. I found myself more focussed at school and able to finish the vast majority if not all of my work at school and could come home with a clear mind. I was still getting through just as much work if not more than I had been completing when staying up late most nights in earlier placements.
      The best piece of advice I have received out with pedagoo was to “focus on the young people’s learning experience” and ensure they got a high quality and engaging/enjoyable lesson rather than constantly worry about upsetting or working with difficult fellow teachers/pupils etc. This helped me remember why I wanted to teach in the first place 

      I am now set to embark on my probation in August!

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