A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Halfway through Autumn 2!

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 end of this week brings me to halfway through this 8 week half term. 4 weeks to go until a break! Strangely enough, it has gone really quickly, despite this being the longest half term in the school year. I think because we’re so busy it is flying by! I have such a busy week coming up, so I declared this weekend a no work weekend. I believe in being good to myself. 😉

This week has been a good one. I introduced quiet critters to my class that they absolutely adore. It’s just a little pom pom with googly eyes on a foam heart for feet. I got mine from Etsy. I didn’t have the time to make this for myself, so I was pleased to find some on Etsy.

Click on the image to get to Etsy store if you’re interested. 

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These little creatures have gone down an absolute treat. The children have them on the carpet to keep them quiet (the quiet critters don’t like noise…) and next to them when they work. It’s adorable. It’s working because if they get too loud, they get taken away. They don’t want to lose them so the noise level is much more manageable! It amazes me how much this has worked so far.

I’m really enjoying my current class because of the amount of work I’m putting in to forge good relationships with them. I’m ensuring that I have 1:1 conversations with the children that are not necessarily about school work. I’m doing this by picking a child a day to have lunch with. It’s working really well. The second I’ve called the register I get… ‘Who are you having lunch with today?’ It’s the sweetest thing.

Next week brings a course, a school trip, a long staff meeting ( 😦 ) and hopefully finishing our latest English unit… I’m hoping the next one inspires them more!

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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!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- This Is Why I Teach!

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 think this week’s post compared to last week’s just confirms why teaching is just such a roller-coaster of emotions.  I had a really good week, despite having to have an emergency wisdom tooth removal! That wasn’t a great start to the week and I really thought it was going to be a sign of a bad week, but it wasn’t. I was a bit of a grumpy teacher that day and I felt awful after. The next day, I gave a real talk to my class and explained that I was a bit grumpy because of the tooth pain. I gave them a little packet of Haribo to apologise! #teacherguilt

This week their behaviour has been so much better overall. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not been a magical cure. There are still some issues that we need to iron out. On the whole though, it’s been a great week. We’ve had a lot of laughs, started a new book for pleasure and I’ve had a successful and informative meeting with a family who are worried about their child’s education.

I had a wonderful moment when a child that was struggling with exchanging in subtraction with the column method completely nailed it. She wrote me a lovely comment about her getting the hang of it and it seriously made my day. I teared up whilst marking and realised moments like that, are moments that make all of the stress, worry and hard work totally worth it.

Another one of my school responsibilities this year is to run the School Council. Each class have a representative and we meet as a team to work on charity events and they help with some decisions to do with the running of the school. We had our first event on Friday which was a homemade biscuit sale after school to raise some funds for a local charity. It went so well. We’re meeting tomorrow to count all of the money and create a poster for our next event.

2 more working weeks until a week break! I’m hoping to finish up their writing, get some decent Maths completed and keep plugging my high expectations for behaviour.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- We Have A Problem!

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!

Oh gosh. This week has been a tough one. I think the honeymoon period with my new class is definitely over. 4 weeks in and they are really starting to push my buttons and test the boundaries. I feel like I’ve been a miserable teacher this week, forever moaning at them for their behaviour.

I’m going to try a zero tolerance approach this week to try and get the children back to where they were previously. It’s all low level behaviour like chatting when I’m trying to teach, but it’s just frustrating. They’re not very respectful of property either so that’s definitely something we need to refer to. I’m going to go back to our class charter of the rules that they decided at the start of the year. Let’s see how that goes!

On a more positive note, my first session of my after school Book Club went amazingly well. The children absolutely adored the first chapter of our book The Creakers. I can’t wait to meet them again tomorrow! 🙂 As a class we also finished our book The 13-Storey Treehouse which we were reading for pleasure! They absolutely loved the book and often laughed out loud which I adore. Every class that I have had really enjoyed reading and I’m pleased with that!

We also had a brilliant PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) lesson about emotions. I’m really trying to push PSHE this year and make sure I have time for it in my week. It’s often a subject that is pushed to the side and I think it’s important that we teach the children to be good people.

I’m hoping for a better week behaviour-wise! I have a lot to look forward to.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Excited about Times Tables!

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 a real mixed bag behaviour wise with my class. They’re by no means badly behaved but they’re so CHATTY. I’ve started a timer when they start wasting my time so they can earn it back in their break time (recess) and it seems to be working so far. Also, at home time when I was dismissing them, I quietly pointed to children that could go… after about 6 children had left, they twigged that I was sending quiet children out and the silence was then instant. I guess I’m going to have to work on little tricks like that to get them where I want them, but it’s still early days.

We are trialling Times Table Rockstars in our year group. The wonderful (sarcasm) government are bringing in a times table test for Year 4s (8-9 year olds) to sit at the end of the school year. The expectation is that all children know their tables up to 12 x 12 by the time they are 9. Now don’t get me wrong, I totally understand why they’re doing this and I do completely value times tables. However, I know we have a mountain to climb because times table knowledge in my class is below par. My class are LOVING Times Table Rockstars though. Through completing times tables correctly, they earn coins and then they can style their avatar! Some of them have earned over 11,000 coins already. I logged in today to set their times tables for the coming week and I could see that some children have been playing on it over the weekend! ❤ Bless them! I shall certainly make a big deal of those children tomorrow. I’m hoping with constant, daily work on times tables we will climb that mountain with ease!

I can’t believe Week 4 begins tomorrow! 🙂 We have some story writing ahead of us and I’m looking forward to what they produce!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Where has my class gone?!

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 Lower Key Stage 2. 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 second week of this half term brought with it an evil sickness bug! I have (so far *touch wood*) managed to escape it, but it has taken my support staff, some other teachers and LOADS of my class this week. It’s been insane. On one day I had seven children off! I’ve been super careful with washing my hands to make sure I don’t catch any of their germs. It’s been really intriguing to see how the dynamics of the classroom change when certain children are off. It really does make a difference.

I have another busy week ahead of me, with so much subject leader paperwork to sort out, some meetings with parents, some new interventions and that’s on top of the usual teaching. Fun, fun, fun! I do really enjoy my job, no matter how busy it makes me. I’m really beginning to see progress in the children’s work and that is SO rewarding. It makes everything worthwhile.