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I need to be excited by teaching again...

Discussion in 'Primary' started by minnieminx, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Getting a bit bogged down by all the naffness that is my school at the moment. Having the time and inclination to plan fabulous and exciting lessons, that fit the needs and capabilities of my partner teacher as well as the demands of a largely useless maths co-ord, is proving too hard and too much for little old me in a whole new KS.

    Sobbed my heart out on a poor HLTA this afternoon after being told at lunchtime my lesson was only satisfactory, based on 20 mins of counting activity, mental starter and a few mins of input where children were too inactive and apparently didn't make enough progress. I've never had any grade as naff as that before from Ofsted in my entire career...not even as a slightly hopeless NQT before there was NQT support. Grrrr!

    Feeling like I should give up the MaST (since I can't apparently even teach maths vaguely competently anymore), stop mentoring students and an NQT (since I can't actually teach myself, let alone teach others how to) and just be a classroom teacher doing nothing else.

    Soooo any volunteers in Oxfordshire or nearby want to offer their classroom as a place for me to come and look at excellent and exciting year 2 lessons and schemes of work and just general ideas? I'm supposed to be raising standards in KS1 at my school and know (on better days) that I am slowly doing so. But I need to get some exciting ideas from somewhere...If you aren't in driving distance for me to visit then do feel free to give some fab ideas here...maths or topic/literacy would be great! We are doping Europe and Christmas in various counties at the moment, but I'm running out of ideas. After Christmas is supposed to be minibeasts, but something else is entirely possible.

    I think this is a bit waffly...sorry, been one of those days. Just heard the news coming on, so much be G&T time in preparation for an early night.
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter Forum guide

    Don't want to just read and run, but can't offer advice as I've never taught Year2 - sorry.
    Just wanted to say though I can understand how you must be feeling. I hope you can take heart from the fact that your opinions and advice on this forum are always valued and appreciated. [​IMG]
    Enjoy your G&T - tomorrow's another day (thank goodness!)
  3. Haha, I'm currently a slightly hopeless NQT at the moment so not much help with giving advice I'm afraid but just wanted to say that I hope you feel better tomorrow. I had a rubbish day last week, cried A LOT, came home and cried some more as well as drinking quite a lot of wine, but I put it all into perspective the next day. You will too.
    The lessons you describe on here and the ideas you have always sound fab, so just have more confidence in yourself. Things will feel better.
  4. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Aww thank you both...Just thought I should mention that I do not believe all NQTs to be 'slightly hopeless' just that I was.

    Am holding off emailing to cancel all the bits and bobs that I do as extras until the weekend to see if things feel better. If not then I'll do so then. Definitely can't carry on like this.
  5. clear_air

    clear_air New commenter

    Me too, Minnieminx. Don't take it too much to heart - maybe the person observing you has a cold coming on, or something. Have a LARGE g&t, and you'll feel (a bit!!) better in the morning. Deep breaths.
  6. pjmteach

    pjmteach New commenter

    Minnie ..there's something seriously wrong with the whole teaching profession I think, when fab teachers like you feel so demoralised by the whole jumping through hoops, observation, ofsted **** we've allowed ourselves to get embroiled in!!!
    You are a wonderful source of inspiration to many of us on this site. I do hope it's just a blip and nothing too serious! Pick yourself up and think about all the good stuff you do and all the kids you've helped and dont let the *** get you down.
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Must stop reading all the nice things, going to make me cry (again!).

    I generally think I'm just an opinionated irritant on here, so good to know not everyone thinks so.

    I'll maybe get over it...Just looked at another job only a class teacher role. Even they want a 'proven track record of excellent teaching' which I no longer have! Grrrr!

    Need to get some ideas and go somewhere to find out what good/outstanding is in KS1 in 2011!
    LOL Me too!!
  8. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh, minnieminx! Presumably this was your Ofsted evaluation?
    How anyone can evaluate someone's teaching in just 20 mins is . . . . . . (add own appropriate epithet!). You know there's so much more to your teaching than that!
    So: fact is they saw a satisfactory lesson at this end of term, when we know children are not always at their most responsive., so there's nothing wrong with your teaching.
    Fact; 20 mins is only part of what will have been a full lesson. They will just have had a snapshot view.
    Fact:sometimes teaching is about doing a good job, BUTNOT NECCESSARILY an all-singing/all-dancing/let's makelearning so fabulous . . .Come on we all know sometimes it IS a bit of a plod, not exciting but needs to be don, so chioldren can move on to the interesting/ exciting parts.
    Fact: the school has recognised your skills to 'let you loose' being a mentor to an NQT so they have no doubts as to your capabilities.
    Fact:your school has put you into KS1 to raise standards and you recogniose this ius starting to happen.
    Anyway here's something to cheer you up. We believe in you.
  9. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Just re-read my last post and apologies for the numerous typos (still having to type with just one hand) and wasn't quick enough to get to the edit button in time!
  10. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Thank you for the flowers.

    Nooo they didn't see a plodding kind of lesson. And the children being fully engaged, well behaved and responsive was one of the things she mentioned as being a positive. But that having them more active would have enabled better progress and made it somehow a better lesson.

    I would dispute that it was a satisfactory lesson, just that in the first few mins of input and the starter did not show accelerated progress. She did acknowledge that they had made progress and so on, but the school needs children to make accelerated progress and so it wasn't enough. (My classes in the last two years have made good or better progress, and I had year 6 so couldn't even inflate/make up levels. Not my fault other people's classes haven't!)

    Soooo I'll (possibly) get over being absolutely gutted and tearful about the judgement, unless it means I can't move on to another post. Then heaven knows what will happen. BUT I do want to go and see what outstanding teaching in KS1 looks like these days. Soooo anyone willing to help me out/share ideas/let me nosy at their school would be very welcome.
  11. We at Edu-Play Theatre think all of you teachers are just amazing. The fact that you get up every morning (early!!) and go and inspire children with a smile on your face! It is because of you fabulous teachers that we all have skills which we don't necessarily acknowledge or appreciate as adults.
    You all work so hard yet seem to get quite a tough time and we just wanted to say we think you're all great!
    Minnieminx we have read so many of your posts on this site and they're always helpful, supportive and inspirational.
    We hope that your week gets better and you're obviously a fantastic and enthusiastic teacher!
  12. dc521

    dc521 New commenter

    Right let's get this all back on track.
    The observation. May I suggest you stick up the HT's backside? Now giggle at that mental image.
    Partner teacher. Tell them to produce something fabulous for you to use.
    Students / NQT mentoring: Carry on with it as you know it's fun. Especially when you have to sort out their problems.
    MaST. Not sure what that means. MA? If so, stick with it as it's heavily rewarding to slip into conversations with obnoxious educational advisors.
    Y2 lessons / classes. Holler on the cluster grapevine. See what's around. If not, can I suggest that you sit back in your room and work out what's going well.
    KS1 standards: there has been a huge 'bombshell' dropped on a lot of KS1 staff about the 'expected' progress of younger children (APS etc). As long as your children end up 'average' then you are fine. IGNORE ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHER WISE. If your children are already 'above' at the start of Y2, then just take some snippets of Y3 work for them to try.
    Also, check to see that the previous data wasn't fiddled.
    Finally, get some chocolate and find something to oggle on TV. I find Jack on EastEnders solves a lot of my troubles ...
    Chin up and go in fighting like a trooper!
  13. CarrieV

    CarrieV Lead commenter

    Sorry minnieminx but I can't help either, I've gone down from Outstanding to Satisfactory now! ( Apparently my teaching was Good but I'd worded my Learning Objective incorrectly so could only be Satisfactory!) Actually all of us have gone down to Satisfactory for exactly the same reason! Someone has clearly moved the goal posts and we're still aiming at the old ones.[​IMG]
    Just shows the crazy world we live in!

    You know you're a good teacher, illegitimi non carborundum[​IMG]
  14. it makes me really angry that an experienced, clearly very good teacher like you can be so demoralised by a judgement of 'satisfactory' after somebody has observed one lesson (or a part of it). It's a horrible word which doesn't help, but what's worse is that teachers are being judged by snapshorts rather than what they actually achieve in their role over a period of time.
  15. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    LOL Edu-play theatre! I should have just booked someone like you to come in. Then sat back and watched. Wonder if there would have been any last minute availability?

    dc521, thank you so much. You have made me smile and gave me some good ideas. Yes the mental image...no not even going there. Actually my HT is a good one on the whole.
    Dream on! But I might start making more of a fuss about what the issues are and stop trying to save her skin. She is actually more senior than me so sod it...
    Brilliant idea...why didn't I think of that? Some of our cluster schools are outstanding and some just generally fab. Think I might ask to do this. Might think of a plan as to why it should be me that goes out and about...
    I will try...
  16. Hey Minnie
    1 - May I suggest some new shoes - my red boots arrive tomorrow and I shall be wearing them when the Big O visit us..
    2 - If the shoes don't work then a new dress for xmas festivities.
    3 - Can't help as too far away (and not outstanding in KS1) but can empathise - as you know also moved from Y6 to Y2 and on MaSt course. I am feeling the demands of everything - at times think am being too soft on them because they are little then at other times think I'm being too hard on them.
    4 - Im sure you are doing a great job - it's the end of the tiring first term which we all feel around now.
    Enjoy! [​IMG]
  17. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    That is exactly it! I'm not even all that sure I know where the new goalposts are let alone how to aim at them!

    Thank you Gila, I'm trying hard to cross and think of it all as totally unfair, rather than just be upset and scared about the implications. So the children made progress in the first 3-4 mins of input. Well flip me surely it was a reasonable assumption that by the end of 45 minutes they would have made good or better progress? Apparently not. AND the reason the poor children have to show accelerated progress in every second of every lesson is because other people's classes aren't making anything like enough progress? Errrr my poor children shouldn't have to compensate for the rest of the school learning nowt!
  18. Oh Minnie, don't be so hard on yourself. You are such a well-respected member on here, posting sensible advice and fab lesson ideas.
    When we last had ofsted, the inspector was a secondary trained electronics specialist who clearly knew nothing about primary practice and made everyone he spoke to cry. The whole system is wrong, and I know it's really hard, but try and put this behind you and keep on doing what you know is working well. I know that sounds glib, but I really do think we should all try not to take some moronic inspector's narrow minded views to heart.
    You know you are a great teacher, your school must know it otherwise you wouldn't be in the position you are in now in KS1, and we all know it on here. Eat some chocolate, drink some wine, order that shrug from Next and keep your chin up.
  19. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Sooo made me smile and giggle! That is clearly what I did wrong. I wore black boots...damndamndamn!
    Will arrive tomorrow! Actually the next one has arrived, but it is a little low cut. The fluffy shrug is fab though.

    Thank you so much for making me remember the priorities!
  20. Seconded!
    (And I bet the inspector had rubbish shoes on!)

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