Primary age, Key Stage 2, primarily in years 5 and 6 but my second placement is with year 4. I have worked the last year as a cover supervisor in the school and have undertaken lesson planning, marking etc however I appreciate that it will be more intense than what I have been used to. There is still a reflective log that has to be filled in every day plus a lesson plan thing and 5 huge files to place evidence etc in, also feedback notes etc. I am in the process of getting my files sorted now so that I am ready for September, if I get them organised now I hopefully will not be playing catch up in that department. Another reason why running back or to work is not an option - too many books and other things to transport on a daily basis plus a daughter to pick up from school!! Think I may have to write out a weekly timetable and put my running into that, it may help to organise my mind and see what time is available once I start.
Hello All, Thank you for advice, Clag I think you are right, the balance is going to be so important and I do not think I will manage without running!!! A good idea abot setting work times as I am exactly like that; I could go on and on forgetting that some things cannot be completed by the end of each day and many things will ned to roll over until the next day etc. GTP is the Graduate Teaching Programme, it is a year long teacher training course through which you train while employed by a school full-time. There are some university days but most of the training is on the job, a bit like SKITT, which is more school-based than PGCE. On GTP you are employed as a non-qualified teacher as you train, handy from a financial point of view as well. Shonagh
Are there any trainee teachers out there who manage to keep up their running and can reassure me?!! I start GTP in September and I am extremely keen to keep up my running. I run three - sometimes four times a week, 1 long run, 1 speedwork and 1 tempo. I feel my running is very important to me and also will be a good stress reliever etc. The bottom line is I would be extremely miserable if I could not run. However I am aware of the pace and workload of the GTP and I know that time management is going to be crucial. I also have a family to consider aswell. A balance is going to be really important. I am scared that I will be too tired or not have time to run and that is an awful prospect. I know some people say, well fit in a quick run of 20 mins to half an hour, I understand that thinking but the truth is by the time you factor in a cool down, shower, drying hair etc etc, it is more an hour or longer. I run 10 - 13 miles on my long runs and while my other runs are shorter factoring in the showers etc it is still a chunk of time. I would appreciate thoughts of anyone who has succeeded or found good strategies to work around things.
Mine is upstairs in the bedroom, has been for a number of years and I can't say that we have ever had any problems with it being there. Very difficult to get up there but once up it has been fine. Certainly no signs of structural damage or anything like that! Our house is quite old so I don't know if that makes a difference to the structure etc. I was worried about the weight of it at first but I suppose when you consider the weight of double beds and huge overloaded wardrobes it perhaps is not all that different.