A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The WTF Week?

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!

What a week! I’m happy to say that in a good way though. Seriously, it’s been like WTF? Usually on the last week of the half term, the children are a bit crazy. They’re tired because they’re ready for a break. This week? Angels. I’m confused. They were SO quiet and on task during their assessed piece of writing (not looking forward to marking them though, most are 4 pages + and I have 31 of them!) They have been generally quiet and focused in every lesson. I’m not complaining. It’s been lovely! Just so unusual for a last week before a break.

As for the girl drama… the drama meter is working a CHARM. They seem to have really connected with it. They like to tell me what colour they’re on after a lunch time and it’s mostly been green! Long may it continue. I’m realistic, I know we’ll have bumps along the way but for now, I’m happy with it and they seem to be too.

I had 2 evenings of parent meetings which went exceptionally well. I was particularly blown away by how many parents mentioned that they’re much happier in my class than they were in their last class. A lot of my parents of 8-9 year olds have said that they’re much more talkative about school at home now. A parent nearly cried when I showed her son’s writing work. She said he’d made so much progress with me. It’s a great feeling to be praised so much but I do find it hard to take the praise. I think a lot of it has to do with just bonding with the new teacher. Numerous teachers have worked hard with the child before they got to me. I’m not a wonder that suddenly transformed their child!

I’m looking forward to a week off. I do have a LOT of marking and assessing to do this week, but I intend to take at least 5 days in a row off. This tired teacher needs a refresh!

18 thoughts on “A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The WTF Week?

  1. OMG, I loved reading this post – especially hearing about the parents praising you and being happy. You passion for teaching shines out in this blog post and the drama-o-meter is fantastic!

  2. What a wonderful post – so glad you’re going to do these. Those years with my children are way back in my rear view mirror but they’re not forgotten. I particularly liked the Drama Meter – what a great idea. Thank you.

  3. So cool that the friendship meter is working! Maybe just the fact that the girls are responsible for picking where they are on it makes them feel empowered? I can’t think of a 7-9 yr old who doesn’t like feeling in charge of something, haha.

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