A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 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 2 years with 6-7 years, 2 years with 7-9 and I’m now starting the third year of teaching 7-9 years old. 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 a long one! I don’t know if I was exhausted from the week before, but I found this week to be a struggle. Don’t get me wrong, my class are (mainly) very good, but their listening skills have definitely slipped this week. I need to be on that straight away this week. I’ve had so many compliments about what a lovely class they are and we need to definitely live up to that expectation!

I definitely have to kick start our fundraising this week for the school. I haven’t had all of the children in the team at school as they’ve been on a residential trip. I’m definitely going to meet them tomorrow and get the ball rolling. So much to be done, if we want to raise lots of money!

There’s more scrutiny this week at work. I’m trying to not let it get to me. The reason why we’re having so much, is to improve after our ‘lovely’ visit from inspectors last year. I’ve just got to keep doing what I do and improve my practice whenever I can. I’m never one to think that I can’t improve. That’s the thing about working in education, you’re constantly learning yourself and I love that.

As for blogging, I have a few posts coming up this week. I definitely need to get in a better groove, but life is kicking my ass at the moment and I don’t have a lot of reading time. I’m glad I don’t stress to much about that now. There’s really no point! I have learnt to let it go if I don’t have a daily post out. I daily posted for almost 6 years and that was an incredible achievement, but I started to lose the excitement around blogging. Now I like to blog, when I want to and that’s okay with me! 🙂

Have a great week all!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Observation and New Beginnings!

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 2 years with 6-7 years, 2 years with 7-9 and I’m now starting the third year of teaching 7-9 years old. 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 knew this week was going to be hectic with some very, very busy days. I had an observation in Maths which went really, really well. I have put a LOT of effort into my Maths planning and teaching so to see it paying off is great. I do need to thoroughly look at their Maths books this week because we have a Maths book scrutiny this week. Can you tell that we’re focusing on Maths this year? Ha!

I had a lovely meeting with some of our children for ideas for fundraising to raise money for the school. They’ve got so many wonderful ideas which really makes me happy. I hope we can raise a lot of money this year and have lots of fun while we do so!

This week I also enrolled on my Master’s degree and had my first Saturday lecture day. I am so excited to get stuck into my Master’s. Next year, I’ll be writing a dissertation on a chosen topic to do with something at school. I really think the Master’s will enhance my teaching style. I’m excited to see where it takes me.

My class aren’t as angelic as they were, but they’re still really hard workers and I’m really enjoying getting to know them. Long may this positivity continue!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s been a 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 2 years with 6-7 years, 2 years with 7-9 and I’m now starting the third year of teaching 7-9 years old. 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, I have now had my class for just over a week and I’m pleased to report…they’re adorable and SO well behaved. I was so tentative last week because usually new classes are good for a bit and then their true colours start to shine through. Ha! Don’t get me wrong, they’re not perfect (they are children… they are occasionally chatty and loud!) but 90% of the time they are on task, quiet and focused. They’ve been a pleasure to teach so far.

This week we started our proper lessons. We had a settling in period and then have started our academic timetable this week. They’ve adapted well. I have a few potential slow workers but on the whole, they’ve been fabulous. I’m not used to a quiet class when they’re working. It’s lovely…if a little disturbing. I’m so used to telling my class to be quiet so often! I should make the most of the peace and quiet. I find it amazing that they’re not following me around the room asking me for help, or by my side when I’m teaching a small group. They sit quietly and put their hand up if they’re stuck. I’m not complaining. It’s just disconcerting for them to be so good and so focused early in the school year.

One thing I’ve noticed about my class this year is how well they get on. They’re so lovely to each other and incredibly supportive of one another. I teach a mixed year group so I have 15 Year 3 (7-8 year olds) and 15 Year 4 (8-9 year olds) and the older children are taking care of the younger ones. It is the sweetest thing. I feel blessed to have such a sweet class. Long may their awesome attitude continue!

I have an observation in Maths this coming week. I’m nervous about that, but hopefully everything goes okay! I shall let you know..

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- My 5th Year begins!

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 2 years with 6-7 years, 2 years with 7-9 and I’m now  starting the third year of teaching 7-9 years old. 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!

Those that have been here for a while…can you believe I’ve started my 5th year of teaching? It has flown by. I’ve got a busy year ahead with some ideas of how I’d love to develop my teaching and the start of my Masters degree whilst teaching full time.

I went back to school on Thursday and had such a lovely time with my new class. I know it’s pretty much the honeymoon period, but they were so well behaved it was adorable. I think there are potentially a few that could push my buttons after a while, but on a whole they’ve already made a good impression on me. Let’s see what happens this week when we begin ‘real’ work. Ha! It’s very much team building activities at the moment so they haven’t really had to sit down and write or do Maths/other curriculum areas. By next week, I would’ve taught ‘proper’ lessons so we’ll see what their behaviour is like then. I do want to remain hopeful though! Next week, I’m going to ensure I keep up high expectations for behaviour to ensure they keep behaving like the little angels they have been. I don’t want to get complacent because they’ve been fabulous so far.

I’ve decided to keep up having lunch with the children, because last year, I built so many positive relationships which was so important to me. 🙂  I’m so happy to be back with the children and can’t wait to spend the year with them!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Goodbye 4th Class

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 was as emotional as I expected. I think where I invested so much in building relationships, I ended up having really strong relationships with my class. I have thoroughly enjoyed this year with them and I was super sad to see them leave on Friday. I did have a few tears, I admit. So many of my class were emotional to leave me. I know very well that they’ll be like this with their next teacher but it’s so touching to see the connection they have with you in that moment.

I am officially on my summer break and whilst I need to sort out a new classroom and complete planning during this time, I am looking forward to relaxing and getting caught up on some reading! I’m also going away with my sister, Beth which I’m thoroughly looking forward to.

I want to get some work-related reading done this summer as well. I’m intending to adapt my teaching style for some children that I have in my class in September. 🙂

This feature will return again in September! Happy summer everyone!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Just 5 working days left!

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!

Forgive me for feeling a little emotional this week. I can’t believe I only have 5 more working days left with my current class. I feel really attached to this class. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some rough times with some silly behaviour but on the whole they’ve been incredible. I have such a wonderful range of characters in my class. Some that taste my patience, some that I adore… but on the whole I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them. I think because I’ve invested so much time in building relationships with them this year that it’s built a wonderful connection. I know I’m going to miss them that’s for sure. Moving forward, I intend to keep up the lunch with every student (1:1 time not in the classroom is precious!) and sending postcards home for good behaviour.

I am looking forward to moving classrooms (initially I wasn’t because it’s so much work!) and sorting out how it’s going to look. I do spend a lot of my summer in school, but it’s usually worth it as my classroom is always how I want it from Day 1. This year is going to be interesting, that’s for sure. I’m taking on my Masters part-time alongside teaching so I’m going to have to be a super organised bean to make sure my teaching doesn’t suffer.

I’m ready for a break from teaching and hopefully getting plenty of reading/blogging done over the break. Just one more post of this sort before a break from this feature for 6 weeks!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Meeting my new class!

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!

Can you believe there’s only 10 more working days left of the school year? I can’t believe I’m going to have to say goodbye to this class soon. 😦 I’ve really enjoyed them. Don’t get me wrong, there’s been some challenging times, but overall I’ve loved teaching this group of children.

This week has been pretty full on. We had an amazing school trip over 2 days. I really enjoyed being outside with them and seeing the children that aren’t academically minded shine in more physical activities. I also met my new class for September on Friday. They look like they could be a great bunch. I have a real mixture of characters and learning styles that I’m already anticipating. I think I’m going to have to adapt my teaching style to include more visual learning, but I’m definitely up for that challenge. 🙂

I’m looking forward to the week ahead! We’re doing lots of creative activities and I’m excited for that!