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autonomy

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' 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. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Are you saying that someone has told you not to?
     
  4. life2teach

    life2teach New commenter

    Sorry it's vague...
    I've not been told explicitly not to but I've been told that as we are a unit/phase group etc; I shouldnt be doing anything different as those not in my class may complain/be jealous/parents upset etc
     
  5. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Sounds like my school! Drives me nuts.

    Just carry on until someone specifically tells you not to. Maybe share any resources you use with the rest of your phase so they have the option to use them and then they can't complain.
     
  6. life2teach

    life2teach New commenter

    Thank you so much minnieminx, Im glad you understand. :) I was worried I wasn't explaining myself properly and that it came across as selfish.
    I do share my resources all the time and they choose not to use them (which is fine) but I get the feeling that they'd rather me stop doing extra instead of giving them resources.
    I really want to stress that Im not a wonderwoman teacher that stays up all night doing extra. I just think if there's a gap in knoweldge/skills then I should practice that if/when I get spare time. For example their handwriting is bad so 5 mins before play I may get them to practice letters a to e. These are kind of spur of the moment so I dont have any paper plans for them; it just happens.But im told its not necessary. I feel im told this because the others feel shown up? How can you say "No Miss, I dont think it is necessary for them to... Let them play" which; is a different story i wont get into.
     
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    From your first post I get the impression you are in FS. There is a big focus on play in FS and it sounds like you might want to be teaching a more academic way than your colleagues, which will cause tension.

    If a TA says "No I don't think it is necessary" to you then you have a whole different issue to deal with.

    Problem with FS is that they often work as one unit and so everyone knows exactly what everyone else is doing. I'd kill anyone I had to teach with in that sort of situation. Maybe just bite your tongue and keep going for the rest of the year and ask to move in September?
     
  8. life2teach

    life2teach New commenter

    [​IMG] Do I know you, it's like you're in my mind! :)
    I like FS and think there should be balance between play/academic...i'll leave it at that [​IMG]
    I dont't mind people knowing what Im doing..just dont try stop me lol. I do what I do for the kids. Not to sound sloppy but I'm "all" they have. Our parents aren't always interested. I am biting my tongue but Im sure I am getting evil glances!
    We'll see how it goes, what do l know anyway.
     
  9. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Look at it from a different tilted angle.... Your colleagues are not obliged to accept and delight in your ideas or resources. You could carry on being persistent, probably annoying them, and console yourself to the fact they think your stuff is rubbish and not worth looking at.
     

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