I have a Y9 class that is pretty disinterested in everything. Not badly behaved but just disengaged and passive. We are doing a module about Dystopian fiction, and we were looking at common themes in plot summaries of well known dystopian fiction. Ended up talking about The Handmaid's Tale and how it is now back on the US Best Sellers list. After the class, one of the girls came and asked if I had a copy of The Handmaid's Tale she could borrow as she wanted to read it.
To hell with my LO, I engaged a single, previously disinterested, 14 year old girl today.
My 4 yr old DS's teacher excitedly told me he's a little clever clogs and showed me a picture he'd done... he'd drawn a bear, wrote the words "leg" "head" and "nose" and drew arrows from each word pointing to the correct part of the body these words corresponded to - all off his own back with zero help.
I'm not usually a braggy mum, but as this is a positive thread I can gloat here
I'm a trainee in a very difficult class. Since September I've struggled through my lessons, doing everything I can think of to earn their respect, often to no avail. I've gone home in tears a few times thinking I can't do it.
Well this week it's started to really click. I'm certainly getting there and have actually managed to start focusing on my teaching as opposed to just behaviour managing all. the. time. Today was the first day where I was able to get the most difficult and disruptive of children back in their chairs with just 'the look' and I managed to teach a full English lesson without any major behaviours at all. Small victories, but it feels good!
I’ve had possibly my worst week in teaching in 18 years, almost resigned and my own kids are struggling as I don’t spend enough time with them. However, on the whole my classes are good and my as test results were much better than I thought!
So many things went wrong this week and required so much time and effort that I literally did not have time to prepare two of my lessons today so I grabbed some photocopied resources and hoped for the best. Friday afternoon. We did some quiet reading, we talked about what we had all done in half-term, we played a bit of hangman - it was simply lovely.
The head was really complimentary about a charity event i organised before half term because we got a lovely thank you letter from the charity we fundraised for thanking us. She’s asked me to feedback to the children in assembly on Monday which is nice my year 9 lesson was good, we’re teaching my favourite topic of all and they’re a lovely class. My gcse group came in at lunchtime and brought me some haribo and we did some extra work just because they wanted to 😇 AND I got an extra free because a class were on a school trip, so I hid in my classroom so I didn’t get nabbed to do extra cover
I had a (much-needed) pacey lesson with year 10 and a similar one with year 13, then a wonderful lesson with year 7 top set and a nice and calm lesson with my KS4 bottom set. Then supported a struggling trainee and have just got positive feedback on some HWK I shared from the HoD. Good stuff all around have also had wine .
I teach a full time 6th form course in a theatre. Today was a good day because all of the students were really focused (we have a show on Thursday) and also it was one girl's 18th birthday and everyone was lovely to her all day, and then her mum ordered pizza for everyone because we were rehearsing til 7pm.
I left full time teaching in a school last summer to set up the business I now run (which delivers 6th form performing arts courses in theatres) and I am so happy I did. I still get to teach (and 6th form was always my favourite bit of the job) but I am away from all the shitty school politics. And because every single one of my students really really wants to be there, they are the most ridiculously focused and committed group. I LOVE it.