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February 26, 2011

Half Term break…..

I have managed to go 12 days without a blog entry. Boom!

being back at school for a week was quite cool. Got a few warm welcomes from the classes I taught, but unfortunately I might be losing most of them again as staffing changes is meaning my timetable will invariably change too. It seems I have made a half decent impression though, as it looks like I'll be getting more 'importnat' classes in year 10 and 11, who will have exams coming up over the remainder of the year. It is one thing teaching year 8's, but how I teach from now can have a very significant impact on quite a few lives and futures.

I have spent most of half term painting the house. Though it has been a lot of work, I have managed to create some epic videos ready for my lesson on Monday on Paint and Pigments..... I have managed to get one round of golf in, but generally it has been DIYing. Not sure the wife realises half term does not necessarily = make Steve do lots of house stuff! I have managed to get all my lessons ready that I know I am teaching for the coming week, and spenta little bit of time on my Masters too. I have also gone and bought a hole punch, and finally got my evidence folders up to scratch. I have decided not to go for Q1, Q2, Q3 etc, with loads of cross referencing, but make discrete categories in the folders. So I have a section of lesson obs, lesson evaluations, mentor meetings, INSET days, core work, essays, subject enhancement etc.... I have then made a spreadsheet documenting each bit of evidence, and listed what standards each one can provide evidence towards. This means for Q1 for example, I can go to folder 1, mentor meeting 24/9/10 etc. It seems to work nicely, as long as everything is labelled clearly, and put in date order!

Hope everyone else is having a good holibob!


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