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The first five minutes

PGCE students talking about how they feel in the first five minutes.

The first five minutes of your STEM activity can be the most daunting. Watch the video above of trainee teachers talking about the first five minutes of a lesson and what they do to make a positive start.


The first five minutes may be quite daunting, but we would encourage you to go into a volunteering activity confident and positive. In this discussion, let’s talk about our main concerns and support each other by sharing our experiences and what we can learn from them.
  • What worries you about the first five minutes of your STEM session?
  • What tips can you take from the trainee teachers’ discussions to ensure that your session has a positive start and runs smoothly?

For some additional guidance, take a look at our Top Tips for Handling Presentation Nerves (PDF).

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