NQT buzz from the TES forums

11th September 2009 at 01:00
The reality of life in the classroom has hit our NQTs hard, and lots of the discussions in our NQT forum are about work-life balance

- There's e silver, a self-confessed "seasoned-festival goer", who wants to know if the NQT year is going to leave her so exhausted she won't be able to maintain her party lifestyle (www.tes.co.ukfestival). There's plenty of advice from seasoned practitioners, most of whom say, "Go for it as long as it doesn't interfere with your school work." PinkRuby counsels her to "make sure everything is done before you leave and have everything ready for Monday morning in case your sensible plan to be home for 4pm on Sunday doesn't work out."

- The key to a work-life balance is planning. MillyStar is worried that she hasn't planned enough for the first term (www.tes.co.ukplanning). There's reassurance from other teachers who made it successfully through their first year. Iamagoodgirl says, "Your feelings are normal but to plan a lot is not a good idea, and sometimes gives a false sense of security. Just get to know your class."

- One way to improve your workload is to take advice from others in the same boat. If you're looking for literacy planning advice, for example, you'll find lots of ideas at "Stories with familiar settings" (www.tes.co.ukliteracyplans).

- If you're worried about what to do with the kids during form time, check out the "Fun ideas for form time" thread (www.tes.co.ukformtime). If you're still stuck for a name for one of your groups, head over to tashaadlem's thread and look at the names other users have suggested for her literacy group (www.tes.co.ukgroupnames).

Get advice from experienced teachers and support from your peers at www.tes.co.uknqtforum.

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