Monthly Archives: March 2008

2008
03/12

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“They said thank you!” *chop*chop*busy*busy*

How often do you get told you are “very good”? As an adult, probably not that often. But today I was observed by my head teacher and that was the outcome… which doesn’t necessarily sound inspiring, but she was assessing against OFSTED criteria and the only criterion higher is to be “outstanding” (so yes, that’s what I’ll be aiming for next time, those of you keeping score).

I should point out that this was a particularly stressful (and important) observation – the head had observed me last term (before Christmas) and had said that although it wasn’t bad it wasn’t what she would have expected, so she wouldn’t enter that one as the official assessment and I should consider it a “dry run” in readiness for a further one. Hence the further observation this term.

You can imagine my joy.

Having said that, even before today’s observation she had expressed her level of confidence in my teaching by offering me a contract for a further year next year. And while I accept that that should’ve helped me, I was still terrified this morning. Once in the lesson, most of the worries disappeared (as you would hope) and I knew I was going to be okay when she left only half-way through the lesson (if she’s still there at the end, panic!) with a cheery wave.

So now my target is to further challenge the higher achievers in the class, to motivate and inspire them and teach them things above and beyond the primary curriculum (sounds rather fun, actually) with a view to them then leading one lesson per week (or so – maybe a fortnight). Then, once I’ve got that licked, I get to extend that to a weekly club for the whole of KS2 higher achievers.

*Yay, me*

2008
03/01

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Result!

Bit of a result, at least – I’ve been offered another year’s contract at my school.

I am, needless to say, chuffed to bits – it’s quite a validation, really, especially considering how far I think I’ve come since the start of the year. There was a sticky patch in the first term, my initial observation wasn’t brilliant and I had warning shots across the bows about the classroom – but I was assured that I have now more than proved my worth in the school and the head was delighted to be able to offer me a contract for a further year (there was a permanent post going, and there was talk of how to decide between us – the head wasn’t wanting to do a further interview as they felt they’d be going in with pre-conceived notions – so the P&P committee eventually decided that it would go to the one that had scored higher on the original interviews, which wasn’t me). Things should be even more interesting next year as I will be the ICT co-ordinator, too (no surprise, huh?).

I’m especially pleased as it’s still quite a tricky class (albeit now slightly reduced in number) and yet I feel I’m on top of the whole situation now – the class looks excellent (for which I thank my TA) and we have our routines all in place to try and keep them suitably occupied so as to distract them from any mischief. This was particularly drawn to my attention as on Thursday I had a course for the day (year 3/4 mathematics and how to make it fun at “The Village” in Chilwell, which was fabulous, inspiring and fun) and they had a supply teacher in instead. I got back yesterday to find out that, although they’d been okay in the morning with my TA there, in the afternoon they’d been a complete nightmare for PE; football chants (that the head had to go in and settle down) and then children climbing the walls (literally – up the frames in the hall) and balancing on stacks of chairs. The head did point out that she wouldn’t be looking to have that particular teacher back on supply 🙂

But yes, I am gainfully employed next year again – still in Y4 (so with this year’s Y3) with the same TA (because we’re apparently making a great team). Yee-flippin’-ha!