On Monday I had three lessons, two of which I was really looking forward to however two went spectacularly wrong and I had to abandon the lesson. Feeling deflated however every day’s a fresh start. Just 14 days left.
I can’t believe I only have two weeks left on placement now. All the goodbye and thank you gifts have been bought
Tuesday was another tough day. The kids didn’t want to be there and are ready for summer and if I’m honest so am I – I’m tired and I don’t want to take my foot off the gas but I’m finding it hard to dredge up my reserves.
I lost my temper with year 8 and was pleased with how I shouted at them. It’s been a long time coming. I’m disheartened though because tomorrow it won’t matter to them and they’ll be just as bad.
Year 10 was a better lesson because I team taught with John and while the lesson was better and the kids were better behaved it felt like a kick in the teeth because it just shows they can do it and the problem is me. Everyone keeps praising me for doing the right thing but I don’t feel like I am. My confidence has taken a knock. I hope tomorrow is better.
Wednesday was a better day. Just two classes that went well and got lots of planning done so pleased with that.
Thursday was a better day again. P1 year 10 worked really hard and John and I managed them p4. The rest of my classes were good and just one more to do tomorrow.
Friday was good. Just one lesson which went fine and got all my planning done.
Over the weekend my brother was coming again on Friday and we had a few people round to play cards and then at the weekend I just want to crack on with some more work. It all went swimmingly and I got my EOP done plus all my marking on Saturday which left Sunday free for some chilling, proofreading and perhaps some PSHE work.
In other news … look at these Turnips!
Look at them Turnips!
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.
So, the first week back to uni and the second to last before I finish for my NQT period … that is a scary thought!
On Monday I went into uni during the morning. We handed in our reports from placement 1 and I had a meeting with my course leader to discuss some questions I had about re-submissions of assignments. I then went for a coffee with my friend Heather which was lovely and came home and had quite a productive day. I got lots done including a job application! Hopefully I’ll be sending that off before the end of the week.
On Tuesday I had my third tutorial with my course leader which went really well. I went for another coffee with Heather and we spent a couple of hours putting the world to rights. In the afternoon I worked on my re-submissions with varying success. Sometimes I was really productive, others I wasn’t. I hoped that I’d have more success on Wednesday.
Wednesday was a day off from uni so I had a fairly productive day. I got lots of jobs done around the house ready for my friend to come for tea and cake after uni tomorrow. I also got a bit of applying for jobs done and some work on my assignment.
The best bit of the day was hearing back from my second placement school with arrangements for the first day, what I needed to do, bring and prepare before going. So I got that done too.
Thursday I was back in uni for the launch of our research assignment – it made me panic a bit and I’m not sure why. Perhaps it’s because I’ve got 2 re-submissions, 4 job applications and a research assignment on the go … After uni Heather and Becky came round for tea and cake which was nice. I did a bit of work but was too anxious to make much headway so I didn’t make as much progress as I’d have liked. Hopefully, as we’re only in two days, next week I’ll get a lot done.
On Friday we were again in uni for the full day the morning lecture left a lot to be desired but the afternoon ones were great as usual. I have a lot of work to do but I’m really tired. Hopefully by the end of the weekend I’ll have applied for 1/4 of the jobs I have on the go and be a bit more organised with what I’m doing. Next week I’m only in 2/5 days so hopefully I’ll get more done then too.
Over the weekend my Mum and Step-Dad are coming to visit and we’re going out to the pub for a meal which will be really nice.
I hope you’re all having a lovely, productive week and that you have a restful weekend too.
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 – nothing spectacular. I enjoyed marking and didn’t get round to applying for a job I wanted.
Tuesday was stressful. I had a drs appointment so that made me late to start work when I got home and I had two extra lessons to plan for that I hadn’t anticipated for the next day … I hate it when work sneaks up on me like that.
Wednesday was a good day I managed to get all my lesson planning done and some of the application form. I could have cracked on but I really want to start it fresh if I can. I decided to do it this weekend instead.
On Thursday I taught my three lessons back to back again but in the evening I got quite a lot done, even if I was too tired to work on my application again!
On Friday we had a session on ‘the best lesson I’ve taught so far’ I did mine about my year 7 apostrophe lesson and it was quite nice. In the evening we had Chinese and I fell asleep.
Over the weekend I finished my application for a job (finally) and have sent it off for proofreading. I also managed to get this weeks planning done more or less which leaves me with an afternoon free to catch up on ironing, the food shop and all that other delightful stuff.
I promise that more exciting things are coming up for instance I’m hoping I might get an interview soon, I should find out where my next placement is going to be (just waiting on confirmation) and the results of some of my assignments. Thank you for bearing with me while I tread water for a while.
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