A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher-Girls, girls, girls…

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 my goodness, this week has been a week of DRAMA! I have about 6 girls in my class who have intense friendship issues. They always nitpick at each other, give each other ‘looks’ or are just generally unkind. I have had numerous parents in moaning about the other girls and I’m pretty much just done with girl drama. These girls are 8-9 years old and are already having issues. I reached the end of my tether this week. Every single day they whine about each other and I’d just had enough. They ended up talking through their problems with me and we worked out that they were quite petty problems that they shouldn’t be bothering me/disrupting learning time with.

I’ve decided to stage a friendship intervention with them this week. Tomorrow, I’m going to take them out of assembly and spend some time going through a friendship drama meter with them. It’ll hopefully teach them when to come to me with a problem and when they can learn to talk it through themselves.

I also have parent/teacher meetings this coming week. I’m dreading them due to the fact that I’m sure parents will bring up this friendship drama issue. At least if I can talk to them about my friendship intervention then it’ll help greatly and hopefully reassure the parents that I am doing something to address it.

Wish me luck… I think I may need it this week. At the end of the week though, I have 5 working days off. Yippee! 🙂

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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- Why am I repeating myself?

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 can’t believe I’m at the end of my second week of school already. This time next week we’ll be halfway through the term. Craziness! I’ve had another lovely week with my class. There’s a few that are pushing the boundaries, but in the main part they’re wonderful. We’re really starting to get into a routine which is great. I have to say, so far, this class have been my only class where I’m not terrified when the head or head of lunchtime staff come up to me at the end of lunch time. All of my other classes had a child who was fond of misbehaving and I used to dread the end of lunch time. Long may it continue.

The issue I’m having with this class at the moment is them constantly ask what they’re doing after I’ve given instructions and repeated them at least 3 times. I always check if they’re all okay, before I send them off to work and they all nod. Yet 2 minutes later, I’m being called over to ask what it is they’re doing! Any teachers out there have any tips for me? I used to write a Steps To Success with my old 7-9 year old class and I’m wondering whether to bring that back again. I’m like a broken record most of the morning.

We don’t really have too much going on for the coming week, aside from the normal lessons jam packed into the day. My aim is to begin to teach them how to edit effectively, set their homework up and work on them listening more and hopefully reduce the amount of them asking ‘What is it we’re doing again?’

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Hello 4th Year Of Teaching!

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 it’s my 4th year of teaching? Shout out to those on this blog that ‘knew’ me before my teaching days! Thanks for sticking around those of you that put up with this personal post every Sunday during term time!

This week I returned to work. I’m back in Year 3/4 and I’m ever so happy about that. One of the learning support assistants asked me how it felt being back in juniors and I honestly told her it was like coming home. I really enjoy teaching 7-9 year olds. They’re a bit more independent, but still need you. They understand sarcasm, they get jokes. It’s just a lovely time. Don’t get me wrong, they can also seriously push the boundaries… but my 4th class? So far, so good.

We didn’t really get up to much this week. It was very much easing into the school routine once more, which was very much needed. I was absolutely exhausted by the end of each school day. I haven’t exactly been having lie ins during the 6 week break either. I did get them to do an assessed piece of independent writing at the end of the week. It told me exactly what they’ve remembered from back in July. I have some that have amazing potential and some that are going to take a bit of work…

They all seem very eager to please at the moment! Long may that continue! 🙂

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Goodbye, Year 2…Time for 6 weeks off!

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 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!

Yes, you read that right. It’s time for me to have 6 glorious weeks off! Well, I say off, but I do need to move classrooms and set up a new one which takes a good few weeks. However, it’s time for me to rest, relax and read.

I hate it when people moan at teachers for the amount of time we have off. Yes, it seems like ages, but people who don’t know teachers think that we have all of the time off. Not the case. Who do you think gets the classroom ready, the exercise books ready, the planning done for the lessons we’ll teach? The classroom is not the only piece of work that we do. Also, I practically do 10-12 hour days 5 days a week. I work every Saturday for at least half the day. I often have to stay late for meetings or work at an event at the weekend… all without overtime. So the summer holidays? I’m claiming my overtime! Rant over…

This week was lovely. I spent the week with very little arguments between the children! That was a shocker. I’m not always the biggest fan of the last week of term because it’s so unstructured and I enjoy my structure. However, I feel we gave the children chance to wind down and spend time with me (the nature of the classroom means I can’t always give each child the attention they deserve!) I wasn’t as sad to see this class go, as I have been my other two classes. I don’t know whether it’s because it wasn’t my preferred age range, or just if I’m becoming more hardened.

I’m looking forward to relaxing and catching up on some blogging. This organised teacher plans to get loads of blog content scheduled, as the start of the school year is insanely busy! This feature will return in September! 🙂