A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher-Girls, girls, girls…

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!

Oh my goodness, this week has been a week of DRAMA! I have about 6 girls in my class who have intense friendship issues. They always nitpick at each other, give each other ‘looks’ or are just generally unkind. I have had numerous parents in moaning about the other girls and I’m pretty much just done with girl drama. These girls are 8-9 years old and are already having issues. I reached the end of my tether this week. Every single day they whine about each other and I’d just had enough. They ended up talking through their problems with me and we worked out that they were quite petty problems that they shouldn’t be bothering me/disrupting learning time with.

I’ve decided to stage a friendship intervention with them this week. Tomorrow, I’m going to take them out of assembly and spend some time going through a friendship drama meter with them. It’ll hopefully teach them when to come to me with a problem and when they can learn to talk it through themselves.

I also have parent/teacher meetings this coming week. I’m dreading them due to the fact that I’m sure parents will bring up this friendship drama issue. At least if I can talk to them about my friendship intervention then it’ll help greatly and hopefully reassure the parents that I am doing something to address it.

Wish me luck… I think I may need it this week. At the end of the week though, I have 5 working days off. Yippee! 🙂

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23 thoughts on “A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher-Girls, girls, girls…

  1. Best of luck, this sounds like a very difficult situation. 8-9 years old sounds young to have such intense issues, hope you can sort it out and then relax and enjoy your downtime xx

  2. A fun technique I saw in a 5-6 year old class once was…I guess I’d call it a tattling therapy corner? The teacher had a nice 8X10 picture of Ryan Gosling taped up in a quiet, out of the way corner. When her tattlers came to her she would ask if it was urgent, and then (since it almost never is) she asked them to go tell Ryan all about it. They would tell everything to the picture and then go back to playing, happy to be heard. Your girls might be too mature for this trick, but they might like a sympathetic face to complain to? Your friendship intervention sounds like a great solution.

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