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Ahhhhhh - I am an idiot for looking I know but....

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by randomgirly, May 18, 2011.

  1. I have been tidying up today and after spending ages sorting out my sheet music I thought I would tackle the pile of paper that was on my desk, filing bank statements that sort of thing.
    However I found the syllabus for A Level Psychology and Sociology and had a quick flick through only to realise that they have changed 10 of the 20 Psychology case studies and changed what needs to be covered as part of the A2 psychology modules. Also the Sociology A Level is a complete change. I have only just got my head around the case studies that I have been teaching the past 2 years of AS, now I have to teach myself and rewrite almost half the course for Psychology and the whole course for Sociology. Now they are both even further away from the UK examinaition boards and the resources avaliable are ****.

    Now I am totally freaking out and panicking, I couldn't cope with my workload this year and worked myself into a breakdown trying to teach these courses as I am niether a sociology or Psychology specialist, and now they have gone and changed the courses and the exam set up.
    I don't know what i am going to do now, I am the only Psychology and Sociology teacher in the school and in charge of the PSHE program as this is my specialism. I don't think that I could handle that workload again and stay healthy but I don't feel I can say no to the school. I am due to go back to work on Monday and only have 2 lessons a week (not including cover or exam invigulation) which means I should be able to use this time to do the SoW and reading on the subject but I just don't think I am going to have enough time to be able to plan it so that I don't get the same complaints from parents as I did this year, and this is before the results come out!
     
  2. I have been tidying up today and after spending ages sorting out my sheet music I thought I would tackle the pile of paper that was on my desk, filing bank statements that sort of thing.
    However I found the syllabus for A Level Psychology and Sociology and had a quick flick through only to realise that they have changed 10 of the 20 Psychology case studies and changed what needs to be covered as part of the A2 psychology modules. Also the Sociology A Level is a complete change. I have only just got my head around the case studies that I have been teaching the past 2 years of AS, now I have to teach myself and rewrite almost half the course for Psychology and the whole course for Sociology. Now they are both even further away from the UK examinaition boards and the resources avaliable are ****.

    Now I am totally freaking out and panicking, I couldn't cope with my workload this year and worked myself into a breakdown trying to teach these courses as I am niether a sociology or Psychology specialist, and now they have gone and changed the courses and the exam set up.
    I don't know what i am going to do now, I am the only Psychology and Sociology teacher in the school and in charge of the PSHE program as this is my specialism. I don't think that I could handle that workload again and stay healthy but I don't feel I can say no to the school. I am due to go back to work on Monday and only have 2 lessons a week (not including cover or exam invigulation) which means I should be able to use this time to do the SoW and reading on the subject but I just don't think I am going to have enough time to be able to plan it so that I don't get the same complaints from parents as I did this year, and this is before the results come out!
     
  3. Are you sure you aren't panicking in advance of the situation? You have spare time available to you to do this and you might surprise yourself. How about asking on the relevant forum here if anyone has a SOW they can send you? I've sent them out in the past (not your subject, unfortunately!) and had them sent to me.
    If you can't say no to the school, can you ask for someone to help you? A Head of faculty of Deputy with planning experience? You were dropped in it last time and can state that you don't feel you did the best job you could, so would appreciate some help with setting up the new courses.
    Were the complaints from parents related to planning? Or the result of your stepping up to a subject that isn't your specialism, a situation I doubt you had much control over? Have you given your line managers the opportunity to help you yet?
     
  4. Thanks for your reply Lily
    I am propably freaking in advance and I have a meeting with the AH tmorrow so I am hoping to bring it up then as well.

    I am in a really small school so we don't have HoF or HoD's, in my case I am the only teacher, it is only English, Maths, Science and MFL that have more then one teacher in the subject area.
    The formal complaints I had from parents were that I was unprepared for lessons and an irresponsible and immature teacher. They said that I gave no support to the students (eventhough I made sure I was avaliable whenever I was on a free/supervised study session and provided both additional lessons and after school drop in sessions). The parents said that it was clear i was inadequete due to the poor results achieved in the mock exams in January.
    I had told the AHT's for KS4 and KS5 that I felt i didn't have time to plan properly or to keep my subject knowledge up to date let alone mark and give proper feedback. Their way of "helping" was to give my 6th form tutor group to another teacher which freed one lesson a week (which they are in assembly anyway) and to free one more lesson by giving yr11 one more Science lesson instead of PSHE, which was then taken up by additional sixth form support as demanded by a parent.
    I have asked around about SoW for the courses but there aren't many schools that offer CIE and all the CIE teachers I know are going to be in the same position as I am due to the syallabus changes.
    The AHT I am talking to tomorrow was there when I had a breakdown at school and she said that hte school had put me under tremendous pressure trying to teach 2 A Levels and a GCSE (which I am not teaching next year) and shge was surprised it had taken me till then to break.
     

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