March 27, 2011

Angle of Reflection

Howdy

Had a pretty crazy week. Very busy, two full days in there somewhere, two observations, a glorious week of weather which seems to equal students becoming nut-cases..... then my year 11 form groups have been split up into ability groups for the remainder of the year (ridiculous in my opinion, but I'll be glad if proven wrong)....

Well if I reflect on the start of the week. Decent enough Monday. Observed some year 13 stuff, and had a pretty neat lesson with my year 10s. I am having to become pretty innovative to cram in so much content into such a short time. I will have to give them A LOT of homework over Easter. Had 4 lessons Tuesday, and I was pretty pleased with them too. My BTec class again were impeccable, and I feel this is one of my biggest achievements to date in terms of building a relationship with a class. the class is littered with apparent 'trouble', but they are truly splendid. I will miss them next year! Then Wednesday came. My 1st lesson was potentially awesome, but the class arrived late, the projector failed, and my demonstrations didn't work so well.... awesome! I was observing my year 7 class who are still being taught by another teacher during this time, and it was pretty shocking. Not the teaching, but the behaviour of some. My year 8 class was possibly the worst lesson I've experienced so far all year, with one student being particularly vulgar towards another and to be honest it just made me pretty sad about the whole thing. My lunch was spent sorting that out, contacting the relevant people etc. No rest for the wicked however, with two further lessons to go.

My period 5 lesson, I tried something different and it worked a dream. Just started a topic on electricity generation. I made a poster, stuck three copies of it outside the classroom. Got them into groups of 3, and I randomly called 1, 2 or 3, and that person would go outside, look at the poster and transfer as much info onto an A3 sheet as they could, with the idea they replicate the poster I had made. The class got very competitive (drawings on hand, photos on phones....) but it was done in really good spirit and they did some exceptional work. It cheered me up :-)

Thursday was another 5 lesson day. Year 9 again and some consolidation of the poster work. Year 12 followed by year 13 (first time I had taught that class and it went really well), a lesson with my 3rd year 10 class talking about my life story pretty much given my familiarisation with ultrasound, x-rays and gamma rays, followed by my BTec class again. Tiring, but really happy day. Was observed that day with the year 9's, and feedback was pretty good. Need to work on the relevance of my plenaries. Friday was a quieter day, just two lessons with my year 12 monkeys and my year 10 double set, and overall pretty good. Was observed by senior leadership teaching the year 12 class (my first post 16 observation - something I needed to sort out too (tick)) and feedback was positive. Good old potential dividers.

Then Friday night, went to the school production of Treasure Island. 6 of my form were in it, and I was very proud, and topped off a good end to the week after a wobbly middle!

So the weekend.... loads of lessons to prepare for.... Folders to get ready for my Q1-9 assessment this week, a Masters to write, more lessons to prep for.... 2 subject knowledge enhancements courses to attend this week too. When time is short, the one thing you don't need is the clocks going forw... What do you mean they are going forward by an hour in 25 minutes time? That really sucks!

Big hand to the England cricket team who produced their most comprehensive peformance of the world cup today. I also want to give a big hand to Fabio Capello for choosing the right captain, and hopefully he notices that England are a much better team without Barry and Gerrard in there. Better balance, better footballers.

Come on the Chels!


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