So - how much work have you got to do over half term?(88 Posts)
Are you going to manage to get a break or is there just too much to catch up on?
a whole SOW - i dont mind, its my fave job and saves me time later
Two lots of test papers, not too bad
What subject are you DrNick?
Mocks, essays, books - plenty!
60 Year 11 Eng Lang Mocks, which will be drudgery; drawn up a schedule of marking 2 questions across one of the two groups for each day, so I reckon a good 3 hours a day on that.
& a KS3 Scheme of Learning & resources which I'm rather looking forward to & will do in the evenings once the kids are in bed.
Determined to be organised & get the marking done each morning, leaving the afternoon to spend with dc.
I never know whether to do it all in one big block and then take a proper break or just do the work in bits and pieces through the week. Looking forward to not having to get up early tomorrow morning!
I know petalpower - ideally, I'm all for getting stuck in, doing full days & then putting my feet up by about Thursday.
Dh away this half term so I'm going to have to spread it over the week & both weekends so that dc can occasionally check in with the mothership. Thank chuff for Minecraft...
I need to go into school at some point too to get a few jobs done in my classroom but I think I'll wait until the end of the week for that.
I've had a student in so going in tomorrow for a good tidy up and to mark a set of books. UGH. Then just a bit of planning, so maybe a day's work, which isn't too bad..
I'm a Headteacher and I will be doing NOTHING.... except checking my emails about 3 times a day & responding when necessary
Updating my maths and science assessments, marking 60 pieces of independent writing and updating APP accordingly, planning for next half term's topic sessions and starting MT plans for new curriculum ready for September, update my IEPs and provision maps, analyse whole school assessment data and progress towards summer targets, spend/order subject resources from my budget, put three new displays up in my classroom and corridor, writing LT plans for my subjects across the school, writing a new subject policy, undertake self-evaluation for my subjects and planning and prep for first week back. So several full days.
TheGruff...that would take me a term! I have some whole school data to analyse and a SOW for a Y10 group. I set up the spare room as an office and slog through it in one session but it's not unenjoyable. I won't look at emails if I can avoid it. A whole week off...love it.
Lots! (hence eary start).
SOW/planning for a revised curriculum area, re-jigging my general planning format, med. term plans for the coming term, guiding my new PGCE student to plan their work. Updating the children's records, analysing the data, setting targets.
It's basically all the stuff I get really frustrated at not having chunks of time to do during term time - I'm really happy to have a week to get it all done and out of the way.
Are you starting now, HalfSpam? This is normal get-up time! At least have a lie-in and watch some Winter Olympics.
48 pieces of controlled assessment; 60 pieces of year 8 homework; generate data, data, data. Oh and keep two dc entertained/ bribed with tv and video games. This is why I tell DH that I'm not off work but just working from home. Plus an MA module - but that's my choice! Will I be done by Thursday?
I started work at 6am yesterday as well HalfSpam. All my assessment data is stored on the school cloud so I needed uninterrupted time when the internet wasn't going to go down. Only way to ensure that is to work really early before any other family computers are switched on. I managed to get most of it done by 9am. Just the rest of my work to do now. I agree that it's the sort of jobs that you don't have time to do during term time.
Coursework marking (50 students), but their work is all online so it's not bad to do.
11 mock exams.
Planning for first week back (actually only 4 lessons as done the rest last week).
Maybe writing sow if I can be bothered, otherwise I will do it in gained time later on.
Not too bad really.
30 homework projects to mark, all planning for next week, update my section of VLE plus a few tidying up bits. Have made a start - sharpened all the pencils from my classroom
30 reports to write.
30 pieces of writing to mark and assess for new half term targets.
Planning for next half term to be submitted by the weekend.
A day in school taking down displays and backing boards for new topic.
Marking end of half term maths tests.
I went in yesterday for 5 hours to put up 2 wall displays and do a bit of a sort out.
I also have to:
Update 60 learning journeys (foundation stage)
Complete 60 EYFS profiles
Fill in assessment sheets for 60 children
Next half term's planning
First week back planning
Staffing rotas for summer term
Induction packs for new children starting after Easter
Not quite sure yet how I'm going to get it all done....
43 controlled assessments, writing a NEW controlled assessment (thanks gove) planning a new y8 sow, marking three sets of books, planning around 16 GCSE lessons....
I already know I won't get it all done :D
Planning for first week back, phonics, literacy, numeracy, plus planning theme for the half term
Analyse whole school assessment data
Type up a load of pupil interview stuff for report to slt
Npqml module and associated work
Plan two staff meetings I have to deliver
Figure out props and costumes for key stage performance in five weeks time
Going in Thursday morning to change a working wall, mark two sets of books, and change small world area plus bribing dd to come with me to paint props...
As someone said up thread, thank chuff for minecraft!!
Suppose I should get out of bed and make a start....
-finish assessments in time for progress meetings in the first week back
- try to get a head of next half-terms planning
- write 30 termly reports
- some curriculum management bits
- possibly put up a display (not sure if TA did this on the last day, as I work part-time.
Annoyingly DD is unwell so I can't put her in nursery as I had hoped. Hopefully she'll be better and able to go tomorrow or Wednesday.
Happy half-term everyone
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.
and everyone - think we will need the energy to get this all done.
I am going to spend 1 full day working.
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 .....
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.
Kicks Gruffalo off MN .....
If you start it soon you might still get chance to have a break too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:>)
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.
What would happen if you just did not do the work?
Thanks petal. It's been blummin hard work! The problem is, it only looks like it's going to get tougher over the next couple of half terms. Then the examining starts...
Done all mine, had two pieces of writing to APP and a load of APP reading plus calculating some reading assessments. Actually I haven't done that yet.
But I have been ill and spent most of half term in bed so feeling very cheated of my half term so far
Hopefully will be better tomorrow!
Philoslothy my worry, aside from not giving students assessments back and having nothing to teach, would be that other teachers are also relying on me for what they teach too. It's not the kind of school where I could wing it. I have in the past, as I'm sure many of us have, but not this time. <sulks>
Make sure you take some time out now to get better if you can KinkyDorito. It will be difficult once you get back into term again.
Oh Xpost kinky get well soon too.
Reporting back to keep me on track and motivated:
Updating my maths - yes
and science assessments - not yet
marking 60 pieces of independent writing and updating APP accordingly - not yet
planning for next half term's topic sessions - started but not finished
starting MT plans for new curriculum ready for September - NO, decided that will have to wait until Easter.
update my IEPs and provision maps - done
* analyse whole school assessment data and progress towards summer targets* - almost finished
spend/order subject resources from my budget - decided what stock is needed but not yet ordered.
put three new displays up in my classroom and corridor - discovered I can't get in my classroom this holiday, so that is out.
writing LT plans for my subjects across school - done
writing a new subject policy - done
undertake self-evaluation for my subjects - two subjects done, one to go
planning and prep for first week back - Not yet
AND SLEEP! - definitely done.
Feeling I've been fairly productive, but keep finding extra jobs to add to my list.
Wow Gruffalo - that's an impressive list!
Well done, Checkpoint. I'm going to be doing mine at the weekend yet again. And if I don't, Philosophy, I'll just have to spread it out over the first week back. Everyone is so dedicated and admirable.
I am not criticizing the people on this thread, they are clearly well meaning. However if you are working long hours in term time and then working in the holidays that is unsustainable and in the long term you are not helping, other teachers will simply refuse to work those hours and leave ( schools lose potentially great teachers), they will burn out and leave ( schools lose potentially great teachers ) or they will become dull and lose their love of the job ( schools some potentially great teachers).
Trouble is if I don't get on top of that list in holiday time I'll have to find time to do in term time on top of the 60+ hour week or get really stressed because it hasn't been done.
But perhaps what you are being asked to do is not realistic but by working over the holidays you are covering up that fact. Again not a personal criticism , I can see that you are all trying to do your best.
So what do you suggest we all do - teach substandard lessons, assess inaccurately, refuse to lead a subject?
You are completely correct Philoslothy and I agree with you. In my situation I am too new to my job to change this yet. I think the whole climate in teaching at the moment expects far too much of us and people are leaving. Do we all down tools though? The school I've moved to is hovering above special measures and if we don't do it, we might not have a job to go to. The school I was in for nearly a decade before was outstanding and I was made to feel if I slipped remotely, I would lose my job. The expectations are vast, pressured and relentless wherever you are.
But yes, in these circumstances it is very hard to keep my love of the job. I've not met a secondary English teacher who loves their job in ages.
I think you are all primary,so I am not going to pretend to know what you need to do.
In a secondary scenario things we have done to reduce teacher workload have included:
Using inset and department time to produce schemes of work which are used by all staff
Planning with other schools, rather than schools individually creating schemes of work and lesson plans
Regular logging of hours
Anonymous feedback on working hours
Each department has a member of staff who is not a senior member of staff to monitor working hours and feedback about problems
Using meeting time for marking sessions
This process started with staff just saying " no, I can't do that"
I think if I said "No, I can't do that" it would go down very badly.
I am in a very small (3 class) primary and the workload is huge.
It sounds as though your school is really helping to monitor and reduce workload Philoslothy.
I'm secondary and I have encountered none of the measures you have written about in the last decade.
We do use peer assessment, but are still expected to mark every book once a fortnight with a target.
You are very, very lucky and you can PM me with the name of your school!!
we do the common SOLs. However, you are expected to produce detailed, differentiated individual planning to go alongside it...
& we are explicitly prohibited from using meeting time for marking.
I'm secondary. I'm a department of one. I actually quite enjoy the planning. Good job really because over the last 2 yrs I've started a new GCSE course and the BTEC spec has changed drastically. Philo - what's your subject? Some are easier to use generic SOW for than others.
I'm marking this week because I've ignored it all whilst doing the school play. That's my choice though - I choose to do the show and I bloody love doing it.
Our books are marked once a fortnight by most staff, in certain subjects where the students are seen more often the books are marked more and where they are seen less often they are marked less.
However not everything needs to be marked by a teacher. if feedback has been given from students , with guidance from staff - there is no need for feedback to be given from the teacher. If I give verbal feedback in a piece of work, there is no need for a written comment to be given ( it might be but it need not be)
We have detailed differentiated schemes of work, teachers are under no pressure to add to that. Sometimes we need to but it not the norm or expected. Sometimes my marking will inform me that I need to go back over something and then I would plan but most of the time I use the lessons on the scheme of work which were planned by relaxed talented teams of staff sharing their ideas, not overworked individuals who are seething with resentment at their work loads
Our teaching staff have iPads, they download the schemes of work onto their iPads and then import the relevant scheme of work sections in their planning app.
If the most pressing thing to be done at the time of a meeting is marking exams - that is what we do.
I teach History and a few other linked subjects. All of our departments work this way.
I like planning lessons, however I like my family and free time more. There will be times when I want to plan an individual lesson and that will then be added to the shared resources. But that happens when I have time .
I have not always been a teacher, I am not a teacher out of a sense of vocation - I want to earn a wage and see my family. Most teachers do have an admirable sense of vocation and we need to keep those teachers but we need to prevent them from burning themselves out. Those sort of teachers try to produce the ideal scenario but idealism is just not practical.
I suppose that is where KS1 is different. When you teach English and Maths every day there are both books to mark nightly. We are expected to write AfL comments and then at the start of the following lesson give time for the children to respond to those comments. Each lesson must be planned in response to the one before, so even ST plans need adapting each day. As they are young peer and self assessment is only an occasional activity and has limited value (plus is hugely time consuming in lessons). Every member of staff is a subject leader for at least one subject, and as such has to monitor quality of teaching and learning, assessment data, lesson plans, etc. of their subject across the whole school, with little or no time to do so.
I'm a secondary English reacher and I love my job! I am part time tho, that helps... I'm also v lucky in the dept I work in - my hod fields a great deal of crap from the head teacher and prevents it reaching us, I'm also something of an A level specialist and in our dept that means little or no KS3 and only smaller, low attaining groups at KS4.
Can't help with the Lear and Chaucer stuff btw, sorry.
gruffalo are you a year group leader? You have a mega list.
I am in ks1 too and have so far actively turned down Leadership roles because I think it would be too much. I feel for you.
But you are right, I am a subject leader of a massive subject and am taking on a much more senior role next year. I am terrified but it feels right. Teaching is hard.
I am hoping my new role will open up opportunities that will allow me to leave teaching in the next few years. It's too much, and I have only been teaching for ten years!
You do sound lucky though sassy.
I'm FT English, teaching and writing every single lesson for Year 13, 12, 11, 10, 9 and 8 as I go, with the accompanying marking, and then SOW for the whole dept too and all the admin extras. I am a very experienced teacher with plenty of expertise, but I still need to plan and write the content of my lessons based on what my new boss wants me to teach. I'm trying to adapt things from what I already have.
I would like to say it will ease off when it's embedded, but we all know that National Curriculum changes are looming once again.
Kinky why are you doing all that yourself? What are other members of your department doing?
Ah, I teach History as a second (well, third, really) subject & it does lend itself fairly readily to team-planned Schemes of Learning.
It's not so effective in a skills based subject like English - I find that you need to be more responsive on the whole.
I plan more for some classes than others, but I couldn't effectively teach my middle ability y11 in the current run up to their second Mock, for example, unless every lesson was planned in response to the one before.
Right, impressed with what some of you have already done I will start on my day of marking.
Some of it has already been marked but no level given, so I hope I get through it all today.
I teach MFL p/t and have to say, my department is very organised, there are sow, there were exams ready to be handed out at the end of units, there are mark schemes attached, etc.
This hasn't always been the case at previous schools.
My hod is at school today so if I get stuck with anything I can go in and see him for advice.
Have to get going, the prospect of only a few hours planning tomorrow and a free week end will hopefully carry me through today.
Dh has taken 2 days off btw, seems a shame to be locking myself away in the study as we have so little time together, but our LO would not let me do any work otherwise.
Go for it Cinners see if you can get the planning started aswell!
KS1 leader, SLT, SENCo, Literacy and Assessment coordinator and temporarily history coordinator (she's on maternity leave).
I see. Blimey that is a lot of jobs. Hope you get to have a rest too.
I'm knackered but not finished yet, sadly.
Hope everyone else is on target
I'm going into school today to get the things done in my classroom that I was too tired to do at the end of last week. I wish it was the sort of job where you could say "Yes, I've finished, there's no more I can do!". It just seems never ending sometimes.
I'm just about to get going on what I hope to be the final session - 2 hours or so before meeting a friend later. Did a good 3 hours planning yesterday meaning that my next two week are pretty much sorted. I'm going to pick up a lot of marking next week so needed to get ahead.
today I want to....
Plan a series of A level lessons
Read and comment on (not mark) several 2,500 word Pieces of A level coursework, ready to return to pupils electronically giving them tweaking time before final deadline on Monday.
Tidy my work bag, files etc. I don't have my own classroom and they always end up in a tip as I hurtle from one room to the next!
Oh yes, I need to tidy through my school bag and files too. It was just getting heavier and heavier so I suspect it need a good sort out!
Aaaaaargh! I haven't done any of it! I'm starting today. I will, I will, I will.
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