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!!!)
Data analysis overview
Annotated seating plan (staff copy)
Name only seating plan (pupil copy)
3: Learning folder for each class –
Overview of the year – deadlines and examination dates
Assessments & Markschemes
4: Folder for the units I am starting with each year group –
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