A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Why am I repeating myself?

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

I can’t believe I’m at the end of my second week of school already. This time next week we’ll be halfway through the term. Craziness! I’ve had another lovely week with my class. There’s a few that are pushing the boundaries, but in the main part they’re wonderful. We’re really starting to get into a routine which is great. I have to say, so far, this class have been my only class where I’m not terrified when the head or head of lunchtime staff come up to me at the end of lunch time. All of my other classes had a child who was fond of misbehaving and I used to dread the end of lunch time. Long may it continue.

The issue I’m having with this class at the moment is them constantly ask what they’re doing after I’ve given instructions and repeated them at least 3 times. I always check if they’re all okay, before I send them off to work and they all nod. Yet 2 minutes later, I’m being called over to ask what it is they’re doing! Any teachers out there have any tips for me? I used to write a Steps To Success with my old 7-9 year old class and I’m wondering whether to bring that back again. I’m like a broken record most of the morning.

We don’t really have too much going on for the coming week, aside from the normal lessons jam packed into the day. My aim is to begin to teach them how to edit effectively, set their homework up and work on them listening more and hopefully reduce the amount of them asking ‘What is it we’re doing again?’


6 thoughts on “A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Why am I repeating myself?

  1. I was a TEFL teacher so it’s not really the same haha but when my kids were given instructions I’d ask them to repeat it to me, rather than me repeating the instructions. That was more for language practice as anything but it did used to work

  2. I wonder how much of this has to do with their (potentially) Internetted mind. Many of the push notifications on those devices and all of the guiding notifications on interactive software can basically be seen as active hand holding.
    That being a primary space of input and output for people these days, this is one idea I have for the reason kids in this age group seem to ask for so much confirmation from older people in real life. This is perhaps their norm for the reception of instruction.

  3. I’m not a teacher, but i used to be a nanny and look after kids 6-8 years old. It was about 10 years ago, but i often noticed the same thing. They just simply paid no attention whatsoever. They would nod and agree but would have no clue what anyone just said because they were thinking about something else / doing something else.
    Like the first comment, when asked to repeat what they were asked to do worked better. Not 100% tho. I mean, we were not in a school setting, so they had more interesting stuff to get busy with, that was clearly not helping 😀

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