April 10, 2011

As one Masters ends, the more important Masters begins

Time to reflect.....

Pretty productive week I guess, and now there is light shining at the end of that proverbial tunnel.

Masters has been submitted, Q1-9 assessment all gravy, rather encouraging AP2, and Professional mentor at school and from Uni observed me this week and both were complimentary.

Quality week! Though I did have a bit of a stinking Tuesday. Kids were a nutty, giving a few detentions out, my lessons weren't great, just generally a bit poor all round from me and the students.

Wednesday - Curriculum Freeze Day. I was brought in as a tactical substitute to entertain year 7's on Global Citizenship. So for 1 day only I became a PSHE/RE teacher, teaching the same lesson 5 times in one day to 5 sets of crazy kids. The weather was glorious, and we were in a hut. SOOOOO HOT! I enjoyed it, and as I based it upon the Olympic games, basically I was chatting about sport all day. Feedback from the students to myself and also the senior person in charge for my lesson has been really good.

On Thursday, I used raffle tickets in a lesson for the first time. I had my usually lovely year 9's who on Tuesday were a bit pants. Well some of them were a bit pants, most were great as per usual.

Anyway, I made the lesson very much student led, lots of research tasks on renewable energies set up etc, and as and when somebody answered a question, asked a good question, demonstrated hard work or I overheard them talking about their work in a positive way, I handed out a raffle ticket. After 30 minutes, the students enquired what they were for.... I mentioned 3 Easter eggs are up for grabs and I've never seen such a committed bunch of students all year! The draw is tomorrow in period 1, Creme Egg, Caramel and Smarties egg up for grabs. Hopefully it won't lead to a mass brawl!

Have a good week one and all, I'm about to spend the next 6 hours watching golf. I played golf yesterday by the way, 1 under par 70, the swing is back!! I love golf, I love the Sunshine, I love teaching :-)


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