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September 27, 2010

Science reflective journal – week1

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wie/teaching/pgce/secondary/subjects/science/outline/week_1

This first week of the PGCE has been… packed to say the least. Packed with new names and faces, handouts, forms, lectures and IT problems, I’m just glad that I did the SAS in my second year so that a lot of the material was vaguely familiar!

What’s really interesting to see is the sheer variety of backgrounds and people that have applied for the PGCE here. I’ve come here straight from doing my degree here, so I’m not only younger than most people here but I’ve only ever experienced the academic life, and it’s strange (but reassuring in a way) to hear that work outside education is often as boring as I thought.

But then if they’d had a good experience they wouldn’t have come to the PGCE to try and make a difference to people’s lives, and at the end of the day isn’t what we all want out of teaching? To actually make a difference to people’s lives and in a small way leave our mark on this world? It’s a big responsibility, but one I’m willing to take.

The course is going to be hard, no doubt about that, but I should hope I find the time to enjoy it despite the work I’m given!

On that note, I’m going to leave you with the fact I’m still wearing the UV bead bracelet we made this morning, My watch broke last year and my wrist’s felt far too light since. Also it goes pretty colours when outside, that has to be a good thing.


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