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June 26, 2011

Living for the Weekend! Top tune Hard Fi

What a decent few days!

Friday was a quality day. Taught a couple of nice lessons, including a class I hadn't met before. A top set year 9, and it was my first experience of a top set at Myton. Pleasure! Courteous, intelligent, polite, inquisitive. Must be boring to teach that all the time. Year 12s are going nicely with the year 13 stuff I am teaching them (medical imaging), and overall a good day. I was also one of 5 members of staff in the science department (out of more than 20) to work a 5 day working week. Still yet to have a day off for anything other than GTP commitments which I had to have off. Illness yet to strike!

I did leave my phone in the classroom I taught in the final lesson Friday, which was discovered by another teacher. She then rang a few people to let them know I didn't have my phone, including wifey. Wifey was a little perturbed a woman was speaking on my phone to her! :-)

Year 11 prom was class, and it was a really good night all round despite the weather. And string in the beef! Will possibly be the last time I see a lot of my form ever again, which is a little sad, and I guess it is something I will have to get used to as students come and go. but 11M and 11Y will always be my first form groups, and I only have fond memories!

And from the prom and getting in at 2am, to a majestic performance on the golf course yesterday at Brocton Hall. Must win match for North Warwickshire GC in the West Mids scratch league, and we pulled it off 4.5-3.5, and I am not going to lie, I played pretty mint. And I love that!

Learnin walks from Leadership Team start in science this week, any lesson, any time, so busy writing lesson plans to make myself look organised! 2 of my three lessons tomorrow are controlled assessments (in a way), so not a lot I can do really.

4 weeks left, and that'll be year 1 done.


June 02, 2011

Nope, I did make a great decision

As a yes man, I have found myself running a couple of holiday revision days. Today was a year 11 triple science group in to do some high end Physics. It was good for me, as i managed to introduce, snooker, golf, cricket and Lego into my demonstrations. I would like to thank, in no particular order; Momentum, Projectiles, Relative Motion and Collisions for being topics conducive to showcasing my hobbies. I particularly enjoyed the video I made re-en acting my wedding. Awesome.

Anyway, had a really great day, and I hope it will help out the students who attended today. Was good to see those who were in my tutor groups. I have missed them lots since last Friday's final day!! Have AS level tomorrow for the day, looking at electronics in particular..... wowser.

In other news, had masters feedback this week. Main issues seem to involve my literature review, and how it could have been extended. Truth be told, I would have loved to followed the ideas that were mentioned, but 5000 words was too short a word limit to achieve everything.

Also played two golf matches this week in my club's knockouts. Won both the games, and you'll find me in the last 16 of the handicapped singles knockout, and today got through to the semi final of the scratch knockout. Played awesome and I am starting to feel like I'm getting back on it, and I am enjoying it.

Only 5 days til my final assessment, and 3 of those I'll be away at my bro's stag do. Tuesday is going to sting!

Stevo x


May 28, 2011

Or did I?

Perhaps I didn't....

First day of my 'holiday' and I have spent it driving various people to the airport, including the wife, and I am now stuck at home doing work, feeling sorry for myself because my golf game is disintegrating before my eyes, I am left with the possibility of watching the two teams I really dislike in football play a Champions League final Super Frank and JT were destined to win (until we bought Fernando).

Just bear it in mind potential GTP'ers. If you are golfer, practise opportunities go out of the window. And even when you have time, you do not have the energy!

Haha, anyway, have a good half term one and all.

Stevo!


May 14, 2011

The Ups and Downs of the GTP week….

Well, bit of a weird week.

Chelsea failed to turn up at Old Trafford, which put me in a shocking mood at school! I hate all these Man U supporting students! I can't wait for the inner city Birmingham setting next year, full of Blue Noses and Villains.

The week has been very interesting at school within the department, and I really cannot say why in such a public domain. Anyway, my timetable has been changed and I am doing a shed load of year 12 and 13 Physics now (though there is only 2 weeks of year 13 teaching left), and I really love it. Working with moderately intelligent students and better, a fair bit of commitment, and teaching some proper Physics. Big fan. With exam season now in swing, a lot of my classes are into revision mode. Designing lessons to enhance and optimise revision is quite interesting; I am going towards the 'market place' idea, with lots of mini-activities, keeping the students active and engaged. Working ok. With my love for the year 11s as a form tutor in the year group, I have been a big supporter of the science departments revision sessions after school for them. Think I am down for 7 over the coming weeks, with a couple of days at half term in school too. Thing is, I really want to do it. I adore my two form groups and if I can help them and their friends in anyway I am willing to try!

Last week saw me make my debut for the staff cricket team outdoors. After a very promising indoor season (league winners, with me wielding the bat with great success) I was installed at number 3 in the order - Golden Duck! Whoops. I did bowl at the death in a losing situation, and all in all a bad experience. This week's game came along on Tuesday vs Warwickshire County Council Education Dept, the tension in the air was electric with the news Myton was moving to Academy status in the previous days really adding extra needle. I was demoted to number 7 in the order, making a quick fire 1 before being given out lbw for a ball which nearly hit my box. Joke decision! Anyway, our total of 102 was passable as a target.

I was chucked the ball with 7overs left, and the opposition needing 32 to win with 8 wickets left. I bowled through, including the final over, taking 3-16 off my 4 overs and running out a batsman off the final ball who needed a four to win. instead he played a straight (and very firm) drive into my right ankle. The rest they say is history. So a win outdoors, and the next day I felt like I really belonged within the school. As a scientist, we very much stay in Science and rarely interact with other teachers. However, I got two high fives off assistant heads on Wednesday! Boom.

Thursday I went to KESH in Birmingham, the school I have a job at next year, for an AS INSET training day which i arranged to attend. It was awesome actually, and have some quality ideas and resources. I wish I had thought of this stuff earlier in the year, but I will now be ready for next year!

I had standards Q10-21 assessed by Gill on Friday at 8.30am (Alison, you owe me!) and it was a really positive meeting. I do miss our Uni sessions on a Friday actually, and am looking forward now to Thursday for the call back day. The meeting was good, and we seemed to discuss Q10 for most of it, and babies..... Staff football on Friday night, and I scored the winning goal. For the opposition I should add, unavoidable own goal.

Golf today was truly abysmal, and I am considering just chucking my clubs away. It is embarrassing how bad I have got at golf, and it is making me sad!

Hate United. Impressed by Blackpool

Just want to say congrats to my friend Lucy for winning the English Amateur golf title today. Quality!


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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