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Activity for First Day ???!!

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by JayDee1972, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. I'm starting a first headship in September in a school which is good with some outstanding areas and am currently planning my INSET days for the beginning of term. I want to do a shared vision type activity/school self-evaluation. Has anyone done or seen anything inspiring for that first session????
  2. If you want to appear professional, one question mark will suffice.
    You will need to give more details about your setting, especially the number of staff involved and whether support staff etc. will be present, or just teachers, for you to get appropriate advice.
    Have you come up with any ideas yourself?
  3. Thanks both.
    I have been mulling over various possibilities including SWOT analysis and reflection upon the school of 'What is strong?What needs developing? activities both using post-its, stuck up on the wall for discussion/reflection, though I'd appreciate advice from any experienced hands out there. If you've used either of these or if you've done something else, I'd be really interested to know how well it worked, how you structured it and any further tips you might have.
    In terms of staff present, I have asked for teachers and TA's to be present, so there will be approx 20 staff.

  4. Don't worry about what atics wrote, use as many question marks as you like, i understood you. Anyway we are not professionals, and not in a profession, simply because the word had no objective meaning, it's definition sits in the mind of whoever is using it at the time.
  5. Aquasheriff

    Aquasheriff New commenter

    Hi JayDee,
    I'm in the same boat as you and was intigued by the answers you would get.
    I too am looking at talking openly with the staff, what makes the school great? What woud they want to keep. Then move on to what would they like to change that would make the school even better. How would they change it. Finally, discussing my plans for the first term.
    I was then going to give some time to house keeping issues such as rotas etc. In the afternoon, time for classroom organisation etc, which would also give an opportunity for me to walk round and speak informally to each and everyone.
    I don't know if this helps as I'm a newby the same as you. What I do know, from reading some of the forums (over the last year or more) is that for an area that claims to be supportive there can often be pedantic and unhelpful comments made. The vast majority of folks on here are supportive and friendly and remember that they too were once new to this. As for the slightly scathing comments, ignore!
    Good luck and let me know how you go on.
  6. I think teachers and headteachers should worry about ensuring they can use the English language accurately to express what they want to say, else how can we ever expect children to learn these important skills? I accept that nobody is perfect and typos happen, but the indiscriminate use of a large number of question/exclamation marks does not reflect an intelligent person. I am sure the OP is intelligent, which is why I wouldn't want the way they write to send the wrong message.
    By the way, there is no need for an apostrophe in the "it's" in your post. But presumably you don't care. You should also use a capital letter for "I", but why worry about writing correctly? I'm so fed up of people not caring about grammar and expression just because they can't be bothered to learn a few simple rules! And worse, to deflect this, they criticise people trying to improve it.
  7. Aquasheriff

    Aquasheriff New commenter

    Back to the post.....
  8. An ice breaker: ask everyone to share a high and a low from holidays, get everyone to write on a slip something about themselves no one would ever guess. Mix up and take turns reading aloud & trying to guess who, tell them about yourself and your highs and lows, ask them to write on a slip of paper highs and lows in the classroom and put these up to share & mull over. Ask them to tell you anonymously the best things about working there and possible changes they'd like to see and perhaps what they expect / would like to work on together with you. Try and provide lunch and biscuits and also finish earlier than at 1st planned. If you have time, ask the staff to give you a tour of the school and tell you about it as a team. I'd perhaps do the walk, holiday bit then school bit.
  9. Ooer matron!
  10. Nobody cares!! [​IMG]
  11. I think it has to be said that if you want to be appear professional, one exclamation mark will suffice!
    Back to the post.

  12. Thanks for your support, for noticing that I had used more than one while evidently behaving unprofessionally, which was my original point.
    Back to the post.
  13. No support atics, just drawing attention to the irony of your comment!
    I am sure the OP would appreciate any useful advice or experience you may have to offer.

  14. Be genuine. Smile at your ideas you really believe in, because you truly believe they will help move the school forward. Don't think you can fool or patronise staff that can obviously see straight through platitudes and insincerities. You're in charge. Be a leader.
  15. I'm sorry to labour the point, but there was no irony. I used multiple exclamation marks in a churlish and tongue-in-cheek comment, highlighting the appropriateness to do so as opposed to when one wishes to express a professional statement or question, which is what I understand the OP was doing. No need to make a big deal out of it. I am told regularly how undesirable it is to point out others' grammatical errors, but I can't seem to help myself.
    Anyway my advice would be to not do any 'visioning' on the first day back. The school is good with outstanding features, so presumably there aren't any issues which majorly need to be dealt with on the first day back. So let teachers get on with what they normally do, apart from the obvious welcomes and routine start-of-term stuff (results analysis, development planning etc) and then open a dialogue about evaluation and vision as an ongoing theme throughout the year.
  16. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Whatever you do, I certainly wouldn't advise doing any of that 'sustainable schools' stuff that TonyMillar suggests - certainly not at your first staff meeting. He's not a head, just a salesman trying to push his stuff. If he were in any respect a teacher, he'd know his suggestion would get you ridiculed from day 1.
  17. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    TM's stuff is an ad, if the Mods see it, it will probably be removed.
    No loss, as MM says.
    Good luck with your new job!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I am timetabled for the October workshops - see you there!
  18. I would also like to hear from heads who have something useful to share about their first day in headship.
    I was thinking along the lines of some of the suggestions above and also trying to see each teacher individually to chat through their subject/class and get to know them a bit.
    Good Luck!

  19. I certainly wouldn't recommend what one new head did, produced an agenda the first item being 'All about me ...'
    Would recommend what an experienced, acting head did, 'Can we go around the table telling me a little bit about each of you ...'
  20. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    I had to suffer one of those once. He had a PowerPoint about himself too.
    Sooooo interesting.....


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