Hi Everyone, this week has been crazy!
On Monday I managed to finish all my lesson planning and thought I might manage to have an easy week of it and then I found out I had an interview on Thursday! That meant I had to do a load of prep and rearrange my formal observation – nightmare. That one was a late night
On Tuesday my partner drove me to the school where I’m having my interview after I’d spent all day cramming for it. I also had two classess worth of mock marking to do. I spent the evening doing even more prepping
On Wednesday I had my first ‘Outstanding’ lesson in Drama which was really exciting. I also did the last of my prepping for my interview and met with some colleagues to go over what I had planned and receive some feedback.
On Thursday I had my interview. It was very intense – I had a 1:1 with the head followed by a 20 minute lesson, a curriculum interview and an interview with the pupils (which was lovely). After lunch all the PGCE students were let go and 2/5 went on to the final stage of the interview. They were both more experienced teachers – one of 6 years and the other had just finished her NQT year. Never the less, we were all told we could ring for feedback the following day which I did. I was told that the big debate over lunch time was whether or not to keep me on, so that was nice to hear. After my interview I got home at about 2 and did nothing for the first time in weeks. I was absolutely mentally exhausted.
On Friday my course leader wanted a word – she knew how much I had going on and wanted to check up on me. She also told me that the place I’d provisionally been given for my PP2 placement was going to change and wanted to check that it was ok as it is quite far away (40 + minutes) Greg and I are going to drive it over the weekend to see what it’s like.
Over the weekend I need to have a bloody good rest but I also need to pan for my lessons for next week including my observed lesson on Thursday – the last day! I also have several forms to take care of and paperwork for the final week. I’m also going for a meal out with some friends on Saturday so I’m really looking forward to that.
I can’t believe next week is my final week at my placement 1 school. Before Christmas I didn’t think I’d make it to this point and now I feel like I’ve just started to belong. Having said that I think I’m ready to move on to somewhere new – a fresh start, a fresh challenge.
Wish my luck! TTFN x
Monday was an ok day I taught two lessons and felt fine about it. Then during training in the evening I found out my Grandad died. I had Tuesday off as I was feeling quite delicate but also got loads of work done because I wanted to keep busy but it was comforting to do it with a cup of tea close at hand and in my pjs.
On Wednesday I had a Drama observation first thing which was new for me as I hadn’t actually taught a full drama lesson yet but I was eager to give it a go. Turns out I did really well and it was nearly ‘Outstanding’ I will re-do this lesson next week and make the changes necessary. Hopefully it’ll be outstanding then.
On Thursday I had my three full lessons again and also pretty much finished both schemes of work I was doing – which means I have two weeks worth of lessons to fill. 6 for year 10 and 5 for year 8 but after a meeting with my CM I know what I’m doing and just need to plan them. I also applied for another job – finally.
On Friday I was, of course, at uni and we continued our session on ‘the best lesson I’ve taught so far’ and also some admin on meeting the teachers’ standards. At least I’ve started this but I need to complete it over half term and I also have to make a start on the end of practice form sometime over the next two weeks
Over the weekend I need to lesson plan, although I managed to plan 3.5 lesson on Friday leaving only 4 to do.
My formal observation will be next week on Thursday – wish me luck for that.
Last week was a bit of a write off. On Tuesday I had a migraine which put me out of kilter for the rest of the week and culminated in me having a long chat with my CL to get me back on track … the less said about it the better really but needless to say I started this week with a problem solving to do list and that is exactly what I’ve done.
On Monday I took my second full lesson which went reasonably well. The beginning and end of the lesson were good but I kind of lost them in the middle … I managed to pull them back though and after some reflection I know what I need to do to improve next time.
On Tuesday I did an impromptu starter with year 7 which went really well and although their behaviour for my CM is not good, I didn’t have a problem this time. I’ve found the key is really clear instructions and knowledge of the consequences of their actions – which I am confident in carrying out. (In other words having a backup plan in the form of a writing if pupils won’t do as I’ve asked)
During Wednesday I delivered a drama starter which went really well.
On Thursday I also delivered a plenary – unfortunately it was cut short due to the class teacher running over … I wish I’d have ended it properly rather than letting it trail off into nothingness (something I need to work on) but otherwise it went well.
On Friday I was in uni – I had a good day and started to wind down for the weekend by prioritising all my jobs!
As you can see my delivery of lessons has increased this week – this is to give me more control and experience so that I’m ready for taking on Y8 and Y10 full time after Christmas. Something I face with determination but no small amount of trepidation…
Over the weekend my brother has come to stay with us for a week as he’s working near where we live. I’m also on primary placement for that week so it’ll be nice to finish dead on the bell and be able to get home and spend time with him as well as catching up on work I have to do.
After this week I have one more week at placement – where I’ll be observed by my PM and I also need to get my resources sorted for the first week at least. Then I have a ‘research week’ at Uni, which I’m looking forwards to although it’s likely I’ll be given another assignment to do. After that I have a week ‘off’ where I’ll be working my socks off to get everything done so that I can have a proper week off over Christmas. Just 4 weeks to go!
A hard frost in the morning.
On Monday I delivered a starter with the Y10s. The starter went really well but the plenary was rubbish. After school I had a meeting that went on until 5.20 so I didn’t get home till gone 6.
On Tuesday I had my meeting with my CM which was good. I had some really positive feedback and some good pointers however, she did ask me to plan pretty much half a lesson with less than two days notice … that was a pain but I got it done although that meant working till 8.
During Wednesday I gave my Drama starter that also went really well. I observed a really great lesson with year 11 doing a carousel which they really bought into. I also observed some modelling of annotating an extract which was really useful considering that’s what I’m going to do with the year 10s next week – I’m looking forward to that one.
On Thursday I had a less good day. My year 7 starter and lesson didn’t go very well. The pupils just didn’t get it but I also I don’t think I explained myself very well … something I really need to work on – explaining clearly enough and pitching it at the right level. On the other hand I’m trying not to beat myself up too much. A part of me feels that no matter how well I explained myself a majority of them wouldn’t have understood.
On Friday I was back at uni we had our cross curricular conference day which was good and then, after handing in our assignments, we were allowed to go at 12 so I had a long lunch with a friend and came home to catch up on filing and all the other little jobs that I’ve been meaning to do like backing up my files.
On Saturday I’ve planned to do some more planning (surprise, surprise!) and we have an engagement celebration meal in Liverpool which I’m looking forward to. Hopefully Sunday will be a day of absolute chill, providing I get this planning done.
Until next week, TTFN X
P.S I also found out I got 88% on my first assignment – feeling really pleased about that.
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.
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!