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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*

2006
11/13

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Observed, moi?

I survived! Yay!

Actually, it all went rather well, in the end. The lesson itself was much smoother than last week and in other areas my work seems to be okay, too.

My link tutor was, I think, rather impressed with the lesson content (she actually said she’d normally have tackled that sort of thing with Y6 pupils) and noted that I’d successfully explained the objectives and had challenged the higher ability children as well as keeping the others engaged… and also complemented me on my burgeoning class management skills (sink or swim does work as a learning strategy, y’see).

All of my notes and files are okay, although I need to start evaluating/reflecting on my own lessons (something I’ve been doing orally with my class teacher and mentor, but needs to be written in some form) and collecting the various bits of evidence that I’ve actually done all that I’m supposed to (which apparently consists of me getting staff to outline and sign bits of paper).

So I’m pretty happy, all in all 🙂

2006
11/10

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Late night nerves

So here I am, the night before my first formal observation (by my link tutor) watching Grey’s Anatomy (the episode with the unexploded bomb) and I’m starting to feel a little apprehensive about it all.

Ave caesar, morituri te salutant… in other words, wish me luck.

Bad end to a good week

Oh my… what a mess!

This last week I’ve been really diving into taking an active role in the numeracy lessons – I had to plan this week which I did, the week before half term. It was supposed to be a few days of co-ordinates, followed by the start of a sequence of lessons on, um, sequences. However, in the grand tradition of all best laid plans (see what I did, there?) it had to be amended on the fly. Between by MB (my class teacher) being impressed with how much the children were enjoying the main activity on Monday and then being in college on Wednesday the whole week ended up on co-ordinates (leaving me with only three days to plan for this week… which was nice).

Wednesday was… interesting… too. Seems the game is most definitely afoot now, with a great number of fellow students starting to come under varying levels of pressure. Some personal (a big blog shout out to Darren whose girlfriend has been rather unwell), some professional (again, a big blog shout of encouragement to Helen, who had a nightmare of a link tutor visit) but above all, mostly just stressful. Plus, between Darren and myself, I worked myself up into a “bit of a twizz” about my own upcoming link tutor visit (which between us we managed to bring forward by a week). And so I came back to school, still panicked, and it took me until lunch time to realise why I was feeling so jittery and get over myself.

The maths (I think we can call it maths again, as I’ve just noticed that the newly launched “Primary Framework” talks about literacy and mathematics) went well – very well, actually. My interactive whiteboard (henceforth, IWB) battleships was very well received, the use of the scale map of the acropolis that we’ve been using (note the cross-curricular links to the history topic) was suprisingly successful and the tangrams were rather fun (only one pupil managing to actually solve a tangram before we gave them the solutions so that they could do the actual co-ordinates work).

ICT on the other hand… eep! There I was… I’d been through the actual introduction, showing the children how to use the drawing package (OpenOffice.org Draw, actually, given that it’s free) and then got them seated where we wanted (for the differentiation, don’t y’know) and got to the first, brief, point of the main activity – get the children to copy the relevant file from the network into their local folder ready to start work editing… and… then the lesson ended. Yup. Th-th-th-that’s all folks. So, just to spell it out, I spent about 30 minutes trying to coach 29 children into copying a file from a shared folder on the network. Aargh!

On the bright side, I have a perfectly good lesson plan for this next ICT lesson; which, given that I’m being observed, can only be a good thing.

*sigh*

2006
10/24

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Half time *ahem* term

So here I am, on half term. For a break, I’m moonlighting back at my old company for the week (albeit on short days) to help with the luxuries in life, like paying bills 😉

It’s been a fantastic start, all things considered; my class teacher is giving all the support I could wish for, my mentor (the school head, as it happens) is similarly positive and helpful. I’ve been observed leading numeracy “mental starters” (which, for those who don’t know are the first 5-10 minutes of any numeracy lesson these days) and I’m comfortably leading lessons (I was going to put “confidently” there, but I don’t want to stretch your credulity too far).

That’s ahead of my expectations for the first half-term. Still, there’s a looooong way to go from here – thankfully I’m really enjoying the ride.