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Discussion in 'Personal' started by BelleDuJour, Jun 11, 2019.
That ain't a countdown! Thats a judicial sentence!
Welcome to the club Belle!
Will she, won't she?...
Last day of the summer term was always The Who "I'm free"
It won't make up for the real job. Let's see what September brings.
September will see me by the pool at the Hard Rock hotel in Tenerife!
Don't forget to send a postcard from there to your former colleagues!
Thank you for those kind words.
I do actually feel I will be a loss, but there's no place in education now for teachers like me.....highly qualified, highly experienced and able to see right through all the bull manure! (and not afraid to call it bull manure!)
Oooh! Can I come?
English schools start later than NI ones. You've been here before, I don't think you can stop. Someone will make you an offer you can't refuse.
And that's what is so wrong with the system , there's no room for " thinking " professionals , they want nodding yes people, compliant people , people who don't realise the " bull" the system is pushing through .
As soon as you care about the students , have ideas or want to better yourself then you are on the blacklist . Managers only care about data which doesn't answer back , and budgets .
As for the clients .. oh sorry students .... well if they do well then fair enough , but those who have needs are in a lottery whether they get help and effective help at that is not what the mangers are interested in .
The "mangers" all have MBAs. You know those jumped up qualifications that are supposed to be better than a Bachelors, but are bought on the interweb for a few quid, or in the case of one of our "mangers", forged. O level woodwork would be more use in managing a school/college.
I sort of retired 5 years ago - from full time work - but now I do a couple of days in Primary and even with this I am looking forward to two years hence when I can claim my state pension (at age 66) and give up this last bit of work. It seems to seep into the rest of my week somehow.
Anyway, when I left my FT job I played that Beatles Blackbird song whilst driving out of the car park. Perhaps a bit premature.
Edited to wish Belle well - which is what I originally intended to do.
My problem after retirement was that I kept waking up in a blind panic because I could't remember what I was teaching that day. It made me realise that we are having to think about the f***ing job from the moment we become conscious. Yet one more aspect of the job that is not considered by those who dictate the business. And one more reason why there are a dearth of teachers.
And probably one more reason why the pension is nowhere near enough...
Don't hold your breath.............................
I've already had an offer I'd have jumped at a year ago...............and I didn't even apply for the post! The answer took me a nonosecond to consider.............NO (but thank you!)
More gross stupidity this week, with fire alarms set of twice on purpose. This wrecked my lesson with top set, as by the time we got back to the classroom we had wasted over 20 mins so the lesson I had planned could not be delivered at the standard I wanted, in the time left.
So think on feet and perform another miracle!
Then allocated cover on my day off....spotted that one in time. Should have ignored it.
And the discovery that gaining just 12 marks out of 60 (and most of those pot luck from multiple choice questions) had been deemed a level 6 for my year 9..........seriously when did we start teaching them that carp marks (ie 'failure') will give them a decent grade and then some.
And don't get me started on A levels where a grade A (let's forget the uber inflated A*) can be given in my subject for as little as 59%. Yes, 59% is creditable but not at grade A. So basically we have no differentiation between the student who gets 59% and the student that gets 99%......a whole 68% more marks (based on 59% base line,....no spin here, just proper maths!).
This 'gongs for all' society where failure is a 4 letter word, and never used for fear the snowflake generation passes out in a mass faint, is wrong. And the total lack of consequence for any actions, and even less respect for adults (teachers) is what is leading me, and thousands (not hundreds) of others to walk before we have to.
A consequence of this mass walk out is few teachers ever gain enough experience for promotion to HoD, HoF or SMT.
I was a HoD, but at the time had knickers older than those in positions above me. I never wanted to be SMT as I came in to teaching to teach.....not to tell others how to do it.
I know HoDs promoted in their 3rd year of teaching when they should barely be out of their NQT nappies, HoFs whith just 7 years experience and Heads in their 30s. Sadly these people lack the NECESSARY experience to do these jobs properly, and we are fostering an entire generation of inexperienced management, both at departmental and whole school level.
It makes me very sad.................
The loss of experienced staff can also have a knock-on effect on students as far as 'A' level is concerned.
In schools where teachers who have spent years mastering the territory of their specialism and the art of conveying it are still around, their students will almost inevitably prosper more than they might with under pressure younger staff who are simply having to mug up on the next topic at the last minute from a textbook that might itself be ponderous, opaque and not much cop (quite a few of them are for my subject). The dynamism of a more youthful, conscientious teacher imbued with a love of their subject can compensate, but at the risk of burn-out further down the road.
Hence that wonderful initiative called 'flipped learning' where the students do the 'learning' and the teachers tests their understanding with questions.
I've known more than one A level teacher use this method as, by their own admission, they do not have the knowledge to teach a particular topic(s).
IMO it needs a minimum of 5 years to become an A level specialist, preferably with a session of A level examining thrown in. And with many teachers leaving in under 5 years this is a ticking time bomb.
I started teaching A level from my 3rd year of teaching and found it hard. Not because of lack of knowledge, but due to the skills needed to deliver at a higher level. Especially as the school where I was teaching at had mixed adult and 6th form students in the class, and the adults were really pushy and hard work.
I would say that it takes 3 years minimum to be fully confident in a subject and sorting out your techniques and methodology. Yet I have seen 2nd-year teachers in Primary moved to H of D in my time in Primary.