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What do I need?

I have just started a PGCE, and in a few short weeks I will be in a secondary school observing and eventually teaching maths lessons. On Saturday I went shopping because in order to be a secondary school teacher I needed some smart outfits, and I barely had enough to last a week.

What I ended up buying was three new suits, and couple of new shirts, a bunch of new ties, and two new pairs of smart shoes. The sum total of this was just shy of £300, which was well within my budget (yes, I did make a point of setting myself a limit before I went shopping), and I’m very grateful for the generous support the government gives to new PGCE students which allowed me to afford the new clothes.

The trouble is, what I could have done instead is gone to ASDA and picked up two new suits, a couple of shirts and ties and a new pair of shoes, and it would have cost more like £150.

So why did I spend twice as much? Well I have two main reasons, the first is that what I bought is undoubtedly much more comfortable and of a much higher quality so it will last longer. The second reason though is that I want to look good in front of the kids I’m teaching. Part of the desire to look good is because I know what kids are like, I know that they will respect good smart dress and mock shabby run-down looking clothes, and I don’t want there to be an uneccesary barrier to teaching them. However I also want to look good because frankly I know that their opinion will matter to me, and I rather like looking good.

Is this wrong? I don’t really know…

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Teaching Blog

In just over a week I will begin my PGCE, and if all goes well then in a years time I will be a teacher.

One of the things that will be essential to the training year is careful reflection on my experiences in and out of the classroom, as well as thinking carefully and critically about the various schools of thought surrounding teaching my subject (secondary school maths). To help me do that, I have set up a new blog on which I will be posting reflections on the teacher training year. I am also hoping that some of my fellow students will get involved as well and also contribute, but as I haven’t met any of them yet I can’t really guarantee that!

If you are at all interested in teaching, or in what I’ll be up to during the next year, then feel free to follow the new blog. Hopefully it will be interested even to those now in the teaching profession.

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