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.
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.
Overall this week has been a lot better. Ever since I was told I was doing to much and to chill out I have done. I’ve been getting a lot done on an evening but feeling no pressure which is really good.
On Monday we finally covered the theory of planning. It was tough but a relief to finally get it started. This is what so much of this year is going to be about and I’m impatient to practice and get good at it.
On Tuesday we had a session on starters and plenaries and was shown lots of resources such as Heather’s Animations, Classtools, Teachit and Wordclouds. We were also given the EAT task of creating a presentation showcasing 3-5 technology resources to make learning exciting and fun so that was what I spent my evening doing. I also created my first independent lesson plan. I didn’t have to, just thought it would be good practice and a way to justify my choices.
During Wednesday we had a teachers and the law session which included child protection, relationship with parents, home-school agreement e safety and finally, mental health, I finished my book review assignment that I started at the weekend. It only had to be a page and all in all I think I finished it in two days so I feel really good for that. I’m starting my second one (first assessed) this weekend (the teachers and the law one) and I’m hoping to get it done by next Thursday as that’s when the next assignment is given to us. I recon so long as I can stay ahead of the game like this assignment wise I should be ok. I also even managed to do some gardening.
On Thursday Becky and I presented our EAT task. We spend the morning in our groups putting the finishing touches to our presentations and in the end it went well, if a little rushed.
On Friday it was Shakespeare day! I went dressed as the bard himself and we were introduced to the technique of WOOSHes which I think are really fantastic we also talked and thought about ways to teach Shakespeare to children, ways that work, ways that don’t and challenges we might face.
This weekend is a cleaning weekend. What with August Bank Holiday and starting uni things have got to a dire state so that is being rectified. Once that’s done I’m going to finish off my part of the gardening and force Greg to mow the lawn before Autumn really sets in. I’m also hoping that we’ll get time to go to Tesco and I can buy a few work outfits and maybe some Autumn candles! We had steak last night (our Friday night treat) and tonight Greg wants to make homemade pizzas so we need to get some bits for that. Tomorrow I’m going to make a start on my teachers and the law assignment and see how far I get.