A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Progress is a wonderful thing!

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!

This week feels like it’s been very successful. It was full of Design and Technology, which isn’t my favourite thing, however the children got on well with their sewing and cooking activities. I think the fact they didn’t have to write as much (usually, they have to write every single day) helped their independent writing on Friday. Perhaps it was just the stimulus I used for writing, but either way I’ve seen some progress in my children’s writing and that makes me happy! 🙂 My class aren’t the best at writing, so to look at their independent piece this week and see improvement really impressed me. I’ll be sure to let them know how proud I was. Everyone likes to hear that!

I have another busy week coming up with many production rehearsals for our upcoming play. Yet another thing that they impress me with! I can’t believe we’re already going to be 4 weeks into our 6 week term! This term has flown by and I can’t believe it’ll soon be time for the summer term. I’m hoping that this is where I’m going to see the most progress. I can but hope!

In my personal life, I feel like I’ve had a much better balance this week. This weekend, I’ve spent more time with friends or reading than working which really helps my own well-being. I’m feeling more rested without the whole of Saturday being spent working! Let’s see if I can keep that up!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Some light relief!

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!

I’ve been feeling much better within myself this week. My anxiety has somewhat settled and I’ve put that down to finally giving in my reports to be seen by the headteacher. I say finally, but I am early! I really do think that organisation is key in teaching and although it can be hard to be and stay organised, you really do reap the benefits! Whilst my good friend and colleague is busily writing reports this weekend, I’m getting to spend time with my family which is lovely. I think you really have to work out what’s right for you, work/life balance wise- and it’s taken me a while to realise that!

Next week brings a different kind of week. We have a crazy busy week ahead including some sewing, cooking, production rehearsals… it’s all go! I’m looking forward to it though.

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Back for more!

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!

This week I returned to work after a week break. Well, I say a week break but I had reports to write so I barely stopped at all. Sad times. I’ve decided that apart from the obligatory planning that I have to do during the holidays, for the Easter break I’m actually going to have time off. I think I definitely need it.

I’ve got a busy half term coming up. We have a school production, parents evening and so much learning to be stuffed in! The time is flying by and before I know it we’ll be in the last term. Now that’s a scary thought!

Personally, I’ve had quite a hard week. My anxiety has been sky high for some reason. Work distracts me from my thoughts but I need to be sure I look after myself. I’ve had a few early (4pm) finishes to ensure I’m not spending too much time at school. I’m planning to do the same this coming week!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- I love seeing progress!

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!

I thought the last week of this half term would be a little more quiet than last week… but no. This week my class were writing up their stories and also learning about chunking in Maths. Chunking is all about division. I was faced with my first challenge really. My class are very mathematical, so when it came to teaching them to ‘chunk’ I was surprised to find out that they struggled! I’m so not used to them struggling in Maths.

That said, it didn’t take long for most of them to catch on to the method. It was great to see rapid progress before my eyes. On the Monday, they were ALL confused, by Wednesday most of them had got it and were confident with the method. This is why my job is SO rewarding. It definitely made my week!

I now have a week off, which might sound amazing to most, but I have so much work to do. I am going to squeeze time in to read and blog of course! We all need a bit of down time!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- My very needy 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 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!

This week has been completely full on. I really feel like I’ve cracked behaviour issues now. Whilst my class aren’t perfectly behaved (at least they keep me on my toes!) in the main part they behave well. They’re really starting to behave for others now which I’m pleased about. It’s taken me a lot longer with this class, but to be honest- they are incredibly challenging and I have some very needy/vulnerable children this year.

Dealing with emotional/vulnerable children, well, I think that’s one thing they don’t really teach you when you’re doing your teacher training. They mention it of course, but I don’t feel I was quite prepared for how much vulnerable children affect your own emotions. I’ve been dealing with one girl since last year who comes from a very vulnerable household (I won’t go into details) her home problems have really affected me. I find myself thinking about her at the weekend- wondering how she’s doing. I’m hoping with time it gets easier and I’ll learn to grow thicker skin. She’s not the only one in my class with problems- it’s draining my energy, that’s for sure.

I have one more week to go before a week off! It feels like it’s been a very long term for far, therefore I’m looking forward to having a break!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s amazing how much teaching distracts you!

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!

This week has been a really tough one in my personal life. Let’s just say there’s a LOT going on in my family. It’s shown me how much teaching really does consume my time. When I’m at work, my family are in my thoughts, of course, but being responsible for so many children and having to teach all day/all week does help distract you from your own thoughts. I’m not sure if that’s healthy or not, but I’m going with it at the moment.

My class are so much better these days… well for me. It seems every single time I’m not in the classroom-they play up! Any other teacher but me…they play up! They drive me insane! I should be pleased that they respect me so much but they need to learn respect for other adults as well. Hmm….

I’m really looking forward to the next week at school. We’re starting a story-writing unit. I’m excited to see what they come up with. My class aren’t the best at writing, they much prefer to do Maths, but I’m hoping writing a story of their own choice inspires them. We’ll see!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A mixed bag!

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!

This week has been a real mixed bag! It started off really well with the children working incredibly hard and really taking on our poetry module. From my previous experience, some children can find poetry difficult, so I think I was approaching it with slightly lower expectations than usual. They really got on board with it and all was good! I still do Science Club on a Monday, and that went really well this week too!

Tuesday was a great day professionally for me. I organised a reading event which was all about reading for pleasure. Something that is incredibly close to my heart. We had SO many children turn up with their parents and it was lovely to see children reading closely with their parents. 🙂 It made this teacher bookworm very happy indeed. I think hot chocolate enticed them but they were genuinely interested in the books.

I had an ICT conference on the Wednesday in London which was great fun. I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but it was great to see what’s about for education. I’m not sure if I’ll get any of the apps/programs that I want (money is so tight in schools at the moment) but it’s good to know what is out there!

My class behaved on that day for their supply teacher, however, they didn’t do as well in their work as usual. It was frustrating but I guess I should take it as flattering that they work their best for me! 😉

So all in all, a good if mixed week! We’ve started our new class book Gangsta Granny and we’ve had some much better behaviour which I’m pleased about.