So training days are over, getting to know you day are over, tomorrow the real teaching begins! Already have concerns about two teachers, the classroom management is not quite as it should be! Chaos at home time when the HT just happens to be in the corridor may have been just bad timing, so a quick chat and three possible solutions for a calmer dismissal were given, I left with a happier teacher. It’s been a long time since I was an NQT (well at least 10 years ago!) Trying to remember everything, children’s names would be good, then there’s school procedures, labelling books, behaviour management, and on it goes….so being supportive and “have you thought of doing it like this?”.
I also start my Y2 literacy and language class this week, very excited about that….being SLT is great but nothing beats whole class teaching!!!!!
Goodness, how long are days at school without children!!! Day 2 of INSET, some curriculum info which sounds fantastic! Then it was classroom time, great if you’ve got a classroom!!! So for me it was backing the boards in our office (4), no easy task when your wall stapler (named) has gone for a walk. So I’m happily backing away, when the head in adjoining office says “you doing mine too?” So 5 more boards later it was good to go back to some strategic planning!!! Tomorrow – how to get 450 children into the hall for Assembly in 5 mins!
So today was the 1st of 3 training days and my very 1st training session as a Senior Teacher! Armed with a Snoopy cartoon (remember him?) to calm my nerves and raise a smile I began. It went particularly well (in my head anyway!) lots of nods, questions, some audience participation and role play yes role play. The training was based around Doug Lemov’s Teach like a Champion. Doug is the managing director of the Uncommon Schools in New York, USA. He has written a book based around teaching techniques to improve teaching and learning. Our Academy is closely allied to the UnCommon schools model. Across our network of schools, most are in areas of high deprivation. My role is Lead Teacher for Teaching and Learning in EYFS and KS1. I have an oppo in KS2 to share my office with and bounce ideas of. Our main aim is to ensure that our children are exposed to the best teaching not just when teachers are being observed but all day every day! I think we’ve got our work cut out!!!!!😃
So tomorrow I deliver my 1st CPD session to the whole staff 30+ based around Doug Lemov’s Teach like a Champion. Feeling slightly sick! Been at my school a term so far so still getting to grips with being a Senior Leader. Also move into my very first office, scared and excited all at once.
This is part off the #SLTcamp blog challenge. So here it is. So who am I? I’m a 40 something Lead Teacher at an Academy in Birmingham. My area is EYFS and KS1. I’ve been teaching for 11 years now. I had a previous life before teaching. This included being a trained chef, grocer, golf shop manager, dental nurse, waitress to name a few….
I love what I do now, it’s amazing…. So with the new academic year just starting so will my blog. Happy reading, I hope you will find it interesting, funny and maybe just a little bit wacky! Most people think I’m on the Autstic spectrum somewhere, mainly because I see things very differently from everyone else…👀