Monday was good but tiring. We found out in the morning that the school had a whole school internal review so that meant that I wasn’t going to be teaching on Tuesday and Wednesday so that was a relief. Also due to a variety of events today was my last lesson teaching year 10 – I can’t believe it! It’s like a weight has been lifted. So, what with everything I only have three lessons left to teach this week and six to plan for next week. All in all, that makes 9 lessons. I teach more than that in a week usually! I can’t believe that all this is coming to an end. It seems such a long time ago that I was writing for the first time telling you all about my application. I hadn’t yet decided to move in with Greg or even that I’d be going to the university I chose … I still had my skills test to do and now …
Tuesday was another good day. I saw year 10 for the last time and just TAed in lessons. I managed to get most of my lessons planned for next week and my resources printed in fact I only have two lessons left to plan plus year 8’s assessments to mark. That feels really good. I’m hoping that after tomorrow I can really crack down on my PSHE certificate and paperwork etc.
Wednesday was good too. It’s always a joy to watch Kate teach. I only have two lessons tomorrow and I got lots done today. Hopefully same again tomorrow. I’ve got everything printed and sorted for this week and next and only one left to plan for next Friday. Other than that it’s all just paperwork now. I hope that if I can get everything else done this week I can concentrate on PSHE next week.
Thursday was a good day. I only had two lessons to teach both of which went well and I got lots of work done.
Friday was lovely. For some of the other trainees it was there last day – I’m going to miss them. I can’t believe we only have one week – five days – 9 lessons left. It feels so strange.
Over this week I even managed to get my PSHE certificate finished and I’ve just finished a small list of admin tasks and I’ve already tidied up the garden so, all that remains for me to do now is catch up on my academic reading!
My first entirely home-grown salad!
A rose by any other name
(It feels strange typing that. For a four day week it certainly has been very full on.)
Monday was a bank holiday. I woke up early and started to organise myself from the weekend and prepare for going back. I did quite a lot of jobs and just about got everything done that I wanted to ready for going back to school.
Tuesday was my first day back at school. It didn’t go too well. I had a couple of challenging classes that I need to get to grips with but I got through it. I wasn’t as productive as I’d hoped but I tried to give myself a break as it was only my first day back.
Wednesday was more free so I hoped that I would manage to be more productive which I did to a point but I was still working till 9 and didn’t manage to get any planning done.
Thursday I stayed behind late to get a load done. I did and managed to shift some lessons around as I realised I had a PSHE day on Tuesday so that’s 4 lessons I don’t have to plan which gave me some relief and meant that Friday could be spent on the remaining 6 lessons for next week.
Friday I had 3 periods free and managed to do some planning but somehow not as much as I thought … Period 5 I had my CM meeting which went well and I got some good targets to work on.
This weekend my brother is coming over again, which makes me very happy. I really hope I get some down time this weekend although I have a class of books to mark, 6 lessons to plan for next week and a 5000 word assignment to start due in a month.
I’ve really struggled this week to get back into the swing of things. I’ve not managed to get as much planning done during the week as I’d hoped and I just don’t know what else I could have done to keep up. It hasn’t helped with the broken printer etc so hopefully if I can get organised this weekend I can avoid it next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
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!