Stress is something we live with every day and teaching is recognised as one of the most stressful professions, so now is the time to do something about this!
Personally I have spent time learning about #mindfulness and I am now blogging on a regular basis about it and my journey to a reduced stress life, this can be found here.
@MartynReah has introduced the #teacher5aday posts on twitter and for April a #stressawarenessmonth, with different people providing resources and activities that you can do to help reduce your stress. He has a blog post about it here
Print these out as large as possible and stick it in your staffroom - the powerpoint file at the end of the blog post contains both of the large and small #stressawarenessmonth calendars in a printable format.
The Powerpoint file below contains both the large and small pocket size #stressawarenessmonth calendars
Please excuse the poor quality of the work as I take you through my recent 6 month journey...
Getting slowly better, and then I got the circle bug...
Not bad for a girl who was told she couldn't draw huh?
So, where do I go from here... answers on a postcard (comment) below please....
I was asked a while ago what my best memory of my job was, to be honest I struggled to find just one and to put it into words. I thought about it for quite some time and felt there were many that I could have cited; some of them are:
* The day my deaf pupil told me that I had the clearest voice and he understood me.
* The lesson my students "got" the different colours you saw with filters and why.
* The lesson we had fun with the 'Bog roll solar system' so we could understand the distances involved.
* The lesson where many a student proclaims "Now I get it!"
* The lesson where a student says "Is this ALL it is..."
That's when I realised they all had something in common - it was those times we hadn't given up when something was hard, when the students and I had persevered and kept going. We had tried different ways, different models, different 'hooks' and one of them had clicked - they had GOT IT!
These are the moments that I refer to as the "Light bulb" moments, when that expression of joy passes over one of my student's faces and they understand. It can be something simple or something very complex - but they get it :-) The struggle to understand is over!
It always surprises me how easily students (and sometimes teachers) give up when something seems too hard - those fatal words "I don't get it" or "I can't do it" are uttered and the student stops trying... how close were they to understanding? We will never know...
But for those that did, the moment is a joy to behold, the light bulb turns on - they understand, they get it, they are "right chuffed" with themselves...
So - what is my best memory of my job? It is not one, but many - every time a light bulb turns on and a student understands, every light bulb moment, every face showing joy when they understand... This is why I teach!
Out into the playground we all trouped - and who should follow us..... But AN INSPECTOR!!!! ARGHHHH!
But all went as planned, students enjoyed the lesson and had fun, they learnt, they behaved.... and me, well I made it into the report as an innovative NQT.
The labs were second to none, the teaching resources were outstanding. The Science technicians always went the extra mile, as did the staff.
I had great exam results, taught great students and helped to send them off into the world as young men. I set up new courses and developed new extra curricular programmes. I ran my own team and never did I once regret working in a private school.
I had the pleasure of an HMI visit while teaching here, it was very different to OFSTED as not only was our teaching under scrutiny but also the boarding houses and entire pastoral provision. We passed again with flying colours - although this time I am glad to say I didn't get "seen" :-)
Who am I and what have I done?
I felt it was time to share a little more of the history and experience that makes me who I am today - it was a little scary when I thought about it and quite how long I have been a teacher or in teaching in one form or another - so here goes.
Part 2.... "Time to teach" coming soon....
2013-14 has been a tough year for me, I have lost dear friends and colleagues, my support network fell apart and there have been times I have wondered do I really have the energy and drive to even get up today.... but I did...
I will be adding a page shortly about what I did this year to achieve these results...
KS5 help wall here
Revision from day 1 here
Tracking and data here
more to come on this
Marking and feedback here
more to come on this
Students taking responsibility here
More updates as and when I add pages...
My grandfather flew in the Lancaster during WWII, he is a former Sgt in the RAF. He's 93 and received the Bomber Command Clasp at the RAF Families Day at RAF Odiham last year. He was a Wireless Operator-Air Gunner (WOp/AG), in 50 Squadron, 5 Group, Bomber Command, based at RAF Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire.
I would really like to get a picture of the 2 Avro Lancaster bombers flying for him and I was wondering if my Twitter family could help me? I really want to make my grandfather a webpage and video with images and videos of the 2 Avro Lancasters, but I am limited on where I can get to... Can you my Twitter family help make this wish come true for me - can you help me do this?
The images below are not mine, they are for illustration purposes and provided by the web hosting service, via a creative commons licence.
Which marking pile would you prefer? Which do you think would motivate the students to taking ownership of their books and their work?.... Time for a poll I think...
SLE, Science AST, Coaching trainer, Learning & Teaching coach, ITT mentor, professional tutor been in this job for many years - always happy to help. Always looking for new ideas!