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October 24, 2011

Bit of 1st term NQT reflection

Well well well.

Really interesting 4 weeks since the birth of my daughter (who is exceedingly awesome).

My two weeks paternity got cut short due to a cheeky Ofsted visit. My being there would have made it a lot easier for the school in terms of cover and enabling the very helpful SLTs who were covering my GCSE classes in particular, so I volunteered. Good Samaritan me.

It was a funny experience. Lots of stress, the pressure to write lesson plans for every lesson seemed to be unbearable to some. Coming straight out of the GTP year however, it was honestly water of a ducks back. Lesson plan writing was as standard for the majority of lessons, and the threat of being observed isn't too bad given as a GTP I was observed once or twice a week formally and informally every lesson pretty much. Only two science teachers were observed in the end, and me in my caravan were spared any judgement. Still, I now have a real idea what the inspection process is like.

During paternity, I popped into my local subway for a bit of breakfast (on my birthday infact), and caught 4 students I teach truanting. What is great is I reported it, and the parents have really got involved and acted upon it. The students also know they did wrong, and have taken the punishments they received in the right way. Guess it is showing my school has developed good relationships with parents, who trust them, and also have the relevant communication channels in place to sort out these problems.

On returning, I found out I had been teaching 2 of my GCSE classes the wrong module, having been misinformed at the start of the year. A tad infuriating, but we have made really good progress in preparation for their exam resits in November. I have a revision day during half term with them, so hopefully they'll be performing awesomely come Nov 8th and 15th.

For those on the GTP, I admit I had my doubts when I took a job elsewhere to where I trained, I guess familiarity would have been a comfort over the summer months. But I am finding it so good being somewhere else which is a total contrast to my training school. I am still learning each day, and having to adapt things I have done previously to suit the new classes I teach.

Chris Foy. Useless. Again Chelsea were robbed yesterday. Stellar display by the 9 men. QPR disgust me. Always have. I did once see Dennis Wise score a worldy there in 1992. Overhead spectacular.

Have a good half term!


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