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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsd View Post
    I teach English and Maths, SK, so I'm no help to you with specific resources but I just wanted to say that my rule of thumb is always "Would I want to be a student in my class?" If it's a resounding "No", I'm doing something wrong. If it's a "it would be OK but not life-changing", I think that's quite acceptable for a prac teacher!
    Sadly I think at the moment I'm somewhere in between - not complete torture but certainly not riveting stuff either! I will work towards moving that in the right direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsd View Post
    I've mentored before and the advice I would give is:
    * listen to your mentor's advice. Suggestions aren't usually suggestions - they're recommendations that you need to adopt.
    * know your subject and be prepared - you seem to have that. I like worksheets that are self-explanatory with a bit extra somewhere that brighter kids can go on with if you're tied up.
    * do everything you need to do and be punctual - just like any job. A bit of initiative and enthusiasm goes a long way in your mentor's eyes (never avoid playground duty or make excuses not to visit X's class if he/she invites you).
    * enjoy teaching - if you're enthusiastic, the kids will be, too.

    Good luck!
    I have been organised but for some reason I still don't feel I know the subjects inside and out without my notes. Not sure if that's partly due to nerves though.

    I've been trying to do all of these - but the last one I haven't been able to. I actually enjoy the students and talking to them, but the 'teaching' part I honestly don't enjoy. But I'm hoping this will improve when I become more comfortable over time.

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    The 'teaching' part is the bit that takes time. Content knowledge is tough, and I tend to practise my explanations in the shower, in the car until I'm comfortable without notes. But sometimes I do use notes in class and say 'I just want to get this part absolutely right'.

    Something that helps me is to have clear outcome for the lesson in mind, and for the learning goal to be an action kind of verb ie describe rather than understand... So for the subjects you've mentioned I might consider: debate, represent, replicate, hypothesize, discover, explore, predict, explain, create, invent etc...

    When you get that part sorted, it can open the door to ideas for lesson activities as well. It sounds to me like you're going fine. Teachers are renowned perfectionists and control freaks so go easy on yourself :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsharvey View Post

    When you get that part sorted, it can open the door to ideas for lesson activities as well. It sounds to me like you're going fine. Teachers are renowned perfectionists and control freaks so go easy on yourself :-)
    Thanks, I will definitely use your ideas and suggestions! I'm also going to try to just chill a bit (and maybe even enjoy it!) That might also help me in the other areas.

    I think I'm making such an effort to do it - organising care full time for my 3 year old and almost 2 year old, giving up my time with them (and my hubby) and being 6 weeks pregnant - I just don't want to fail miserably and all the effort is then for nothing!

    Hopefully I'll improve from now on and just start relaxing more :-)

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    Just wanted to say good luck today! Don't put too much pressure on yourself, breathe and try to enjoy being with the kids, they'll be excited about getting to know you

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    Hi Strawberry Kisses
    I'm a 4th year science and maths teacher and I can clearly remember both my pracs I did in my grad dip. A lot of people have already given fantastic advice in here:
    • ask your supervising teacher for suggestions/advice
    • practice your content beforehand so you become more confident with it, I remember looking at notes on my first prac so I started abbreviating them to dot points so I couldn't use them as a crutch, I had to actually use my brain and thats when it started to feel more natural, I also used to 'teach' my husband the theory at home the night before, an excellent test of my explaining skills
    • ask your supervising teacher for suggestions/advice
    • really invest time and energy in getting to know the names of your students and something about them, this will make it easier to ask questions of them and redirect poor behaviour, plus whenever they're answering something or leading a discussion it gives you some time to breathe
    • ask your supervising teacher for suggestions/advice, these are their classes and they know the students, plus it makes a good impression
    What everyone else is saying about prac being nothing like teaching is definitely true. I still find it very stressful talking in front of other teachers, my peers, but in front of a classroom of 15yo's I'm confident. Don't be so hard on yourself and just keep trying different things till you find something that works. Honestly, that's what 'real teachers' do. And your mentality at the moment of just trying one more day, that's totally normal too.

    P.S. I teach year 10 science and year 11 chemistry. Tell me the specific topics you will need to teach and I can give you resources/ideas if you like. Prac is intense and any way you can be more efficient with your time is great.

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    Thanks again ladies :-)

    I 'taught' again today and it was definitely an improvement. I also received some more feedback from my mentor which helped (and was very encouraging!)

    I have done two weeks (almost!) and only three weeks to go so I'm just going to try to keep going, stay positive and use the hints you have all given me - thank you :-)

    All of your comments, advice, and support have really helped, I really appreciate it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamermum View Post

    P.S. I teach year 10 science and year 11 chemistry. Tell me the specific topics you will need to teach and I can give you resources/ideas if you like. Prac is intense and any way you can be more efficient with your time is great.
    At the moment I'm teaching year 11 Psych/Science but I've been told they expect me to teach Year 10 Science (Chemistry) next week - not looking forward to that!

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    Glad it's going well!

    Abc science has some great resources on how science impacts our lives, not sure how helpful but links to the real life problems being solved my science is a great hook and might give you some little stories to interject into the learning.

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    Hi strawberrykisses! Don't beat yourself up, it probably wasn't as bad as you think. Even the most experienced teachers have bad days sometimes! The one thing that I think always helps is getting involved in a co-curricular activity that lets you get to know some of the kids in your class outside the classroom. Even now in my 5th year of teaching I find this to be the fastest way to build rapport (especially with any difficult kids). On prac this made a huge difference for me - I started coaching athletics and turned one tricky kid around practically over night. With him on my side it changed the whole class dynamic.

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