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Started by mememe on Sep 5, 2018 1:19:23 PM
Capitalist Money Madness Two: Electric Boogaloo

More decent discussion from the UK News stalwarts

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mememe - 05 Sep 2018 13:23:51 (#1 of 1249)

<twiddles thumbs anxiously>

mememe - 05 Sep 2018 13:24:46 (#2 of 1249)

<paces up and down>

mememe - 05 Sep 2018 13:41:28 (#3 of 1249)

My son has asked for this for his upcoming 11th birthday. I fully approve.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=vI6Qz
U8NXFI

rgtstoppedcounting - 05 Sep 2018 13:51:48 (#4 of 1249)

I bet the North Koreans make a better one.

robbie76 - 05 Sep 2018 13:52:10 (#5 of 1249)

My boy has that. Fun putting it together but only used for a few minutes. He's more interested in Fortnite.

mememe - 05 Sep 2018 13:54:45 (#6 of 1249)

Returning to the discussion on the last thread, I did a PGCE. It was a watse of fucking time. Anyone that thinks that is what makes a teacher suitable for teaching needs their fucking head examined.

PostmodernToss - 05 Sep 2018 13:59:38 (#7 of 1249)

Absolutely. The PGCE I did is ranked as one of the best in the UK, which boggles the mind as to how crap some of the rest must be.

Though nothing incurred greater contempt from me than the claim that PGCE essays are marked "to MA standards"; they're not even marked to undergraduate standard. In some ways this was GRATE - I loved getting 85% for an essay I'd spent a total of about five or six hours on - but seriously??

mememe - 05 Sep 2018 14:01:15 (#8 of 1249)

I mean obviously I am very, very old and I cannot say with any certainty that it is the case now, but nobody could call it rigorous. And mine was at a redbrick, not some IHE or anything like that.

PostmodernToss - 05 Sep 2018 14:09:16 (#9 of 1249)

It's not just that it's not rigorous, it's that it teaches you absolutely nothing which isn't a) common sense to anyone with half a brain or b) something you'll pick up within a term or so of actual teaching, especially if you're even half-decently mentored within your school.

mememe - 05 Sep 2018 14:16:54 (#10 of 1249)

Exactly. And knowing the school you work at, which is very similar to the school I used to go to, there's probably little interest in keeping on teachers who aren't making the grade, and also pretty high expectations from staff, parents and pupils alike.

PostmodernToss - 05 Sep 2018 14:28:07 (#11 of 1249)

Oh indeed. It's a lovely place to work but they (and yes, "they" includes parents and pupils as well as senior leadership) definitely expect a lot of you in terms of the quality of your teaching.

FleurDuMal - 05 Sep 2018 16:08:21 (#12 of 1249)

Returning to the discussion on the last thread, I did a PGCE. It was a watse of fucking time. Anyone that thinks that is what makes a teacher suitable for teaching needs their fucking head examined.

I used to teach on one in FE. The good teachers were good regardless, but it did nothing for the crap ones.

FleurDuMal - 05 Sep 2018 16:09:41 (#13 of 1249)

they (and yes, "they" includes parents and pupils as well as senior leadership) definitely expect a lot of you in terms of the quality of your teaching.

Are you given sufficient time to plan and prepare? As far as I'm concerned, it's the pre-lesson work that makes the difference between an acceptable lesson and an excellent one.

PostmodernToss - 05 Sep 2018 21:19:24 (#14 of 1249)

It's not too bad. I definitely do less extra curricular now than I did in the boarding schools, and not having school on Saturdays makes me much more willing to spend Sunday afternoons doing preparation.

FrankieTeardrop - 05 Sep 2018 21:21:47 (#15 of 1249)

I’d be rubbish at that preparation stuff. It’s all I can do to get a shirt ironed at the weekend, ready for Monday.

mememe - 05 Sep 2018 21:44:28 (#16 of 1249)

That is definitely the thing I miss the least about teaching. I'm working all the hours there are at the moment, but usually I can stop and forget about it in the evenings and weekends. Sunday dread is a thing of the past.

I'm so busy I took my mac to the launderette today when it was the annual duvet washing.

HorstVogel - 05 Sep 2018 21:52:17 (#17 of 1249)

can't macs work by themselves these days?

mememe - 05 Sep 2018 21:56:40 (#18 of 1249)

Frankly I wish mine could at the moment. I am working through the FAQs of a dating site. The sort of good steady work I like having, but don't like doing.

xDiggy - 05 Sep 2018 22:12:39 (#19 of 1249)

Does your wife know about this?

PostmodernToss - 05 Sep 2018 22:23:48 (#20 of 1249)

Preparation is fun, especially for sixth-form (which makes up almost half my timetable).

It's *marking* which sucks.

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