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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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The First (short) Week Back.

On Monday I woke up and got lots of housework done. I’d taken down the tree and all the decorations the previous day. I don’t much like having them up after New Year and take them down as soon as possible. I also got some assignment and job application done.

Over the next week I planned to work on lessons during the day, during my free periods and work on my assignment in the evenings and weekend. I’d also found a job to apply for which was nearly done – it just needed cutting down.

Tuesday was quite a relaxed day as I had two free periods and a meeting – so only two lessons to observe, nevertheless I felt anxious. I used the time to print what I had to do and go over my two lessons for the next day. I also planned what I was going to do when in my free periods.

After school in my meeting my timetable was edited to give me some more free time which has made me feel a little bit better. I’m closer to teaching 50% now than I thought.

During Wednesday I was due to deliver two lessons but the drama teacher was ill and had set written cover work so I actually had quite a lot of time to do planning. I delivered a year 10 lesson which went fairly well and progressed a lot with my work. I have had an awful lot of email to attend to and admin to do which means I finished late but I felt less anxious afterwards and hope I can stay afloat till the evening.

On Thursday, like Wednesday, I delivered two lessons. I actually really enjoyed them and anxiety was kept to a minimum. I also felt like people at school responded to me better. A good day.

On Friday I was back at uni, which was nice. We had a conference on assessment which could have been really dull but we had some excellent speakers. I also managed to get a bit of lesson planning done.

Over the weekend I intend to work on my assignment for the most part and get my job application sent off.

TTFN

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