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..

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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- Getting excited about next year!

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!

First of all, I’m sorry I didn’t post my diary post last Sunday. I was participating in a race for life event for a dear colleague who we lost last year to breast cancer. We raised over £1000 which is amazing.

School has been full on. There’s been a lot of discussion about class lists. It’s unbelievable how much work goes into putting a class together. I finally have my official class list and I’m meeting them for the first time on Friday morning. I’m really looking forward to it, but I do have a lot of challenges coming my way. I’m already getting excited about how I’m going to do things. I initially wasn’t moving classrooms, but I am now for access reasons for one of my new pupils. I’m going to take the move as a fresh start to revamp the classroom. I’m still going to be teaching 7-9 year olds which I’m very pleased about.

We have a school trip for the next two days completing many adventurous activities. Summer term is all go and I’m excited to spend the next fifteen school days with my current lovely bunch!

As for the blog, there will be a review or two coming your way this week. My later start on Monday and Tuesday will help me have the time to schedule the posts!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- So ready for a break… but not yet!

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!

It was only our 2nd week back at school although I feel like I’ve been back for about six weeks. I’m that tired. I’m hoping that this week will be better on the sleep front! I now have a provisional list for my new class in September and I’m excited. There’s going to be some challenges along the way (especially as I’ll be studying for my Masters at the same time!) but overall I’m very happy! I really need to start thinking about what I’m going to do with them when I meet them for a morning in a few weeks!

This week we’re jam packed full of activities, lessons and Sports Day. It’s going to be another full on week but I’m ready for it. We may have 5 more weeks to go but I’m going to make the most of them! I finally have a summer coming up where I don’t have to move classrooms!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Good news!

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 I returned to school after a lovely week’s break. I didn’t really do much with my break but that is exactly what was needed!

My class have been brilliant this week. I can’t believe I only have 30 more working days with them. That’s crazy to me. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been teaching them for that long. 🙂 I think they’re getting to the end of their tether with some of their classmates. A few arguments are popping up so I have to stamp down that on that this week.

I found out two bits of good news this week. Firstly, I’m staying with the age group I’m with at the moment! (7-9 years old) I’m so happy as this is the first year where I’m not going to need to move classrooms. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to have to sort out my classroom, but overall it will be much less work for me. Yippee!

I also found out that I’ve been accepted onto a Masters in Education. I’m still going to be teaching, but completing the degree part time over 3 years. 🙂 It’s something I’ve always wanted to do so I’m a very happy Chrissi. It means I’m going to have to be super organised in the classroom to ensure I have time for my studies. I’m glad I’ve scaled back on the blogging, because managing the three would be insane!

As for blogging, I’ve got two book reviews coming soon. This teacher is still reading, just not putting the immense pressure on myself to read constantly. It’s made things so much better for me! 🙂