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autonomy

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by life2teach, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. life2teach

    life2teach New commenter

    Hello, not sure if I spelt that right but how much autonomy (is that
    the right phrase?) do you have over your class? It's good for classes to
    be on the same wave length, share ideas, follow a routine etc but how
    much contol should you have over your own class?
    I have my class
    but sometimes "people" (not the head) try to intrude. I welcome ideas
    and views of others but for example if my class are struggling to rhyme
    then shouldn't I be allowed to do extra and focus on rhyming? (I wouldnt
    remove something else, just add it in e.g at story time).
    I do
    the same psrn, cll inputs etc and keep the same timetable as other
    classes but if there is "spare" time, I see no reason why I cant recap
    or even do something new - I introduced basic punctuation a while back
    (5-10 mins at hometime) which was good coz the kids will learn it
    anyway.
    Basically; shouldnt I be allowed to do the best for my
    kids? I dont want anyone to look bad but if they are struggling; why
    cant I give homework, extra input, intervention etc
    Hope that makes sense.
     
  2. life2teach

    life2teach New commenter

    Hello, not sure if I spelt that right but how much autonomy (is that
    the right phrase?) do you have over your class? It's good for classes to
    be on the same wave length, share ideas, follow a routine etc but how
    much contol should you have over your own class?
    I have my class
    but sometimes "people" (not the head) try to intrude. I welcome ideas
    and views of others but for example if my class are struggling to rhyme
    then shouldn't I be allowed to do extra and focus on rhyming? (I wouldnt
    remove something else, just add it in e.g at story time).
    I do
    the same psrn, cll inputs etc and keep the same timetable as other
    classes but if there is "spare" time, I see no reason why I cant recap
    or even do something new - I introduced basic punctuation a while back
    (5-10 mins at hometime) which was good coz the kids will learn it
    anyway.
    Basically; shouldnt I be allowed to do the best for my
    kids? I dont want anyone to look bad but if they are struggling; why
    cant I give homework, extra input, intervention etc
    Hope that makes sense.
     
  3. How much autonomy you get will really depend on the ethos the school has towards triusting the staff as well as your experience and a host of other factors. We have, in the space of forty years gone from complete (almost) autonomy for teachers to very limited autonomy as the curriculum and political factors constrain what we do and how we do it.
    Its just the same in teacher training for example. Many critics talk about lefty teacher training and filling up students with theory and nothing else and how 'ineffective' teacher training is because it is only done by those who can'tr hack it in the real classroom. At one time, teacher trainers had free reign to design their programmes how they wanted. Today, we must 'deliver what we are told to deliver by the TDA (now training agency) AND to make sure this is so, we get full OFTEDs as well. There is little to no autonomy in teacher training as very little is done in university, the vast majority is on the job training. It is also true for those providers I have worked with and for that many of the trainers come straight from the classroom and often they are ASTs.
    The Sage
     

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