A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Worst Week Of My Teaching Life: Inspectors and Stomach Bugs

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. Oh my goodness. I don’t know what to really say this week. I can’t say much until our OFSTED report is out. If our grading comes out before the report is published then they can reinspect. Trust me. I don’t want that pressure again so soon. This was my first OFSTED of my teaching career. Just know it has been incredibly draining. As you may know, I have terrible anxiety that is managed by medication. Not even my medication could help my mental health this week- bleurgh.

Then, to top it all off, this post is coming to you late because I’ve had a stomach bug all day. I’m feeling super fragile, but I’m not being sick…or the other… for now. I wanted to get a post up because it’s super cathartic for me. Lying in bed all day has certainly made me reflect. For some reason I’ve become super relaxed this year in my teaching. I think it’s down to finally being comfortable in the team that I work closely with. I personally think I’ve let my teaching slide a little. I know that people who know me, would disagree and think it’s just my anxiety talking. However, I know in my heart of hearts that my class haven’t made the progress they usually do. I have a term and a half to turn that around so I feel like I need to go in tomorrow (if I’m not sick again!) and get my act together.

After this week, it’ll be a week off (even though I have to write reports) but it’ll be a good opportunity to reflect once more and think about the way forward.

Sorry for the negative post. I just needed to vent.

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Let’s work on our listening skills…

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!

This week has been an interesting one. I managed four weeks of having a wonderful time with my class. Last week was our 5th week at school and behaviour started to slide. Their work isn’t slipping, although they’re not putting as much effort as they were! However, they’re just not listening! It’s so frustrating. It could be tiredness. We have next week and the week after until a break. But I’m spending next week going hard on ensuring they’re listening to instructions and being respectful of one another. I hate being overly strict, but sometimes needs must!

I have so much to pack into next week. We’re starting to audition for our musical in a few months, we’ve got writing to finish and a new unit of Maths to start and finish. Eek. So much to pack into 9 more working days! Let’s hope they start listening…

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A very dramatic 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!

This week made me feel like ‘Who the hell am I? Where has the old me gone?’ Not in a bad way though. No, not at all. I’ve fully immersed my class in drama this week meaning that in the latter part of the week, when we were writing, their writing was absolutely outstanding. 🙂 If you’ve been following my journey with this class since September, you’ll remember that I was struggling with their writing. It was just so basic.

I planned English this time around. I managed to put lots of drama into our writing. We spent 3 days really delving into the first few chapters of our current English book. It involved acting, hot-seating, role-play… every single thing that I don’t usually do. I’m so far from the drama/performance teacher. Or I used to be. I’ve certainly seen this week how it completely enhances their writing. Even my two lowest attaining children created some wonderful sentences. Sure, I had to help them structure their words into a sentence, but still… it was all their own ideas and it made my teacher heart very, very happy.

I brought back Class Dojo this week. Class Dojo is an incentive system. The children all have their own monster and they get rewarded for good behaviour. They earn points and can lose points for less desirable behaviour. They’re very into it and the moment which is lovely. They’re trying hard to work quietly, thoughtfully and be respectful of the classroom.

I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks with my wonderful class. They really are becoming one of my favourites! (Shh… don’t tell anyone!)

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A VERY bookish 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!

This week has been another great one! I’m so happy to be back! 🙂 I’m loving that I’m having a run of weeks at the moment that make me really thankful for the job I have.

Something very exciting happened this week! I run a book club with the older children in the school and we’ve been reading a 300 page book by a popular author (I can’t say who otherwise it will identify the school!) We finished the book and sent a video review to the author on Twitter. He acknowledged it and even sent them a tweet back. They were absolutely made up! I was super happy too. It was so lovely that he took the time to acknowledge my book club’s work. 🙂 See, the internet is great sometimes!

I’ve also (and I never thought I’d say this!) been super impressed with my writers this week. We’ve been writing letters and some of their work was incredible! My moaning and persistence has clearly paid off. Long may it continue!

I can’t believe that by the end of the coming week, I’ll be halfway through this half term. Spring goes by really quickly. I’m trying to make the most of my class because before I know it, they’ll be through Spring Term with only one remaining after. I do know that I need to be a bit harsher this week. I’m thinking of bringing back Class Dojo as that worked brilliantly for me over the past few years. I will just have it as a classroom incentive, rather than a communication tool with parents. Food for thought, for today!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Great to be back!

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!

On Monday, I returned to school after two weeks off. Now my holiday break wasn’t that great but I’m not going to go into reasons why. Just know that I was very happy to get back to school!

This week has been fabulous. I was worried on Monday as they were super chatty and had seemed to forget how to behave. After that day though, they were back to their normal selves. The children have tried super hard this week and I’m really pleased with their efforts. I’m still determined to improve their writing. I’m hoping it’ll improve this term. They’re not bad at it, by any means. They’re just not writing at their age related expectations. I need to encourage them to expand their sentences and stop writing so basically. I’m hoping with time this will come. Fingers crossed.

We’ve been reading more picture books for our PSHE lessons (Personal, Social and Health Education). I love a book with a good moral and this week’s book was all about being grateful for who you are and not comparing yourself to others. They immediately got the message and it was lovely to chat about it with them. I’ve got several children now who really enjoy PSHE which is exactly what I wanted.

As for spending 1:1 time with my children by having lunch with them, I’ve managed to have lunch with every child and now we’re on round 2. They love finding out who I’m going to be eating with and it’s a lovely opportunity for me to get to know them on a personal level. 🙂

It’s been a great week. I really was very happy to be back. I’m enjoying this class immensely!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Finally some time off!

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 MADE IT! 8 weeks of a full on half term and I managed to make it through. I battled my way through and managed to swerve the sickness bug and the flu too. I’ve got a bit of a cold but nothing major.

We had a lovely last week. The carol service was really successful and our Christmas party was lots of fun. I was really surprised at how well behaved the children were over the week. Usually the last week can be awful behaviourally, especially when you’re scraping them off the ceiling because they’re excited for Christmas. However, they’ve been lovely. As well as that, the children have been complimenting me all week which is super sweet. I wonder what they’re after…

I do have quite a bit of planning to do over the next 2 weeks and some assessment to get done too. I’m giving myself a few days off though. We all need a bit of rest and relaxation otherwise we’d burn out! I’m looking forward to reading lots and getting some blog post scheduled to lighten the load when I’m back at work in January!

This feature will return on 13th January! 🙂 

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 5 more working days to go!

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!

The tiredness is real. I’m going into the 8th week of this half term tomorrow. I’m glad to say it hasn’t dragged like I thought it would, but I am SO tired. This week coming is going to be very full with our carol concert tomorrow, Christmas lunch, Christmas party, celebration assemblies and general Christmas activity wonderful-ness. Is that a word? It is now.

By the end of this week, I will have had lunch with every child in the class. ❤  It is so important for me to do this because I truly believe it’s having a massive impact on my relationships with the children. Speaking of relationships with my class, I’m going to a professional pantomime today to see two of my class who are part of the dance team. I’m so excited to see them do their thing. I know they’re super excited that I’m going to see them. I think it’s going to make my teacher heart very happy.

I’m looking forward to a fun week ahead, even though I think it’s going to feel a bit like crowd control and not teaching! 🙂