All entries for September 2010
September 30, 2010
A bit early in the year to be meeting parents already, but thankfully I survived 'Year 7 at Home' evening which, despite the rather misleading title, was a chance for parents of new year 7 pupils to come into school and "put names to faces". Lots of enthusiastic hand-shaking later, and reassuring parents that in the three weeks I've known their little darlings they seem to be settling in and really aren't doomed to fail, all was over and I could breathe a sigh of relief.
Also conducted my first year 7 assessment today and hauled home a full bag of assessment booklets for some exciting weekend marking. At least we're moving on to poetry next week and I'm looking forward to trying out some of my plans for all-singing all-dancing poetry lessons. Exactly what does depend upon a red wheelbarrow??
Meanwhile, plodding on with the plans and evaluations and meetings, and more plans and more evaluations. This week seems to have gone so much quicker than the last couple have done, but that's probably a good sign that I'm settled at school and getting into a routine. Oh, and it's my first pay day too and that's never a bad thing!
September 24, 2010
This week has been the busiest so far and, sadly, my social life has well and truly ground to a halt. On Monday my Head of Department observed a lesson with my year 8 class for the first time and I was determined to feel fully prepared with an active and engaging lesson. Despite some initial IT issues and thinking on my feet in order to get the lesson started without the aid of my interactive whiteboard, I think the lesson went well and my Head of Department was impressed. I attribute much of the success of the lesson to feeling well prepared and cofident about my subject knowledge in this area.
In contrast, I have decided to review my approach to group work with year 8 after a somewhat 'interesting' lesson on Tuesday. What should have been quite a fun, comparing features in a recipe, task proved less constructive than I'd hoped and showed that the class probably need more practice with the practical side of working in groups before I attempt a similar activity. Time to bring out the PLTS I think.
I also attended school open evening on Wednesday, which was a fantastic opportunity to visit the other departments, speak to departmental staff and watch pupils in alternative environments. I was particularly impressed by the hands-on approach demonstarted by art, music and history and will endeavour to incorporate hands-on learning with my lesson plans. I definitely need to get to grips with all the fancy things interactive whiteboards can offer to get my year 7 and 8s really involved.