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The last post. PONG!

So, in all honesty for the last three weeks I have completely forgotten to write anything. Things have been full on. In the first two days at my new school my timetable changed three times and I moved rooms twice. I also found out that I would be teaching Geography … (I don’t even have a GCSE in Geography).

In the second week the police were called to my room to search the girls who had stolen my presenter clicker and the powerpoint remote.

I had some pretty bad classes and bad days. That being said, everyone has told me that this is the worst possible time to come into the school. Three weeks to the end. The kids are tired the staff are tired, I’m tired. Everyone just wants the summer holidays. The kids have had three or four or five members of staff this term so any consistency of behaviour is out the window. I’m getting used to new policies and procedures and a new school and new staff.

Everyone has told me that things will be much better in September when I have my own room. Everyone is rested and we’re all pulling together. The kids will know that I am their teacher. They will be my own books. I really hope things will be much different.

Anyway, I’m all finished for summer now. I’ve made it through. The last Friday I was off work as I graduated. I graduated in the morning and went and got our two new kittens in the afternoon! They’re gorgeous and called Myst and Riven.

My summer currently looks like socialising the kittens and stopping them tearing the house down (really they’re very good and already litter trained which is a bonus) and planning and preparing for next year.

I finally have my timetable (given to me on my last day of term) and it’s looking like I have two year 8 classes and two year 9 classes, full time and a year 10 class and a year 11 class, once a week. Plus I have 3 classes of drama once a week which I’m really pleased about. It’ll keep my hand in and I’ll get to experience other departments.

Our veg is also coming on really well. We grew a massive courgette which was a surprise as I thought they’d all died! I’ve already planned for next year and bought seeds so I’m excited to start afresh.

Surprise Courgette

I don’t think there’s anything left to report except perhaps that I’ve decided that this will be my last post. I’ve completed my PGCE journey which is what I set out to do and now I’m a professional, so I don’t think it’s right to blog about my experiences anymore. No doubt I will still be writing about it, just not in the public sphere. Thank you so much to those of you who’ve gone on this journey with me. To my friends and family who’ve supported me through this time which has undoubtedly been the most difficult yet and for those of you reading who’re thinking of going into teaching, I would say this to you. You must want it. You must have determination and resilience. There’s a reason that the drop out rate is so high – it’s really hard, but then you know that. What I will say is that none of it seems to matter when a kid knocks on your door to ask for your help with a word game he’s stuck on or the feeling you get when in your goodbye card they write ‘Adventure is out there!’ because you’ve taught them a topic on ‘Action Adventure’ or in creative writing when I kid beams at you to tell you he’s discovered a new word – ‘PONG!’ … and with that so ends this blog.

For the last time,

TTFN X

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Last week of uni and preparing for work!

Monday was great. It was strange and lovely to see everyone again. There were just over 20 of us and we started out with just under 40 of us …

Tuesday was raining and I wasn’t looking forward to carting my folders over to university in the rain but it was ok. The conference was kind of useful and my tutorial was a success. All signed off and only have to go in for Friday! Amazing.

Wednesday I wasn’t due in to uni so I had a little lie in, although Greg needed to go to work, and I had booked a haircut. So I got up, showered and went off. It feels so much better to have a fresh cut for work on Monday. I called my new school but information was not very forthcoming. I got quite a lot of admin stuff done and made a start on my massive pile of ironing!

Thursday was also a free day so I spent the majority of it baking lemon drizzle.

I finally heard from the school I’m starting at on Monday and learnt that I have 3 lessons to teach on Monday – two year 7, set 2 and 3 and one bottom set year 9. I’ll be teaching report writing and analysis of Lady Macbeth’s A4 S3 soliloquy (except there isn’t a Lady Macbeth soliloquy in that scene … she said the famous one so I’m assuming it’s Act 1, Scene 5. But who knows really. Apparently I also have a year 8 class who are studying poetry from other cultures and traditions but I don’t have them on Monday. It sounds like I might have my own classroom … but again not sure. She doesn’t think I have a form but she’s going to check and email me …

Friday I was in uni due in a conference all day. It was goodbye and yet I knew I would see everyone again in three weeks. It was a really strange experience but not I’m just focusing on getting myself prepared for work on Monday.

Over this weekend I’m going home to see my dad. I feel like I’ve not seen him for ages and really want to take the dogs for a walk and chill as much as possible and it’ll take my mind off things so that I’m not stressing too much.

I’ve decided to keep this blog running at least until the summer holidays so that those who’re interested can see what my experience of induction is like.

TTFN X

 

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Half Term – Three weeks to go.

Over the weekend we mainly just chilled out. I actually got quite a lot more done than I thought I would but really out of just wanting to do it rather than needing to get it done. I marked both the year 10 and year 8 assessments and organised myself for the coming week.

On Monday I really needed to get out of the house so Greg and I went for a spontaneous walk nearby and ended up having a lovely sandwich in a pub. It was really nice to spend time together and not worry about everything. I feel like I’m managing everything well at the moment.

I do keep feeling a bit ill but I know that’s just because I’m relaxing and ‘on holiday’ it happens every time – feeling woffy, sick and moments of exhaustion. I don’t normally nap during the day but I have been doing recently.

During Tuesday Greg was back at work so I took the opportunity to really get to grips with some things I needed to do. I went to town and took my contract items to be scanned. That all seemed to go fine. I cashed a cheque and went shopping. I got things that I’ve needed for a while and it was nice just to go on my own, spend as much time as I wanted in places without having to worry I’m inconveniencing others. I also got some marking done, the shopping was delivered and I did a whole load of ironing which was to be continued the following day.

Wednesday was a good day. I wasn’t sure what to do with myself and couldn’t really make a plan but anyway I managed to wash my car, dig a bed, do pleanty of assessment marking and catch the sun! It’s been a glorious day and hopefully tomorrow will be the same.

On Thursday my parents came to visit. I had a really good day. I got nice things in for lunch and made a shepherd’s pie for dinner. I was excited to show them how the garden’s progressing, the food we’re growing and my plans for it over the summer. I really wanted to sit out on our new garden furniture and to be able to offer them gin and tonics – like a real adult and we did. It was really nice. I also took them to our local garden centre and my mum and I had naughty cream teas. I had a lovely day.

Friday was a little rainier which was good as a) the garden needed it and b) I needed to sit inside and polish off my assessment marking which went fine. I also had a bash at getting through my campus pack and teachers’ standards evidence which went fine – just time consuming.

Over the weekend my brother was coming to visit which was nice and I hoped that sometime in during the weekend I’d be able to have a go at finishing off my to do list which only consisted of Campus Pack and PSHE admin. They were only type up jobs but they’re the kind of jobs that have been hanging around for ages and keep getting put on the back burner because they’re not that important but nevertheless they need to be done at some point over the next three weeks.

Now that my assignment will be done and handed in this weekend hopefully my weekends will be freeer so I might be able to get things done then.

In other news I got my supply teacher contract through so that’s all official and I should start work in four weeks!

I’m looking forward to going back to school tomorrow but I’m not looking forward to the get up time!

TTFN X

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Clematis Flowering 

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Finally! A proper post and half term.

Monday was a good day. I taught my lessons and all went well. There has been some problems with Thursday as there is year 11 intervention on which means my year 8s can’t do their assessments then so they will have to do them on Wednesday. But I think that’ll be ok.

Other than that I left early to go to uni for an external examiners forum that went well and everyone had good things to say about the course.

Tuesday was a hard day at work but I got lots done and organised once I got home (early) it’s been nice to sit out on the garden furniture and lesson plan in the sun and I’m excited to start my new schemes of work next term. It’ll be a fresh start for a couple of weeks before we finish.

Wednesday was spent putting the finishing touches to my lesson plan for my external examiner observed lesson and Thursday I had my external examiner’s visit. I spent the morning preparing and it went well. I got a 2+ and only missed out on a 1 by a hair’s breadth – I needed to demonstrate the learning that took place through ‘show what you know’ and getting pupils to read out their work. I’m kicking myself but there you are. Finally the rest of the day was spent recovering.

Friday was my light day as usual. It has been so hot over the last few days that I took my laptop on and sunglasses and sat outside with two of the other trainees doing my planning.

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This is how to plan at work!

It was a really nice relaxing day and the year 9s and I read chapter 2 of ‘Lord of the Flies’ in the sweltering heat. I managed to get all my printing done for the first week back too which is a good feeling knowing all that’s done and in the evening Greg and I went out to the pub for steak and wine which was lovely.

If I’m honest, I don’t really feel like I’m gagging for it this time around. I think I feel so at home in the department – they’re so lovely and supportive that I don’t want to leave

Over the weekend I intend to have rest and down time, then next week I want to catch up on all the jobs I have to do such as:

  • Proofreading my assignment
  • Marking three classes worth of summative assessments
  • Campus pack
  • PSHE qualification
  • Sort my contract for next year
  • Wash my car
  • The large pile of Ironing that has been accumulating
  • Work out
  • Do some gardening

I’ll be sure to keep you updated.

In other news we have more crops – this time spring onions.

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Spring Onions!

TTFN X

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Apologies once more.

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 …

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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 saladsIMG_20170512_163351_776

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.

TTFN x

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My birthday and preparing for the new term.

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.

TTFN X

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Getting around to some Grammar.

I can’t believe it’s been nearly three weeks since I last wrote!

What have I been up to? Well, the study/spare-room is finally finished and the sofa-bed is in. I’m so relieved and pleased with the result, right down to my  Attkinson Grimshaw on the wall. My brother came to stay for the weekend and he said it was really comfy and homely which makes me happy and it’s such a lovely room to work in too.

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Finally Finished!

Greg and I never got around to painting the hallway ceiling when I said we would but the banister is going in as I type! Greg is going to take some days off sometime over the next few weeks to get the hallway done and then the decoration of the house is finished too!

Since I last wrote, I also went back to Yorkshire to see my family and the animals for a bit and went to The Great Yorkshire Show which was fantastic!

I’ve also been keeping up with the gardening and we have produce! My tomato plant is fruiting, my herbs are herbing and are in need of thinning out now which I will hopefully do once the banister men are gone today. I have also been talked into having a vegetable patch and potentially chickens! I’m not confident that we’ll have anything this year but the metaphorical and literal seeds have been sewn and we’ll be working on making it a reality over the winter ready for spring next year.

This week however, since the banister men have been here I’ve taken the opportunity to finally get round to some grammar. Yesterday I finished two books and I’m hoping that today I’ll finish a third.

Controversial as it may sound I really didn’t find Lynne Truss’s ‘Eats, shoots and leaves’ very helpful. I found The Usborne Guide to Better English far more useful. Considering I was synthesising three books into my notes I found that The Usborne Guide was very comprehensive and far more clear than the other two. I know I’ll be keeping it around and potentially having it on my desk at school.

I plan to finish off my notes today and then next time I’ll highlight important parts and write them up onto flashcards to learn and be tested on.

I have also found some time to spend on myself reading, cooking and chilling with Greg. I’ve also really got back into meditating again recently and would really recommend you check out Headspace if you’re interested. I find it really helps me to let go of stresses and find some perspective for myself.

 

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