So - how much work have you got to do over half term?

(88 Posts)
petalpower Sun 16-Feb-14 19:45:58

Are you going to manage to get a break or is there just too much to catch up on?

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Mon 17-Feb-14 09:49:53

I have indeed been working since 6am; but I must admit it has been liberally peppered with searching for hotels and doings some tidying.

I'm sure some would say 'why can't you be more efficient and get it done in term time/PPA' but I find that there is always more urgent stuff or firefighting to be done. To really think about making changes (I am thinking of trialling objective-led planning) I need a chunk uninterrupted time to digest and cogitate. So I'm perversely quite happy to be doing this - it means I can cross out a lot of things on the "I know I should be doing this but it keeps getting put off" list.

brew and cake everyone - think we will need the energy to get this all done.

GW297 Mon 17-Feb-14 11:51:00

I am going to spend 1 full day working.

petalpower Mon 17-Feb-14 19:58:59

How is everyone getting on?
I've updated all my data and assessments, made 25 writing booklets, marked 2 sets of homework and updated all target cards.
Still quite a bit to go though .....

TheGruffalo2 Mon 17-Feb-14 20:03:35

I agree LuvMyBoyz, I'm being optimistic how long that will all take me. So far I've cleaned the house from top to bottom and done several loads of laundry, I found something unpleasant and growing in the fridge and taken the dogs for very long walks. But school work .... nothing.... it is stressing me out so I'm avoiding it. Someone give me a kick to get off MN and start some work or I'll be melting down on Sunday evening.

Philoslothy Mon 17-Feb-14 20:04:28

None it is my holiday .

petalpower Mon 17-Feb-14 20:08:47

Kicks Gruffalo off MN .....
If you start it soon you might still get chance to have a break too.

GW297 Mon 17-Feb-14 20:11:10

I've caught up on my cleaning and some admin too. Not much school work as yet though! I've done a little bit so far.

LurkingCinners Mon 17-Feb-14 20:15:34

I have listening, reading and writing exams to mark for Years 7,8 and 2x9.
And a class set of year 10 books.
Will take me all of Thursday and probably a bit of Friday. Then next week's lessons to plan (rest of Friday).
Not too bad. Have another day tomorrow just pottering around the house with the little one, meeting a friend for coffee and deciding on the hallway colour.
Will then spend all of Wednesday painting/decorating.

clary Mon 17-Feb-14 20:16:32

I had 5 classes of yr 7 subject reports to do but I have just realised (hurrah!) I have done them all! Thought I still had one left! (They take ages even tho it's a tick box job)

I also have a piece of written work to mark from everyone in those 5 classes (doh!). Have marked three classes.

I also had the books from my weakest group to mark and stick sheets into (! they never do it!). Did those Fri/Sat.

Then I need to plan for about half my classes for first 2 weeks (others are done, amazingly). So still work for at least another 2 days. Sigh.

Hulababy Mon 17-Feb-14 20:22:47

It's not half term here yt - next week for us.
I'm not a teacher anymore - now a HLTA instead.

Still have some planning to do - need to do my planning for Y2 and EYFS Computing - Y2 will be doing a half term on programming; not sure about EYFS - need to have a think.

Also need to plan some lessons for EYFS Y1 and Y2 for first week back - its Hour of Code week, so want everyone in their Computing or iPad lesson to do some form of coding, but will prepare lesson plans for everyone to encourage them.

Will also go through the new KS1 computing curriculum, in prep for rewriting the scheme of work from EYFS - Y2 to start in September. Have an LEA one but not quite right for our school so want to make changes, etc.

Will be doing it in bits though as we are going to be away for the week in Padstow with friends.

AHardDaysWrite Mon 17-Feb-14 23:35:15

I've been in work today, doing catch-ups for year 11 who've missed lessons and sorting my classroom out. I've got four sets of assessments to mark this week, plus the usual planning/updating the data tracker.

Wonder if Mr Gove will see this thread...

BatmanLovesRobins Tue 18-Feb-14 09:47:44

If he does, he'll just use it as evidence that teachers have poor time management skills...

I've been in and spent an afternoon sorting a cupboard out that I've been desperate to do for ages.

I'll go in for one more day, to plan, update data, prepare resources for the first week and so on. Must mark the foundation subjects - they hardly get a look in in term time due to all the quality marking I do with core. Need to get a new seating plan together as well, because the current one isn't working...

MiaWallace Tue 18-Feb-14 12:30:35

I've marked my maths tests.

Marked and levelled writing assessments.

Half my reports are now done.

Now need to finish another 15 reports and get started on planning. I'm really hoping to have it all done by Thursday so I can take a few days off to rest before the chaos starts again.

VioletStar Wed 19-Feb-14 07:11:53

For those with DC - what are they doing? Mine haven't been out since Saturday. Not that they seem to mind. Lots of going feral, playing on various computer/ PlayStation games. I'm a bad mummy aren't I?

petalpower Wed 19-Feb-14 07:29:01

I've been trying to get a balance of doing things with the DC (age 11 and 13) and cracking on with work. When we're at home they're quite self sufficient (computer/Xbox etc!). I don't know how it would be if they were a lot younger.

sassytheFIRST Wed 19-Feb-14 07:43:16

Was away till Monday night.

Yesterday I wrote a revision SoW for yr11, marked a set of A level essays and rough planned 1st week back.

Still need to read and comment on 6 pieces of A level English lit coursework and finish a novel I hate in order to teach it next golf term. Then do more precise planning for next week.

On return I'm going to pick up a set of yr 10 books, a set of yr 11 books (thankfully only 6 of them as they are bottom set) and 18 A level coursework folders to mark. The more I can do this week, the better next week will be.

EvilTwins Wed 19-Feb-14 12:35:04

I went in on Monday to sort out the dressing rooms after the school show last week (was thrilled when 10 of the cast turned up off their own backs to help - meant that we could dismantle the set as well) then went in yesterday to sort and tidy and start sorting my yr 11 folders. Need to finish that and mark their portfolio work from this term then do the same for yr 10 GCSE class. Have to finish sorting assessments for yr 10 GCSE & BTEC groups. Fortunately all my KS3 groups are midway through a SOW so that's sorted.

I actually quite enjoy planning & making resources. It's the marking I hate. Anyone else teaching a new generation
BTEC? Edexcel don't seem to know their arse from their elbow. Have been contacted by my EV (new one) to tell me that the previous comments on my assessment schedule (different EV) were wrong and I need to do loads of changes. Not happy.

clary Wed 19-Feb-14 13:33:37

I finished the marking for my yr 7s yesterday and started some of my planning. Gonna finish one class today and then that will leave me maybe a morning's work finishing off the rest.

My kids are 10, 12, 14 so are pretty self sufficient. Younger two are in a show all week so don't need much to do in the day, just lolling about recovering!

KinkyDorito Wed 19-Feb-14 16:25:15

3 classes of targets and levels
2 sets of A Level
3 A Level texts to prep and plan for
2 SOW that everyone else needs to teach
GCSE intervention session for Tues after school
Formal inspection planning to be submitted by Weds of first week back for following week
All other planning

Just. Fed. Up.

Am really ill - proper teacher flu has struck as soon as I left work. I'd fought it for a couple of weeks. I've done nothing except a few books and the weight of what I have to do is crushing my soul!! I'm in a new job in a tough school and have been doing 13 hour days every day for 6 weeks now (until body gave up on Saturday) and still feel like I'm drowning.

Somebody give me a kick and tell me to get a grip please.

I just want a few guilt free days off. sad

KinkyDorito Wed 19-Feb-14 16:32:10

Alternately, if anyone has any resources for teaching any of the following at A Level for WJEC I would be forever grateful. I haven't taught this board before and am having to plan and teach from scratch. I also had to finish off coursework in January so time is really pressing:

The Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
King Lear in partner with Oedipus Rex

I've already done a bit on Lear.
I think my brain might well explode before May.

petalpower Wed 19-Feb-14 18:11:01

Sounds an awful lot to do KinkyDorito. You poor thing. Is it worth starting a new thread just for secondary English teachers in case anyone can help with resources? I'm not surprised your body gave up after 6 weeks of 13 hour days. sad

zummurzet Wed 19-Feb-14 18:59:11

Have had today as a work day, and tomorrow as well. Kids in holiday club.

Managed so far to write new theme planning for next term, and a science scheme of work, and have nearly finished numeracy for first week back. Tonight I'll do the Literacy. Tomorrow's list includes mid-term write up for NQT I'm mentoring, non-core assessments from last term, 30 pieces of writing to moderate, and making a start on reports that are due before Easter. That leaves me Sunday morning for writing two CAMHS referrals, resourcing first weeks teaching and going through my lit and num books which are due in for scrutiny as we get back... 2.5 days is pretty good for me.

phlebasconsidered Wed 19-Feb-14 19:08:59

I've done class sets of my (new next week!)class writing and maths SATS papers, pasted their newly worded levels into their books and cross checked with their old APP against what the levels I gave them. I've mapped out roughly two weeks worth of literacy, and 4 weeks worth of maths, filched a SOW for the "sound" element of science off of TES, scooted round for Hinduism resources, and am now frantically trying to plan the maths and literacy in more detail. The kids are at the in-laws tonight so I am resources hunting till whenever with a glass, then i'll be in work from 8-4 tommorrow doing it all. Probably do more evenings after the kids are in bed. I've no-one to plan with, is the problem, so no-one to bounce ideas off.

fatcheeks1 Wed 19-Feb-14 19:21:40

Violetstar, you're not a bad mum.I'm usually in pretty much the same situation (mine are 14 & 11) Daughter is in Rome until tomorrow and son is more than happy on Skype, PS3 etc but I know it's not healthy and what I want.So far I've been in for 3 hrs each day Mon/Tues to do a bit of tidying up and put up displays.School is only 10 mins drive away so know I am lucky there.Didn't go in today I've just been too tired.I'm listening to my body for once and it's telling me it's tired.I took son to see Lego film in 3D and really enjoyed that and we had a pizza Hut buffet lunch.Yesterday we had King of the day at Burger King and Monday I took him out for tea at his favourite cafe.I know it's not the healthiest but he feels treated and we are spending a bit of time together.Tomorrow we are going to the London Aquarium which we are both really excited about:>)I do have work to do but you can always find work to do can't you? I've planned with the rest of my team I just have to do my individual planning and sort out timetables for the LSA support I have.We have observations planned for the 1st 2 days back by LA bods, the school is close to going into SM and I have a new girl starting that does not speak English ! Happy days I say, this week I need for some down time:>)

LuvMyBoyz Wed 19-Feb-14 19:33:36

My good intentions to do my work today fizzled out by 10am. I didn't even do any cleaning. I'm a bit jealous of those of you who have been into school or have got started on something. On the upside I'm now a bit of a curling expert and have lost 2 very close games of Word With Friends. Good luck, everyone.

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