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A day in the life …

A day in the life ….

Ever wondered what it’s like to teach…?

06:20​ Alarm.

06:50​ Off to work after checking in on mum.

06:55 ​ Call in to son’s to feed cat as he’s away on business.

07:25 ​ Arrive to work.
​ Log on to computer in my office.
​Unpack marking that I did last night.
​ Print off work that I emailed from home.

07:35​ Go to staff room.
​ Photocopy work for L2 and for tomorrow.

07:40​ Go to R80 to log on to computer.
​ Set up, re-thread and fix sewing machines ready for L1.
​ Switch on white board and upload lesson info.

08:00​ Go to R90 to log on to computer.
​ Switch on white board and upload lesson info.
​ Check work and put out onto desks ready for L2.

08:10​ Sorting out work for my group that the cover teacher is taking whilst I’m taking an absent colleague’s exam group.

08:20​ Check email for important messages.
​ Print off two emails for pupils.

08:25​ Continue sorting out work for cover teacher.

08:35​ Go to R80 to teach L1 (Textiles, Y8).

09:35​ Dismiss Y8 and head off to R90 to teach L2 (Y11 GCSE group) – their teacher is on long-term absence.

10:35​ Dismiss Y11 and cut across corridor to take my Guidance group – today’s topic is “Mental Health” – pass on the two messages.

11:00​ Back to my office.
​ Print off photos taken during L2.

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​ Put photos into pupils folders ready for their next lesson on Monday.
​Boil kettle to make first cuppa of the day then decide there’s no time.
Grab a bottle of water.

11:15 ​ Go to R80 again to teach L3 (Textiles, Y9).

12:15​ Dismiss Y9 pupils.
​ Open bottle of water!
​Need toilet.

12:20​ Go to office, check emails.
​ Got to another building to sort out issues with some pupils throwing pizza in a corridor.
​ Begin investigation by talking to several staff to find out what happened.

12:45​ Arrive back at office.
​ Make breakfast – Ready Break.

12:55​ Go through class lists to narrow down culprits – down to five possibles.

13:15​ Head over to Student Services to issue “call back” notices to five pupils.
​ Sorted out two other issues on the way.

13:45. Arrived back in office.
​ Checked list of jobs that I’d hoped to do today to see what could be done in 15 mins.

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​ That’s only the lesson related jobs!
​Tidied away all the dry Y7 tie dyed fabrics.

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13:55​ Head off to R80 for L5 (Textiles, Y8).

14:00​ Y8 arrive.

15:00​ Dismiss Y8.
​ Keep one boy back for misbehaving.
​ The five pizza boys fail to arrive for their “call back”
Still need to go to toilet.

15:05​ Telephone Student Services – they arrived there and are being directed to me.

15:15​ Boys still fail to arrive.
​ Telephone Student Services again to arrange detention for them for failing to attend.

15:20​ Arrived five mins late to meeting.
​Oooooo cake!
​Group discussion.
​Sitting next to cake.
​ Too distracting.
​ No one will ever know!
Brush crumbs off blouse

16:25​ Back to office to begin tasks.
​ Lesson planning for tomorrow first.
​ No … hold on … finally go to toilet!

16:35​ Difficult meeting with staff member that I line manage.

16:55​ Information to write up regarding another incident.

17:00​ Back to lesson planning.

17:15​ L1 complete – easy as mostly already done.

17:20​ Finished tidying drawer … procrastination at its worst!

17:25​ Begin planning L2-5.
​New textiles project for Y7 pupils.

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​Before I forget, phone parents about Y10 boy whose failing to meet deadlines with coursework.
​ Get back to planning.

19:35​ Sister (just out of hospital) phones … mam’s got no electricity … will I go and see if I can do anything?

19:40​ Phones mam … she’s had no electricity since 08:30 this morning.
​ Log off.
​The rest of the work will have to wait.

19:50 ​Leave work.

20:20​ Arrive at son’s house (who’s now home) to fill up flask with boiling water.
​ Beds and baths offered … we’ll see how it goes.

20:40​ Arrive at local pizza shop.
​ Walk around to get some milk while pizza cooking.
​Collect pizza.

20:55 ​ Arrived back at mam’s.

21:00​ Pizza shared … first hot food she’s had all day.
​ Oh yes … first cuppa of the day!

21:30​ Second cuppa.
​ Flask emptying quickly.
​ Men outside digging up path!

22:25​ Woohoo electricity back on.

22:30​ Workman came to door to check on mam … somewhat handsome and here’s me in my PJs!

22: 45​ Phone hubby to wish him good night didn’t mention handsome workman did I say I was working away from home at the moment?

23:00​ BED!!!

I have to say that the saving grace of today was that it was Thursday …. if it had been Tuesday or Friday it would have also been duty day which means a long walk to the other side of the school site three times per day to stand in the cold and shepherd wayward souls.

So next time hubby says “What you been doing all day?” I think I’ll just pass on this URL.

The irony of it is … I’ve been so busy, this all happened last Thursday!!

Tired again, good night!

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I’ve been learning to teach for almost 20 years now … I say “learning” because every day brings new challenges and just when you think that you’ve conquered this whole teaching malarkey someone or something throws a spanner in the works and you’re back to the drawing board.

Now normally it’s the Government … but I’ll save that rant for another post!!

I’m currently teaching out of my comfort zone … having trained in Design Technology I’ve taught Product Design, Electronics and Engineering for 15 years but have been doing long-term supply, teaching Home Economics in my current school.  The children are quite surprised to learn that I have a welding certificate!!

This particular spanner was completely of my own doing … I thought that all eventualities had been covered: bowls, sieves, wooden spoons etc. lay in nice neat piles for collection by the pupils.  All the ingredients that I required for the demonstration were strategically placed on the centre table and the whiteboard displayed a carefully crafted recipe:

  • 50g margarine
  • 2 x 15ml spoon (tablespoon) of icing sugar
  • 50g plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 x 15ml spoon custard powder

…complete with learning intentions and success criteria and a beautiful picture of what the end product was going to look like:

My Delicious Empire Biscuits

Things were going as well as could be expected … the children had creamed the fat and sugar and were waiting expectantly for me to impart a few words of wisdom.  Gathered around the centre table, they’re hanging onto every word and I picked up what I thought was the dish with the specified quantity of plain flour and sieved it into my mixture.  Picking up the other dish to add 1 x 15ml spoon of custard powder … I realised that I’d mixed the two up!!

To be fair, at this point I could have bluffed my way through … they didn’t know what was in the dishes!!  My old Head Teacher always used to say, “Cordelia, you’re too honest for your own good!” … I was never really too sure if it was a compliment or not … but I’ve always maintained that, “honesty’s the best policy” and if you expect it from children then you have to lead by example…!

“That’s what happens when you talk and work at the same time, but of course you’re not going to make that mistake because you’re not going to be chatting!!” I said emphatically as they giggled.  Then, taking heed of the poster on the wall:

Picture courtesy of the internet

…I completed rolling and cutting then put the biscuits into the oven (150 °C / Gas Mark 4 for 15 mins) and the pupils completed their recipes using the correct ingredients!!

You’re wondering what they tasted like now aren’t you? Delicious (if I do say so myself) … I also appear to have inadvertently discovered Millie’s Cookies secret recipe for gooey white chocolate cookies 🙂

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