Reveries of a Solitary Teacher: 5 (August 2015)

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Love it, loathe it, long for it… like it or not, it is that time of year again. Axl Rose quite succinctly makes clear that ‘yesterday’s got nothin for me-e-e’ and it is to the future that I must begin to look again.

Holidays are drawing to a close and the constant ring of the timetable and the burden of deadlines and accountability will again be shouldered. This year I turn 30 and I’m going in from a more informed position than I have in previous years but am sure there will be obstacles ahead!

I have previously blogged about the advantage of moving schools however this year I am able to hit the ground running in a much more significant way than last.  It brings fresh opportunities for me and I am very excited by the prospect of working across a range of keystages and subjects.

From September I am spending a morning a week working with some of our local feeder schools, I am teaching English and Drama with KS3, GCSE English Literature and Language plus AS General Studies with KS4 and A Level Literature with KS5.

I am genuinely excited by the insight that can be gained working across a broad age range but more than ever it is going to take some proper preparation and planning.

This week I am making sure I have got everything I need securely in place and below I have included my to do list. Any extra suggestions would be great.

1: Fill in planner – mindless copying ( ease into it ) timetable and groups, create mark sheets for each group (names only for now – column headers later) Fill planner pages in for September (classes and rooms)

2: Data folder for each class – 
Raw data  (Attainment – SEN – EAL – PP – etc!!!)
Class overview
Data analysis overview
IEPs etc 
Annotated seating plan (staff copy)
Name only seating plan (pupil copy)
Assessment tracker

3: Learning folder for each class – 
Overview of the year – deadlines and examination dates
Termly planning
Unit outlines
Assessments & Markschemes 
Target tracker

4: Folder for the units I am starting with each year group – 
SOW
Resources
PowerPoint presentation
Question tracker

5: Print contents of each folder and put into last year’s folders with new class, names on sticky labels just in case Ofsted or worse come in to judge me in a snapshot.

6: Fill in planner for the first week with lesson plans etc.

7: Buy new suit in frantic Monday dash to shops.

Comments welcomed and appreciated

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