I’ve been a bad blogger but sometimes that’s the sacrifice I make for being a good teacher.
Since I no longer have to do ‘formal’ lesson plans I’ve had so much more time. I’ve practically got my weekends back but it has meant working quite late during the week. I’ve also been spending a lot of time on my assignment which I finally finished on Friday (just before I got an email saying the deadline had been extended by a fortnight) *facepalm* never mind at least it’s practically done now.
I’ve also been preparing for teaching my new schemes of work after half term and for my external examiner observation next Thursday. I now know what I’m going to do I just have that one final lesson to plan and that’s it for this week.
Perhaps I can finally catch up on some of the other admin I have to do like reading, emails, gardening, ironing, campus pack, PSHE work and forms for my new job – that’s all for during half term though and next week will be all about getting me to the point where I can do that effectively over the half term.
My brother is here this weekend which has been a nice surprise and since we got the garden furniture we’ve had another visitor …
We think (hope) he’s a stray.
In other news the garden is coming on well and I’ve had lots of homegrown radishes in my salads
I don’t think there’s much else to inform you of. I hope I can get back into the swing of blogging next week.
Apologies for the lack of a blog last week. Greg was away and I took the opportunity to work late and get lots of work done. I then ate when I got home and pretty much went to bed. Over the weekend I still had loads to do. Monday was a bank holiday so I got a class of books marked and a day of lesson planning done and I managed to get a third of my assignment done.
This week I have also managed to write no notes. I was preparing for my formal observation with my course leader which went really well. I got a 1: Outstanding and was told that I no longer have to do formal lesson plans or reflections but can cut back which will really make a difference to my time – especially as I have this assignment to write – which isn’t coming along as quickly as I’d like and 37 formative assessments to mark which I started this morning. I’m weird I enjoy the process.
This weekend I’m visiting my mum and will see my brother as I need to pick up a spare phone as mine is bust and also have my new contract read over. Surprisingly I’ve not missed it the phone. I just need it to make sure I’m safe on the drive to work during the week.
Once again, apologies for the short post and the lack of the usual structure, but needs must. I hope that next week I’ll have more time to write a bit more.
(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 productive day. I did loads of washing and loads of house jobs and gardening. I finished washing and cleaning my car and I also did loads of research for my research assignment. I booked a consultation at the library to talk over my research methods etc for tomorrow which also means I can return the books I’ve borrowed that I’m not using and hopefully I’ll have an equally productive day tomorrow.
On Tuesday I had another really productive day. I managed to book the hair cut I was after and went to a meeting at uni about my research assignment – read a whole book for it and started on a second. I’ve made some really great progress. I hope I can keep up this pace.
Wednesday I went for my hair cutting which was good and then caved and did all my resource printing at home as I got an email from school to say the printer room was being re-done and might be out of action for a week or so. Rather than risk it an potentially have to deal with the stress I decided I’d rather have the cost of ink and paper. I then got on with yet more reading for my research assignment. I’m really pleased with how it’s going.
Thursday Greg had the day off so that I could go to the drs, wait in for our packages and cleaned the house. It all happened, though not in the order we expected and finally made it to my dads. We had a lovely ‘grazing tea’ and watched ‘Spectre’ which my dad had never seen before. It was really nice.
Friday was my birthday. I woke up early and read a whole book – I’ve read three books in three days which has been really enjoyable. We then had breakfast and I opened my presents with my family before going for a walk among the blue bells. In the afternoon we just chilled out and didn’t do too much which was lovely and in the evening we watched ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ which I haven’t seen yet and I really enjoyed.
This weekend we’re staying at my dad’s until Sunday morning we’re planning on going to the garden centre, out for a meal, taking the dogs for a lovely walk again and then visiting Greg’s family on the way back home. I’m looking forward to having Monday to prepare myself to go back to school. I hope I’ve planned enough.
On Monday I had a really productive day. I planned the first week of year 9. I intend to keep this up – planning the first week of each year group for the first three days and then if I have time repeat, making sure I have time to relax in between. Really, the most important part is getting the first week done but the more I can do, the more ahead of myself I’ll be and the less I’ll have to do during term time.
I also did all of our washing and it dried outside on the line which was really satisfying. That was about it. I also planned to get a large pile of washing done – riveting I know.
On Tuesday my car was MOTed and serviced and I got on with my planning. All went well and I managed to get the first week of year 8 done which was great and planned to do year 10 on Wednesday.
It’s been nice to work all day – be productive and yet achieve what I set out to do as well as get other things done – really refreshing.
Wednesday was more difficult. I’ve really struggled planning for this class – they’re just such a challenging dynamic and somehow I have to get them through Macbeth against their will … I struggled through planning two lessons and wanted to get the first week done on Thursday meaning I was all planned for the first week back.
Thursday was good. I managed to get the entirety of the first week planned which felt really good and the second week provisionally planned – in other words I know what I’m doing even if I haven’t put together the lesson plans for it.
Friday I wanted to be a day of house jobs. I got loads done and also had time for a nap and to do some chilling. It was nice.
This weekend my brother is staying with us again as he’s going to a wedding nearby and Greg and I are going to my Grandma’s 80th birthday party – afternoon tea which will be nice. Not sure what Sunday will hold, maybe a chilled day with Greg, maybe an opportunity to finish off my house jobs.
Next week I think my priority will have to be my research assignment, which I’m actually looking forward to. I know I really need to get cracking with it but I have been putting it second to planning for going back.
On Monday I started teaching again. The lesson with year 9 did not go as well as I’d hoped but I’m hoping it’s just getting used to a new way of working. I did have a really productive day and I’ve planned for the rest of the week so now it’s just doing it and getting prepared for what I have to do over Easter.
On Tuesday I taught two lesson, getting grade 2 ‘good’ for both and got some really good feedback. I also had quite a productive day.
Wednesday was my fairly free day so I got lots done but I also felt really ill – shivery and cold so in the evening I had a bath and just went to bed in the hope that I’d feel better.
Thursday was meant to be a busy day but in the middle of the night I woke up with a migraine and didn’t make it into school. Not a productive day in terms of I just lay in bed in a dark room and felt sorry for myself but actually in the end it did me good.
On Friday I tried to catch up with my CM seeing as I’d missed my CM meeting on Thursday. I had a really good lesson with year 9. I realised that my suspicions were correct about the pupils – they’re testing me, Kate confirmed this, and my initial instinct to tell them off were correct. I only held back as because they’re more able I didn’t want to patronise them but I realise I must earn their respect by being strong and sometimes they need to realise that they’re still children for them moment, only lacking a certain emotional maturity.
We finished at lunch time. It was great to be able to come home and dump my stuff and hang out with Greg and my brother who is visiting this weekend. We got lots done on the garden and went out for a lovely meal with Greg’s best friend. Lots of red wine was had.
This weekend I think I’m going to take off completely, or as completely as my conscience will let me. There’s still pleanty to get done on the garden and I’m looking forward to spending time with my brother.
I do have lots to do over Easter – planning for my classes, that I take over full time after Easter and research for my assignment but I also intend to have lots of rest and spend time doing what I want to do. Spring is my favourite season – everything is waking up, the days are getting brighter and longer and warmer and most of the time I want to be outside and soaking it all up. It’s also my birthday soon, after all. Watch this space.
Pumpkin & courgette
Sweetcorn, peas, spring onions, radish, spinache, turnips, carrots
Spring onions, sweet-peas & cherry tree
First week at PP2
On Monday I felt like I hit the ground running. I observed all my classes and even partially taught year 10 as there was a cover teacher in there.
On Tuesday I did the same and managed to speak to all my teachers about what I’ll be teaching after Easter until June half term. I feel like I now have a clear idea and have got a copy of all the staff resources. I just need to check out the schemes of work now and print them ready for full on planning over the Easter holidays. I also managed to get a big chunk of my planning assignment done so I’m onto the last part. That also has to be done over this weekend.
Wednesday was a fairly free day and hence really productive. During period 1 I was involved with department marking, moderating and input which was fun. It was nice to spend time with the department. I also managed my CMs class during period 2 while she sorted some things from the marking. The rest of the day I got a good chunk of an assignment done which I was pleased about. I was then hopeful that I might even finish it before the weekend leaving that free for planning my 6 lessons.
My first observation was also arranged with my CL&VT for Tuesday but all that’s to come.
Thursday was quite a busy day. I even taught the year 10s a bit while they were calm. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped as the class teacher kind of launched me into them mid lesson but it went ok. I managed to get quite a bit of my assignment done – steady as she goes. I also had my second CM meeting which went well. We agreed it’s all about planning next week.
On Friday I was on a school trip for the majority of the day to Preston Sports arena. I hoped that I would get some work done however this turned out not to be the case. It was a very busy and hectic day and the kids were very excitable. If nothing else it taught me that I can manage behaviour.
The weekend will be spent finishing off my planning assignment and planning lessons for the coming week. I hope I also get chance to spend some time in the sun as the weather forecaste is very promising.