A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Totally ready for that week break!

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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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!

Wow. This has been a very, very long week. I feel like I’ve had so much going on! So many little jobs that need to be done. It’s super frustrating! 🙂 I have had a much better week this week though which is a good thing. I may be exhausted, but I definitely feel like I’ve earned my week’s break (although I do have to write some reports and get some planning done!)

Yesterday, I spent some time planning English for the first two weeks back. I am totally excited for it. I love teaching English. I’ve used a video stimulus which is hopefully going to lead to some really fun creative writing. I’m hoping that each class in my phase (3 classes between 5-7 years old) are going to create their own class book with their own writing inside it. I’m super inspired. I sent the planning to my teaching assistant yesterday and she got really excited about it too.

I’m also excited about a new challenge for the next half term/rest of the school year. I’m starting a newspaper with the school. I came across a newspaper that I was part of when I was in primary school and it inspired me to bring it to my school. I’m excited about getting children enthused about writing. I’m hoping there will be something for everyone. 🙂

I’ve had some lovely comments about my teaching/planning over the past two weeks. I just wish I could believe in myself more. I don’t know if it’s down to my anxiety, I’m always striving to be better than I am. I’m always putting pressure on myself and I constantly doubt my actions.

I’m going to make sure I have some time for me this week. I’m going to catch up with friends, read, blog and sleep!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Not A Good 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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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 has not been a good week for me at all. I do have these every now and then so I’m trying not to let it get me down. I am exhausted. I am completely drained. I’ve had a tough week for a range of reasons.

The main reason I’m drained was because we were having an important visitor in this week at school. It landed on a Friday so I had to ensure my books were up together. I’m very good at consistently marking, so I didn’t have a lot to mark, but I’m totally rubbish at marking whether the children were independent or not. I don’t know why I just don’t mark it independent/supported when I’m marking but I don’t. Although after this week it’s going to be different… I had to spend most of my mornings checking over 100 books. It took AGES and left me feeling unprepared for the school day. Lesson learnt. I now ensure the children put an I or a S for independent or supported. They need to help me out a bit! 😀

The second reason was having a standardisation course. I don’t mind going on courses but I’ve ended up with workload increasing after finding out what I was doing wrong. Luckily my teaching of reading has been noted as very good (Yay, the bookworm in me feels happy!) but I need to increase my children’s independence in writing and make sure that I don’t support them too much in their ideas. I do find this a struggle. They’re 6 and 7 and need some support to write. So I’m going to have to put my thinking cap on and think about how I can do this.

I’m hoping for a much more relaxed week this week. I’m super excited about comparing The Princess and The Pea and The Pea and The Princess in our reading time. I’m going to get them to write from the Pea’s point of view!

Just four school days (and an INSET day) until a week’s break. Let’s not think about those reports that I have to write in half term! 🙂

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Not enough time in the school day!

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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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 has not been a fun week for the work-life balance. Not the most awful by any means, but definitely the worst week I’ve had so far this year. The worst week for balance, I must say, not a bad week in general. I’m really enjoying my class despite my reservations about being back in Year 2. I just seem to always have so much to do. It didn’t help going to a course on Monday with other teachers. It’s lovely to see what everyone else is doing, but me being a perfectionist when it comes to my job, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough. Yet I’m not sure how I could possibly fit in anymore work into the school day without burning myself and the children out. I’m not prepared to do that. I’m also not going to spend my afternoons continuing Maths and English. Not every child excels at those subjects and I pride myself in teaching a full curriculum. Geography, Art, Science, History…. everything.

I have found some extra time to do what I call a ‘Maths Meeting’ with the children where we spend 10-15 minutes going over a reasoning question in Maths. They get strangely excited about Maths Meetings! Bless them. In Year 2, in the UK the children sit 6 standardised tests to see how much they’ve learnt in Key Stage 1. I’ve always been against testing children so young, so I try to do it in the most relaxed manner that I can. They don’t need the pressure. They’re 6 and 7!  I’m hoping if I can get them used to the test format then when they sit the tests in May they’ll be much more used to it.

I’m off on another course this week, but this time about standards in Reading and Writing. I can’t say I’m looking forward to it. I just need to remember not to compare to other teachers. I know my class love learning and I’m doing the best I can for them.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Pressure!

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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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!

So last week I was all about the outdoors-y fun learning. This week teaching hasn’t been as exciting for me. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before, but we do have Ofsted looming, which means they could come any day now to inspect our school. Therefore, we all seem to be running around like headless chickens trying to make sure every thing comes together. It’s times like these when I have work piled up on me that I try to realise what’s important in my job… the children!

My mum commented last week how little parents and others get to see into the life of a teacher. They don’t realise the hours we put in before 9am and after 3pm and more often than not weekends too. I have so many meetings before school, after school even during school! I also have countless things to get ready for as well as balance teaching every subject to my class.

I’m not complaining. I love my job and I think it’s one of the most worthwhile things a person can do. However, sometimes I just like to be reminded of why I love my job. When I’m running around completing paperwork it doesn’t remind me of my passion for the job and for helping children learn. 🙂 So I just need to make sure this week (aside from the stupid courses I have to go on for Year 2) that I remember to take stock and spend some time with my little ones!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Lots of fun outdoors!

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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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 was the first full week back at school after only 2 days last week. It was an unexpectedly outdoors-y week which was lovely. I like taking the children outside of the classroom even if it is cold/wet/miserable. I think it’s great for everyone to get out of the classroom environment. They spend so many hours in the same room that it’s not always the most inspiring.

We went out into the village to do some sketching and then the next day spent some time outside in our forest area making habitats for animals to live in during our Science time. It was so much fun and I had such a great time stepping back and watching how engaged the children were with their learning. It makes me proud that we’re a primary school that don’t just focus on the English and Maths and that we recognise the importance of other subjects. I don’t mean to get on my soap box, but so many schools in my local area and across the country are panicking about standards of English and Maths for testing in Year 2 and Year 6. A lot of schools are repeating English and Maths in the afternoon if the children don’t meet their learning objectives. I never want to work in a school like that.

I feel like I’ve got so much admin-y bits that I need to do next week, so it might not be so fun. However, it’s been a lovely reminder of what I love about my school.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A wonderful welcome 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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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 I returned to work for 2 days! It might seem pointless to go back for 2 days, but I felt like it was a nice, gentle way back into school life after 3 weeks off. Yes, 3 weeks! Unfortunately, I was poorly for the last week of school which meant I couldn’t teach/go to work. I was in hospital for a few days and then needed to recover. I’ve still got to scans to wait for, but I don’t think it’s anything major. I hate not being with my class, so I was very frustrated at being poorly. Oh well, it’s not something I could help.

The children were extra clingy these past two days. I think they missed me! They worked really hard for me which was adorable! I wasn’t expecting them to be so ready for learning during the first two days back. There’s a lot to look forward to for this term. I’m super excited that it’s not as long as the previous two half terms. I’m hoping the weather improves too, so I can get outside with my class. I love some outdoor learning!

I’m aiming to work really hard on being good to myself this half term. I’m making myself drink more water, making myself leave early at least 3 times a week and ensuring I don’t spend too much time outside of school working on school things. Teaching is a consuming job. It takes over your life and I’m working hard to find the balance for some ‘me’ time. Having only worked for one hour this weekend, I’m pleased with myself.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 4 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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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 am crawling to the finish line. 4 more working days to go until a little break. I’m so ready for it. The Christmas holidays seem to fly by because they’re so busy, but I can’t wait for some time to just read, relax and hopefully get some new pretty books.  I can’t help myself. I’m always thinking about books!

Our nativity production went really well and I was a very proud teacher. Many of my children had the main roles which was both nerve wracking and heart warming. A mixture of emotions! 😀 I’m glad it’s over though. Those damn songs won’t get out of my head!

I have a very busy week ahead of me. I have a Christmas meal out with colleagues, I have a Christmas carol service, a Christmas meal with the children, Christmas party and our Christingle service at the church. All in 4 days. It’s all go and I’m sure the children are going to be bouncing off the walls with their hyperness. Working in a school is pretty magical at Christmas time, but it’s also super stressful trying to keep them calm. It becomes much more like babysitting because you can’t get much out of them! 😀