Aim 2: Alter My Planning Methods

I have used the iDoceo app for about 5 years now. It was an incredible tool in my previous school where I was doing something completely novel with each class that crossed my path.

However, times have changed. I now find myself in the envious position of repeating 6 lessons 3 times in a week. Yes, that’s right, I only have to plan a grand total of 6 lessons each week and simply tweak them to meet my learners needs or time constraints.

I actually have time to plan a beautiful lesson! With complete resources! Which will be used time and time again! My days of using iDoceo to scribble down ideas which didn’t need custom resources are over. Hooray! (Did I cram enough exclamation points in there?)

So what have I done instead? I’ve gone back to the Stone Age of course! I have an A3 paper calendar with my classes on. I scribble on the lesson name and note any calendar clashes (for example sports day, swimming galas etc). My actual lesson plans are part of my Keynote/Powerpoint presentation, stored in the presenter notes section. My lessons, for some time now, have been ordered 1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4a etc. Each lesson has it’s own number. Then all the resources linked to it are given a letter with the main keynote/Powerpoint having the ‘a’ designation. This makes it so easy to find resources and without the need for endless amounts of folders within folders.

I have trialled this calendar for a month. There are certainly some issues – the need for tippex is the main one! I also don’t have quite enough space to write some details on. I think that is because I’m tempted to write more on the calendar than I need to. I must remember the details of the starters, plenaries etc are on my MacBook.

Maybe I could look into using a digital calendar? Perhaps a thought for next year!

Love, cuddles and death stares,

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A year in review…

After not logging onto my site, let alone posting anything, for months now, I wonder if setting up this blog has been worth it.

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The answer is, yes. Those initial blogs, written in the summer when I had loads of energy and enthusiasm, did indeed set the tone for the year. I put in place some practices which I am proud of and will use again next year. Other things were less successful… but surely that is the point of CPD? Constantly pushing yourself and being unafraid to experiment with something new?

I have, however, failed to update this blog regularly. There were two main reasons for this. Firstly, it became onerous. These weren’t my private notes. They were articles, each written and edited with the appropriate pictures, pinterest worthy pins and links. Just remembering to take photographs was too much effort, let alone editing them! For any full time teacher this is far too much work on top of our usual workload.

Secondly, I was afraid to be judged by my colleagues and found lacking. In my head, the expectation was that every teacher knows how to write a snappy article with an easy to follow ‘voice’. My writing is, quite simply, not like that.

I also feared backlash should this blog be linked to the real me, in my real job. What would my head say if she knew I ‘accidentally’ misplaced some homework sheets when my mountain of marking became too much? It was too much risk.

So I’m going to allow this blog to become itself. To truly become a teaching diary of successes and failures. And failures there will be a plenty! Should my Head Teacher get wind of it – well, I won’t be mentioning my school by name so I’m hoping by not pulling the school into disrepute I’ll get away with it. Let’s see how that pans out shall we?

Love, cuddles & death stares,

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