Time for a Moan

28Jan14
Does anyone else think it’s been a long month?
Apart from the weather (somewhere between miserable and dire), the lack of daylight and the inevitable comedown from Christmas, I’m feeling absolutely shattered at work. It would be fair to say that family issues of various kinds are also making life a little tricky, but that’s another story. I made the mistake today of listing what’s been happening in addition to a full teaching load.
  • new set of seating plans as I’ve moved rooms, plus displays etc
  • lesson observations for whole school on questioning.
  • whole school training on dyslexia (with the fatal words “learning modalities include visual, auditory and kinaesthetic”)
  • my own lesson observation for performance management
  • all staff being asked to break down class lists by gender, SEN, FSM etc and justifying/celebrating achievement for each category
  • deadline for assessment cycle data with effort grades for all classes
  • reports for year 9
  • parents’ evening for year 11
  • starting weekly afterschool revision classes
  • presentation to colleagues on homework and follow up email (see T&L posts, recent and forthcoming)
  • dept meeting to discuss the whole school focus this halfterm on planning
  • meeting for our peer-led, small group development – needs observations, discussions and recording of actions/targets
  • nominating students for specific target plans within subjects

And that’s all since we started back in January. Sometimes in our profession it feels like a relentless focus on all these tasks, promoting learning, means that we never get to make a good job of planning our actual teaching…

Normal service should be resumed soonish. In the mean time, please forgive the peace and quiet on Twitter and my slightly frazzled expression.

For interest:
#ukedchat survey
on why teachers leave the profession.

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5 Responses to “Time for a Moan”

  1. I feel your pain Ian. I wonder sometimes if we spend so much time on inititatives that we actually throw the baby out with the bathwater: planning, marking and assessing.

  2. Here’s to a happier February…

  3. 3 Sue

    Busy is great, and some of what you’re involved in sounds really worth doing. But over-busy is horrible and just makes people ill. My best ever lab tech always used to remind me “No one will give medals or even remember who you are after over-work has killed you. STOP. Say NO.” It was a mantra she pushed as a parent governor too, and it helped make the school that tiny bit more sane. Being selective about what we choose to push and what we choose to leave is really hard, for a school, and for individual staff within it, because some at least of what we are being asked to do will be really worthwhile. But the blunt truth is some stuff has to remain undone, or be done by others. Meantime…good luck with keeping the internal oxygen tanks stoked up!

  4. 5 Helen Rogerson

    Sometimes in our profession it feels like a relentless focus on all these tasks, promoting learning, means that we never get to make a good job of planning our actual teaching… <<< This!


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