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Roll on half term [Oct. 14th, 2006|05:20 pm]
[mood |exhaustedexhausted]

I can't believe I've actually nearly completed a whole half term at school, I feel like it's been a life time!
It's really hard to explain how hard it's been - there have been many tears and frustrations and I'm sure there are many to come. However I have got to the poiunt where I have actually had some good lessons! I have actually been able to teach a couple of times instead of just managing behaviour every lesson. Below is a summery of the past few weeks:
I have made 2 children cry
Given 20 detentions
given about 40 monitering slips
marked about 200 books
planned 120 lessons
cried every week for 6 weeks
had 1 oberservation
Got up at 6.30am for 30 days
had about 5 good days
done 1 parents evening and 1 open evening.

Hopefully things can only get better?

On monday i have to teach year 7 about the battle of hastings - I know nothing about this> could be interesting....

From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-18 06:13 pm (UTC)
it was in 1066. I'm from near Hastings.... there you go!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-18 06:14 pm (UTC)
That was me, pippa, sorry.
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[User Picture]From: gangsteral
2006-10-24 04:09 pm (UTC)
Well done Pippa it was 1066. But did you know that the Battle of Stamford Bridge took place just before and was vital in influencing the outcome of the Battle of Hastings? or even why the battle took place?
I didn't but now I do - such is the joy of learning!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-10-18 11:16 pm (UTC)
Hi Alix,

I don't know you but I know Pippa. Keep on going with the teaching, however hard it seems. Keep your discipline firm,if someone crosses the line that you have drawn punish them and be consistent, do it every time so that your classes start to get the idea. If they don't come to your detention, go after them. Find out which class they are in at the end of school and eiher go and take them out of the class and give them a verbal reminder or, if you are teaching or busy, send a slip to the teacher of the class to remind them they are in a detention with you. Ensure that your, I hate the phrase, line managers, Heads of Department and Heads of Year, are supporting you in regards to discipline!!! and don't be afraid of making children cry! Most importantly don't feel that you are in anyway a failure as a teacher. Every teacher goes through it, feeling that life surely can't get worse than this and then you look at your timetable and think why does my worst class have to be today!
The pressure on teachers is immense today and from reading what ou have written you sound like you are actually doing well even if you don't think you are. I don't know if this helps. Hope it does. Ali
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[User Picture]From: gangsteral
2006-10-24 04:07 pm (UTC)
Hi Ali
Thanks so much for your advice and encouragement. I'm really lucky as my HOD is ace and really supportive. Your advice is spot on and I'm reallly trying to do all those things, just keep slogging away and see what happens!
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