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June 18, 2012

Light. Tunnel. End of.


December 08, 2011

IAA really monotonous 2 weeks.

Internal Assessment Activities are the bain of my life. Now there is many a positive of having a subject specialism which is in short supply and high demand. Coursework is not one of them.

Having been earmarked to run all Physics internal courseworks at my school for years 10 and 11 who are doing GCSE, there was a murmuring from some senior people that that was unfair. So instead of doing it continuously with all 6 GCSE groups, it is now down to 5.

There has been an IAA rota in place for 2 weeks now, and I feel like that is all I have done. One thing I can say, I am getting much better and efficient at delivering the lessons, doing the practical, making the mock exam time beneficial so they are well prepared for the real exam they take at the end of the 4 hours I have with them. But it has been hard work. It has been pretty rough in that I am consistently setting cover work each day, and I won't have seen my year 12s for 3 and a half weeks...

And then there'll be about 135 exams to mark over Christmas. Which means I have to mark 7.1 papers a day to have them done for next term.

I best be on Santa's nice list!

In other news, had my second observation last week. Got a 'Good' with lots of outstanding on there, though progress was only 'good' so that was the best I could do. What I discovered on my GTP last year was one persons opinion did not necessarily replicate in the next observer. This is still true now. Acting on feedback from my first observation, it seems I went 'too far' with the challenge aspect of the lesson. Anyway, I was happy with it which I guess is the important thing.

I have also decided over the last couple of weeks I will start an MA in Educational Innovation, and make sure those 30 CATS completed last year during the GTP doesn't go to waste. The workload for the NQT year I am finding absolutely fine so far. This is solely down to the GTP last year and the endless lesson plans that I wrote.

I am lucky that my school are willing to pay for the fees, so I really should take advantage of their generosity, and I thank them here in this most public of forums for it!! Course does look good from the limited information available, and I love the idea of giving it a science specialism. Hopefully it would have a massive impact on my teaching practise, and my aspiration to one day reach the dizzy heights of an AST.

Enjoy the end of term, my year 7 form Christmas party is going to be awesome!

Steve x


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


March 07, 2011

Here's another Monday morning call….

Blog time....

Beautiful morning, a journey to school with Blink 182 screaming out of my stereo, a nice little Monday in prospect. Couple of year 13 sessions and I return to teach a year 10 class I last taught before Chrimbo. It is Physics so I am happy with that.

Not a lot going on to be contentious about on my blog. My timetable is nearly (finally) finalised, and I've managed to keep all my classes and just awaiting confirmation of my new ones. Staffing changes have been a real issue this year at school, but it has encouraged us GTPs here (that's me and Shuna) to be adaptable and roll with the punches.

Guess like most, the looming Masters deadline is starting to become more apparent. I know exactly what I need to do which I guess is the main thing. Peer Assessment: Not to Shabby (PANTS) will be a good read if nothing else, and its style may be a little left field. I hope it will be appreciated and not destroyed when marked. I am not very good at sticking to guidelines, and like to 'take risks', which is apparently the mark of an outstanding trainee....

Have received some exceptional support from my mentor in the last week. She has been awesome.

That is all I would like to reflect upon.

Many thanks, Dr Steve


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