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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!

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!


January 10, 2011

Complimentary Reflection


One week into my stay at Perry Beeches, and I have to say, it is quite simply mint.

Guess the idea of the complimentary placement is to give you a broader scope of the education system, see how another school operates. Well there are notable differences from the start of the day to the end here compared to what I am used to. It is my opinion that the school is much more efficient and streamlined in many of its actions compared to my main placement school.

The start of the day for a student here requires them to bring their passport and show it on arrival. Failure to do this is sanctioned. The 'passport' is used interactively in all of the lessons; it provides a mini-whiteboard, even a ruler. Each subject has it's own page dedicated to the levels / grades they are working at and aiming for, along with ways to move up that next level academically.

I am really impressed with the B4L policy. At my other school, there is an old and a new system running alongside each other, and students are both confused and to be honest lack any respect or fear towards them. PB have a low-level policy (the yellow slip) and a major issue (the green sheet). Everything is recorded in the passport too, and the slips and sheets are posted in the staffroom at the most convenient time (via the head of department).

The day is structured differently, with registration at the beginning and end of the day, no registration taken formally in lessons, only 1 lesson after lunch. And they also have a mentality of scheduling meetings during timetabled hours, with just one meeting after school every fortnight or so. I can therefore be realistically at home by 4pm most nights if I want too.

It honestly just seems to work better. Not to say I do not love my main placement either. My mentors there are unbelievable, and I have made some excellent friends, as well as meeting some exceptional practitioners. The students are a great bunch too, and I miss my form groups a lot! I went back on Friday to conduct interviews with staff for my Masters assignment, and they were fantastic. I had a lot of conflicting views and ideas on implementing peer assessment, which ill invariably now mean my introduction to the topic will be 12000 words. I do not approve of this 5000 word limit!

I have taught my first two lessons today; a year 10 BTec class and a rather sprightly year 7 class. When filling in that form ascertaining targets for complimentary placement, I asked for more exposure to SEN students; well I got it. 80% of the year 10 class I taught today have a school action, school action + or statement in place, and there are 10 of 31 in a similar situation in my year 7's. I met my year 9 BTec group last week, and again there are SEN students within that class too. I now have exposure to EAL. Unfortunately my Polish is poor, so I need to prepare my resources well. Mixed ability sets I asked -> well how about a year 7 class with level 2c up to 7b students in......

I also achieved a huge ambition of mine today. I used Lego in a lesson. My Lego box was a nucleus, the instructions inside were the DNA, I was making bases using Blue and Yellow bricks (A & T), and Red and Green bricks (C & G), inter-twining shoelaces for my strands of the double helix..... it was fun, and the year 10s seem to really engage in it.

Basically it is ticking all the boxes I desperately need to achieve my standards. I was chuffed with how welcoming the students were in my two lessons this morning and their willingness to listen and learn. The attitude towards BTec at PB is refreshingly upbeat, with a string emphasis on teaching and letting them get on with it, rather than crowd control and gentle reminders of what students need to do.

All in all, I really impressed with my complimentary placement.

That is all I want to reflect really..... :-)

Hope you are all having a good experience too.

And oh my god, how good were Chelsea yesterday. playing with a smile on their faces, Care Free football. Love that. Little Josh McEachran is a class act, and the undoubted star when England win the 2014 World Cup!!!

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