Monthly Archives: October 2016

Half Term.

It’s finally half term and yet I don’t feel like there’s going to be any rest for the wicked. On Monday I spent all day just cracking on with my MTP. I have no idea how long this assignment has taken but I know that if I have to spend the same amount of time on every MTP I do that it will be simply unsustainable however, this is my second assignment and I’m putting in everything I can to it.

I did quite a lot and yet it’s not yet finished. I feel like if I can’t at least get a complete draft done by tomorrow I am going to panic. I have however, promised myself that I’m going to wash my car on Tuesday … There’s lots of other stuff I wanted to get done: a food shop, to call my dad, to make dinner and I still, as yet, haven’t done it … I didn’t have lunch till 3.30 because I’d been working none stop in an attempt to make some headway.

On Tuesday I continued to work on my MTP assignment. I’ve now completed a first draft which I feel really good about. Considering I only found out on Friday about parts of it I’ve now not only written 2000 words, to a good standard, in two day but I’m now also nearly 1000 words over the word count … I plan to cut that down during proof-reading towards the end of this week and next week.

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Organised Chaos

During Wednesday I spent the day researching starters and plenaries for year 7 literacy. I also made time to wash my car. I didn’t do a very good job though because Greg had forgotten to take the hoover out for me and also it started raining. As Mr A.Mole would say “Just my luck!” Still, perhaps tomorrow I’ll get chance to finish it off and give it a polish.

Thursday I did all house jobs. I caught up on what felt like a month of ironing, finished washing my car, hoed the garden beds and that took up all of the day but I feel really good about it. My jobs list is diminishing slowly but I’ve only got three days left. I was thinking about having a day off tomorrow but I think I’m going to try and get all the jobs that I haven’t yet done yet done tomorrow and then aim to have the weekend completely free.

On Friday I got around to finding some starter and plenary ideas. I didn’t plan them too in depth because I want to see where they’ll fit in with my CM’s plans. Later I want to plan everything for Monday so I don’t have to do it later.

I’ve done everything I wanted to do this half term so I’m pretty pleased about that but I’m still so tired. I need to make it through till Christmas now and I’m really nervous.

On Monday it’ll be 43 days till I finish at my placement for Christmas and then 49 until I finish at the placement completely … I hope I can make it through.

I feel like I have so many morals and that the actual teaching will be fine but I’m struggling with the lack of time and the lack of organisation and transparency … I don’t have time to breathe. I get up at 6.15, leave at 7, arrive at school for 7.30 ish, start school at 8.30 … leave school at 4 (sometimes 5), arrive home at 4.45 (sometimes later) and finally stop for dinner at 7 … I’m in school for 9.5 hours and work for 11 … and I’ve only been on placement four weeks.

At least this assignment is virtually over but now I have to concentrate on planning activities day to day. The next step is planning the first few weeks of lessons for after Christmas and then working together a MTP for all classes after Christmas … Wish me luck!

This weekend Greg and I went to Speke hall and had some quality time together. I’ve enjoyed really resting up and getting myself together for the next 6 weeks. I hope it’s enough.

TTFN X

 

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The week before half term.

On Monday year 8 were doing their assessment so I managed to get quite a lot of my year 10 MTP done. It’s taking longer than I expected but I think I’m getting there … it’s just quite faffy and I have to cross reference everything. This evening we also had a two hour meeting so I didn’t do anymore work on it once I got home – self preservation and all that.

On Tuesday I felt very much at a loose end I had two frees followed by a professional mentor meeting which was cut short … my curriculum mentor then came in and asked me which lessons I’d been in, so I told her the truth …  later in the day I also had my meeting with my curriculum mentor and I finally feel like we’re coming to the same sort of thoughts on things. I am to come back after half term with some starters and plenaries planned for y7 literacy in particular and y7 drama, I may even look at some for my y8s and y10s too and see if I can come up with any. She also increased my observations which is fine by me at the moment and I will opt out as soon as I need more time for planning and things.

During Wednesday I felt a bit more busy I had lots on but in my frees I didn’t manage to get a lot done, or it felt like I didn’t but I did get one section done so it can’t have been that bad

Thursday was a bit of a non-day as most of the day was spent doing assessments, which are to be marked over half term. I did however have a good y8 lesson where I got stuck in with some feedback and dot marking.

On Friday I went to uni. We did Behaviour II which was fantastic, poundland pedagogy which I’ve done before and finally poetry I which I loved. I found out that my MTP is not nearly finished at all which was a massive blow but this weekend we’re seeing some friends and I really want to dedicate a day to spending time with Greg as I feel like we haven’t seen each other properly for ages. I know I’ll have the days during half term to do what I need to do so it only seems fair. I’m trying to avoid freaking out.

I have a lot to do over half term. I want to: Finish my y10 medium term plan fully, including my assessment. I want to have starters/plenaries for all year groups that I’m teaching. I want to have my y7 literacy lesson planned and practiced and I want to make a start on my y8 MTP … not to mention catch up on jobs around the house, find time for reading, relaxing and sleeping and to spend some quality time with Greg … I’m not sure I’m going to manage it all but the most important thing I think is the sleep, the relaxation and spending time with Greg … if I sacrifice those things during term time I must catch up on them during the holiday otherwise I know I’ll just burn out. I have to be strict with myself though and not work too hard.

TTFN X

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Argy bargy, planning and one week till half term!

On Monday I had a fairly normal day but didn’t manage to have a meeting with my CM after school as a progress leader (year 9 form) meeting was sprung on me.

On Tuesday I had my PM meeting which was good and I got the opportunity to chat with my fellow trainees although they all seem to have been told different things about what their course leaders expect which is confusing. I also started work on my ‘noticing booklet’ which one of the other girls on my course gave me and which is really useful.

During Wednesday I managed to find my year 10 SOW and started re-planning my MTPs for after Christmas as there has been some argy bargy between my CL and CM as to when exactly I should start teaching and what my focus should be.

The drama class I attended was the same lesson as last week but I can see how it’s evolved now. The teacher has kept what went well and evolved it to be even better which was nice to see. It also gave me some interesting perspectives in terms of differences from English.

In year 10 English it was nice to see my CM deviate from her original lesson plan to give pupils information about the mock exam they’ll set next week – adhering to their needs.

In the afternoon I met with the SENCO of the school and discussed some pupils and what can be done in terms of differentiation but, all in all, they’re a very able cohort.

On Thursday I practically completed a MTP for Year 7 literacy however this may not be where my focus should be. It’s hard to be being pulled in two directions at once and I’m finding it hard to be strong in what’s best for me.

On Friday it was nice to be back at uni. We covered behaviour management and the psychological and hormonal reasons why teenagers may be poorly behaved. We also covered meaningful marking.

This weekend I am at my Mum’s for a family friends 60th birthday. It’s nice to be home with all my family and to be with my cat. He’s not been very well but I think he’s a bit better now he’s on a different diet. I’m soaking up all my time with him.

Here’s to one more week until half term, when hopefully I can get caught up with everything!

TTFN

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Medium Term Planning, Open Evening, Drama and Back to Uni!

On Monday I went to my first form time. They seem like a nice form for the most part but unfortunately the form tutor was off ill. I successfully got my laptop hooked up to the school network and found some schemes of work and began to get my head around them. I started going into the classes I will be with too with a view to getting to know names and needs.

I also had an interesting conversation with my curriculum mentor during our meeting. Turns out and I was beginning to get this impression before hand, that behaviour is not an issue but entitlement, privilege, apathy and attitude is. Which in some ways is harder to manage. Engagement will be key with my classes.

On Tuesday I went to my first year group meeting and then form time. My period 3 was cancelled and my year 7 literacy class does not start until after half term when the year group has been setted so I spent all day doing medium term planning until period 5. I managed to get the majority of my year 7 literacy medium term plan done and an outline for my year 8 writing skills and my year 10 19th C Fiction done (Jekyll and Hyde). Period 5 I observed year 11 poetry – To Autumn.

I also figured out a plan of what I want to achieve each week from now up until half term:

Week 1 – Observing, getting to know the school

Week 2 – Observing classes, getting to know the classes & complete MTPs

Week 3 – Observing classes, getting to know the classes & complete LPs (at least for November)

Week 4 – Observing, getting to know classes & prep resources (at least for November)

Half Term – LP continued & creation of slides

After Half Term – Teaching, evaluating lessons, tweaking LPs/MTPs and prepping for up to and after Christmas.

During Wednesday I went to my first form assembly which was quite enjoyable. All about the year 9s starting to think about their options for GCSE. I also found out that soon it’s the year 8s that will be doing their options as the school is extending its GCSE to three years.

I then went to Drama which was really fun. The year 7 scheme of work is about ‘Lightning Larry’. I then had 2 planning periods and really got to grips with my Jekyll & Hyde MTP. I then had year 10 followed by another year 7 drama class which I’ve decided I won’t be going into (I had to chose between P1 and P5 so as not to go over my hours) and I think I’m better in the morning.

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On Thursday I observed two lessons and carried on with my MTPing. It was also open evening. I was in work 8-8.30 … I got home by 9 and collapsed into bed straight away.

On Friday I was back at university. It was great to be back. We had a lecture on how children learn and then an English seminar on Writing and I handed in two of my assignments. I also stayed behind to have a chat with my course tutor … turns out I shouldn’t be starting to teach after half term but after Christmas … I now have to break this news to my curriculum mentor and all the work I’ve done on my MTPs and planning etc (apart from being good practice) is useless. After Christmas I have a 7 week half term to teach before moving on to my next placement.

My new plan is to get started on my MTP for after Christmas ASAP.

This weekend I slept. I slept in a lot. I needed it. Then I got up and tried to catch up on jobs that needed doing. I’ve run out of time but there you are. I have a feeling this will be a running trend.

Hope you are all having a restful and relaxing weekend.

TTFN X

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The First Week.

This week was my first week at my first placement. I am shattered!

On Monday I was blown away by the school I’ve been placed at. The building is only 8 years old and the pupils are fantastic. No behaviour problems whatsoever. I couldn’t believe it. I only hope that I don’t get complacent and that my next placement isn’t somewhere horrible.

For the majority of Monday I observed English classes over a variety of years. I noticed that there didn’t really seem to be a behaviour policy or formal lesson structure which was interesting

On Tuesday I shadowed a year 7 pupil to all of her classes. I went to English, Biology, Food Tech and Spanish. I also had a meeting with my Professional Mentor and in the evening I had my first curriculum mentor meeting. We discussed the work all year groups were doing in English, my strengths and weaknesses and if I had any requests at what I wanted to see. We discussed my timetable too and got a general idea of what it might be like … perhaps some top set year 8, a tricky year 10 set 2, a year 7 literacy class, 1 hr of drama and perhaps a year 11 class for an hour. TBC.

She was also very impressed that my pencil case matched my folder …

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what she doesn’t know it that it matches my laptop too!

During Wednesday I shadowed a year 10 pupil. We went to Business, Science, Spanish, Maths and English.

On Thursday I finally managed to get a free period to go look at the library and sort out some techy things. I also got a coffee and felt better for it as on Wednesday, after bake off, I went straight to bed and slept right through! I’m looking forward to getting some scheduled planning time as of next week. The rest of the day consisted of an English with the head of year 11 which was fantastic, two drama lessons (year 7 and year 10) and a media class. All of my A Level media came flooding back and I quite enjoyed it.

On Friday I helped out with an ASDAN group and then observed a year y11 poetry lesson and sat in on a PD ‘young health champions’ meeting followed by a y10 English lesson and then a year 10 media lesson

During my observations this week I mainly focused on the structure of the lesson, it’s organisation and behaviour management. Next week I should be given my timetable for the classes I’ll take over so I can start getting to know names, data and pupils.

This weekend my dad and his wife came to visit with the dogs. I hadn’t initially realised that they were planning to stay over but now that the house is all ready I’m looking forward to it.

In other news …

TTFN X

 

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