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May 06, 2012

Master and Commander

Two weeks in, and Head of Physics role is going ok. I am now called Bunny at work. If you can work out why, I'll give you a prize.

No major changes really in my working life so far, just the odd extra meeting to discuss data of year 10 and 11 students in particular as we approach the majorly busy time of the year. Morale is not so good in science with a redundancy having to be enforced within our department. It is sad, but a reflection of how difficult it is to run a school I guess in these current economic and competitive times. I am still considering what my first major decision will be to leave my mark on Physics. Lego robotics is on the way; I cannot wait for it to arrive! Anything I can do to get Lego into lessons, I will. And at some point, I ought to focus on passing the NQT year too.

My MA in educational innovation has been a tad crazy so far. Issues with assessment module has unfortunately gone a little off track with the resignation of the course leader. Lectures have been cancelled, deadlines extended, and generally a lack of communication brought it to farcical levels. However, the ship is steadied and things have been sorted.

The last lecture that was run was based on e-assessment methods. It was a really interesting topic, and a lot of my personal views were shared by the course leader that day. I am a big advocate of mobile phones being wonderful tools to have in lessons. As a science teacher, the majority of students have access in their blazer pocket to a scientific calculator, a stopwatch during experiments, video / camera facilities and internet search engines. I am looking at developing the use of mobile phones in lessons for my essay hopefully, and if I can find the correct formula to aid formative assessment during lessons, then it will benefit my teaching no end.

Have spent a good chunk of thos evening reading through the FRM module notes. It is a really interesting topic, though currently, I cannot decide what I want to research for my assignment. I have plenty of ideas I guess, but nothing jumps out as something I really want to do. My GTP action research was based on peer assessment, so I guess I'll avoid that!

Anyway, got loads to do, hope you're all good!

Come on the Chels! Freshwater, your boys took a beating on Saturday.


February 10, 2012

Masters Blogging

To the current GTPs and last years cohort, I have begun the MA journey. The first session was a couple of weeks back, with contact day number 2 tomorrow.

With the courses on offer that are eligible for an Educational Innovation MA, I think the Issues in Assessment will provide me with the best opportunity to improve my practise, and also to develop a much deeper understanding of how education works from all perceivable view points.

I am looking forward to tomorrow. I have a number of current 'Issues with Assessment' within my current job, concerning my own personal use of summative assessment data, and also my department's. How much students should know etc etc.

I am aware a case study is required for tomorrow, though I am not so sure where this should be pitched, but guess I'll roll with the punches as always.

In other news, had another observation this week. It went well, and am finidng hard to comprehend I am already half my through my induction year as an NQT. Half term is busy, revision day on Wednesday all day with year 11. Also, the Head of Physics job has just come up at my school. Now do I apply or not?

Anyways, MA people, look forward to seeing you tomorrow, might even get there on time and actually meet some of you properly. To all others, happy half term.

Steve


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