Chrissi’s Class Reads #7

I’ve read 5 more books with my class and thought I’d share them with you today. At the moment I teach 6-7 year olds. We’re currently making our way through a book for pleasure (these books have had either a writing or reading purpose) but I’ll mention it when we finish! 🙂

Last Stop On Market Street- Matt De La Pena

Last Stop on Market Street

This is such a sweet story. It’s about a young boy who doesn’t appreciate what he has until he is shown how privileged he really is. I used it to get the children to think about how lucky they were and to compare the main character’s area to their own!

The Utterly Otterleys- Mairi Hedderwick

The Utterly Otterleys

A cute story all about otters who try to find a new home but realise there wasn’t anything wrong with theirs in the first place. It’s adorable. Again, it’s about being grateful for what you have.

The Princess and The Pea- Hans Christian Andersen

The Princess and the Pea

I was inspired to use this book recently when I attended a course. It’s a well known fairy tale (I love fairy tales… see Fairy Tale Friday…) and I think it’s so important that children still read or are read these classics.

The Pea And The Princess- Mini Grey

The Pea And The Princess

I read the children this book before they created their own story of The Pea and The Princess. You won’t believe the quality writing I got out of this task!

Tidy- Emily Gravett

Tidy

This has been our latest read. It was ever so sweet. It’s about Pete the badger, who wants to keep the forest tidy. He ends up covering it in concrete but soon realises that was a very bad idea…

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Crazy busy!

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!

Phew, this week has been a little tough going looking after 5 little ducklings and 30 small people. If you didn’t read my post last week, you’ll be wondering why I’m going on about ducklings. Well, I decided it would be a good idea for the children to hatch duckling eggs. They’ve been absolutely loving it. We ended up with 5 ducklings out of 6 eggs, but unfortunately we lost one on Monday morning. The children were absolutely brilliant about it though and although they were a little sad, they were happy to have four happy, healthy ducklings.

Here are pictures of them, as requested!

What with cleaning out ducklings frequently, checking they’re fed and watered and teaching 30 children- this week was crazy busy. I feel like I didn’t have time to pause this week. It was all go.

We’re working on an extended piece of writing for the next two weeks about the ducklings. The children are really engaged with this task and I’m getting such wonderful pieces of writing. 🙂 Talk about an experience enhancing writing. It makes me a very happy teacher.

It’s getting to the point (with 2 weeks to go before Easter break) where gossip is starting about who is teaching what/where from September. I hate this time of year. It sets my anxiety on edge. I like to know where I am so I can prepare myself. I’m trying to remain calm about it though and just take things as they come. I have a feeling there’s going to be a big shake up of staffing… only time will tell!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Duckling Crazy

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 post is totally coming to you much later on a Sunday and that is down to 5 little ducklings…

At the beginning of this year, I decided that it would be a great idea for my class and parallel classes to hatch ducklings. It was a great idea. The children are absolutely loving it. I’ve had to take them home for the weekend as it was my bright idea. Ha! I have spent the weekend being completely absorbed by them. I have barely done any reading. I’m more interested in them! 🙂 The company we used is totally ethical and we think some parents might buy the little ones anyway so that makes me happy.

I have really enjoyed sharing the experience with the children. They have loved caring for them and we have 5 more days of fun with the little ones. I think they’ve learned so much through this experience. It really has been a pleasure to see them learn so much through this.

I’m also really pleased with how other ‘projects’ of mine are going in the school. 🙂 All in all a very successful week workwise.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- 2 Snow Days!

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!

Well, this was an unexpected week! It really was one of oddest I’ve had so far this year!

It started with me completely losing my voice at the start of the week for no apparent reason. I hadn’t been shouting a lot, hadn’t had a cold… it was all very strange. Teaching, without a voice, is incredibly tricky. However, I persevered, using technology to help out a bit. I used text to speech apps and I also typed instructions for the children. Luckily, my class are such good readers! 😉

We had warnings of snow all week, but down in my part of the UK, we rarely get snow. How wrong I was! By Thursday we were completely snowed in. I got two unexpected days off. It felt like I really needed those days. I’m somewhat ashamed to say I didn’t use the time to catch up on all things school. I shouldn’t feel teacher guilt for not doing work on a day off, but I totally had the teacher guilt. Yet, I did feel really poorly, so I spent the time reading, relaxing and watching Netflix. I also had left my laptop and USB stick at school as I really didn’t expect the snow…Excuses, excuses!

Next week is going to be a bit of a catch up week. We can’t start our new English unit as expected as we didn’t finish the current unit due to snow days! I also really need to crack down on spellings. My class are becoming such wonderful writers but their spelling leaves a lot to be desired.

Onwards and upwards!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A long but happy 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 week I returned to school after a week’s break. Well, I say a week’s break but I spent the week writing reports for my class that are out later in March. Why did I spend my week off doing it? It’s totally because I get really tired/stressed during term time so adding reports to the mix does nothing for my work-life balance. I like to have my evenings and one day of the weekend completely free. I’ve got really good at ensuring I have that time for me.

I feel like this week has gone on forever. I seriously can’t believe I’ve only been back for a week. It definitely feels like at least three weeks! It’s been a busy one with meetings a plenty and the clubs that I run. I had such a high turn out for interest in my school paper. I was very overwhelmed, but it should be a lot of fun. Hopefully that’ll properly launch this week. Exciting times!

It completely slipped my mind that I had an observation this week. I remember now that I agreed on the last week of half term to be observed on the first week back. As I was so busy, I completely forgot about my observation until the head of Maths checked it was still okay the day before. My observation went really well (I think!) and I’m wondering if it’s because I didn’t have the chance to stress about it before the big day. Hopefully I’ll get some feedback at some point this coming week!

I’m feeling positive about this half term! Long may it continue.

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!

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! 🙂