There’s a book in there somewhere!

I hate setting detentions. Well, I don’t mind setting them but I’ve got better things to do with my lunchtime than sit in my classroom watching students do what they couldn’t in the lesson – namely, behave properly!

As such, I try and make detentions as useful as possible. For instance, yesterday I had seven students sharpening my coloured pencils while (hopefully) thinking about what is not useful (ie. disrupting lessons) and what is useful (ie. doing what I’ve asked them to, in this case sharpening pencils). Pretty much a win-win situation – from my point of view, anyway!

Another thing I do which has worked brilliantly so far is to have students fill in a sheet with their behaviour and how it impacted on their classmates, me and themselves. This can be done during a detention or they can complete it at home and get a parent to sign it. The second option is obviously great for me, as it means I can spend my lunchtime doing much more useful things, like planning lessons/photocopying/eating lunch/chatting in the staff room.

Unfortunately, they also often make me laugh a little more than I should!

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Randomisings!

Just a few snaps I took over the past couple of weeks (on my phone, so not very good quality!):

‘Goodbye’ messages from Form 8F for the teacher who I’m spending this school year covering for, on her last day before starting her maternity leave. I really laughed at how so many of the boys were trying to persuade her to choose their name for the baby (could be a slight problem if it’s a girl, ha, ha!). And you’ve got to love ‘Have a good baby, Miss.’ :-D

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Introductions…

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My desk (and other views). Still needs a bit of a sort out but getting there… 2014-10-24 08.10.572014-10-24 08.11.222014-10-24 08.11.37

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Multitasking… simultaneously marking and playing Clash of Clans…

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Hitting the ground running…

Well, there you have it. I’ve survived my first week as a real teacher. I won’t get any sympathy from any new teachers who have been working flat-out since September but I still can’t believe how much I’ve done already.

So far, I have…

Taught dozens of lessons…

Marked hundreds of books, assessments and homeworks…

Issued thousands of detentions…

Got through hundreds of thousands of merit stickers…

Contacted millions of parents…

Organised billions of school trips…

Dealt with a squillion emails…

Entered a gazillion students’ achievement scores…

Learnt a quadrillion student and staff names…

Spent an eternity organising and decorating my classroom…

Drunk an entire plantation-worth of coffee…

And had an infinite amount of joy in all of it!

OK, OK, a slight exaggeration here (apart from the last bit!) but although there has been an unbelievable amount to do even in just these few days, I do really feel like I’ve landed on my feet and hit the ground running, as they say. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Couldn’t have done it without you. XXX

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Happy World Teachers’ Day!

UNESCO created World Teachers’ Day twenty years ago not only to highlight the hard work teachers do but also the plight of students around the world, where circumstances prevent them accessing the good education they desperately want and deserve. After all, no matter how tough the job gets sometimes here, there are both teachers and students in other countries who literally put their lives on the line every time they go to school… and often they don’t even have the most basic of resources.

Something to remember when I’m cursing the photocopier for breaking down or moaning that, yet again, we’ve run out of glue sticks.

 

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