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HtotheS Wed 21-Nov-12 20:19:04

I've been back at work since July I'm a teacher. I've been mentally unwell diagnosed with bi polar.

I've only just got back into the swing of things when we have a local authority review.

I did okay but some areas of my teaching needs improving.

I've been given 3 quite hefty targets that I'm getting observed on in the next 6 weeks.

I really feel under pressure about it. I know everyone needs targets but I feel I need more time to get back into work and get my head around how to be the best teacher I can be.

AIBU in thinking I shouldn't have these targets? The headteacher by the way thinks I an easily meet the targets.

I just feel the pressure and feel anxiety over it

Sirzy Wed 21-Nov-12 20:20:35

Are you a name changer by any chance?

Either way if you are fit enough to be at work then you should be able to be working towards targets.

lovelyladuree Wed 21-Nov-12 20:27:03

The students you teach deserve the best teacher. You are paid to reach certain standards. If the Head thinks you can do it then you will be ok. Don't whine - rage.

SageYourOracle Wed 21-Nov-12 20:27:31

I agree with Sirzy.

The children you teach only have one chance at this. It's down to LAs to monitor, challenge & support schools to be the best they can be and to bring about the best outcomes in achievement for the pupils.

Remember though that its not just your lesson observations but also what children's work is like in their books, photographic evidence, quality of marking and feedback and what the pupils are able to say about their learning that builds a picture of the quality of teaching over time. So if you find that an observation makes you nervous then remember that it's all the ongoing learning and teaching that's key.

squeakytoy Wed 21-Nov-12 20:29:15

It is 5 months since July. You should be back into the swing of things by now.

NoraGainesborough Wed 21-Nov-12 20:36:38

While I understand your mental Health issues need to be considered, its unfair on these children to have a teacher that is below par. LAs (please be aware that i don't like our LA and disagree with alot of their processes) have a job to do and they have done it.

You have been back a while and it sounds like the HT will give you support. Its best all round for you and the children. Support to get to the targets will improve you as a teacher and help you.

What are the targets? Anything we can help with?

LizzieVereker Wed 21-Nov-12 20:44:04

Are the observations going to at mutually arranged times? If so, could you get a colleague to look over your lesson plan so that you feel more confident? Do you feel OK to tell us what your targets are? We might be able to help with some ideas for planning/ behaviour management strategies. I get anxious about observations, we have loads, but I try to make sure all the things I can control are under control, like up to date marking, seating plans etc, then I feel calmer. I don't mean to tell you the obvious, just I know what keeps me feeling calm when under pressure.

CaptainVonTrapp Wed 21-Nov-12 20:48:19

What choice do you have? Do you think the head is right that you can easily meet the targets?

OutragedAtThePriceOfFreddos Wed 21-Nov-12 20:53:28

Yes, you are being very unreasonable.

What do you think they should do? Just let you get on with sub standard teaching and let your class miss out on a year of education so that you can 'have more time to get you head around being the best teacher'? Seriously?

gordyslovesheep Wed 21-Nov-12 20:54:43

YABU - I am sorry but you really need to address all the REAL issues

you have posted endless threads about the same things - go off sick and get well x

maras2 Wed 21-Nov-12 21:16:29

Does DH still have long naps at weekends? You're not fooling anyone with the name change, especially yourself.

HtotheS Thu 22-Nov-12 07:03:48

1. To know how and when to differentiate appropriately, using approaches which enable pupils to be taught effectively.

2. To be accountable for pupils attainment, progress and outcomes

3. To impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time

NoraGainesborough Thu 22-Nov-12 07:07:50

Am I missing something?

tethersend Thu 22-Nov-12 07:12:47

What's your subject?

Sirzy Thu 22-Nov-12 07:15:17

Sorry they are things I would expect students teachers to be achieving by The end of the course. If you are unable to do that then I wouldn't want you teaching my child

KenDoddsDadsDog Thu 22-Nov-12 07:19:03

If you are turning up at work then you are declaring yourself fit - and have to hit targets.
Put your mind to it and do it , you couldn't have passed your teaching qual without these basics.

AppleOgies Thu 22-Nov-12 07:21:48

Sorry I understand that you have a diagnosed mental health condition but I would expect all teachers to be able to meet those 'targets'. 'Target 3' I would say is virtually the definition of 'to teach'.

You are back at work, you need to accept that and get on with it.

HtotheS Thu 22-Nov-12 07:24:51

Perhaps I shouldn't be back at work then. I've been teaching for 4 years and have never had targets like this.

Fakebook Thu 22-Nov-12 07:29:12

For the sake of the children please get time off work. It's not fair on them. Whilst you're doing that, get rid of that waste of space of an old man.

AppleOgies Thu 22-Nov-12 07:29:42

I must seriously be confused then.

I personally would want to see EVERY teacher meet those 3 targets throughout their careers.

If you don't feel up to it, you need to et back to your GP and your Headteacher and come up with a solution.

Tee2072 Thu 22-Nov-12 07:31:17

My husband is a teacher, although at University. He has those targets plus others.

They certainly look reasonable to me.

ginmakesitallok Thu 22-Nov-12 07:33:34

How are they targets? Aren't they just what teachers do??

Sirzy Thu 22-Nov-12 07:35:35

You shouldn't need targets like that, things like that should be second nature to any qualified teacher.

Out of interest are the pupils in your class making acceptable progress this year?

HtotheS Thu 22-Nov-12 07:37:41

No they're not. But the year before there were 60kids with one teacher in the reception class

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