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Issues with HoD

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by AnotherDayAnotherHassle, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. DYNAMO67

    DYNAMO67 Lead commenter

    Problem is solved now. Hopefully you’ve learned a bit.

    Good luck next year. You sound a good sort. And in time I’m sure you’ll be a massive credit, and you’ll look back at that faux pas and laugh
     
  2. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Assuming it's not a wind up part 2-do you realise that back in the days when lessons were mainly copy out/dictation, very few pupils misbehaved? The boredom/singing/dancing concept is flawed. I'm not saying we shouldn't develop things/make them more interesting, but remember that experienced teachers tend to understand this concept! Next time, maybe ust say you're looking forward to blah blah, if she'd like you to help with any SOWs she's developing you're interested to be involved to learn.
     
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It sounds like you're forgiven, and yes, start off by just doing as you're told. Before you do things differently, you need to know what you might lose.

    The "do as you're told" can apply to experienced teachers too - I once knew a very experienced teacher who was mainly working outside schools, but taught one group in a local school. He did lots of exciting stuff with them, but after a term or so somebody realised he was way behind on the scheme of work, and he had to change tack very rapidly to catch up.

    It can also apply to new HoDs. My first HoD had come from a department that taught mixed ability, and was keen that we should switch. After a term or so of getting to know his department, he realised that they were very good at teaching with setting, there were good systems to make sure kids could move between sets, and mixed ability was not going to be best for this department.
     
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  4. mrsbrightside

    mrsbrightside New commenter

    I wouldn’t expect to teach a level as a non specialist, especially when there are specialist staff on hand ready to teach it. Often non specialists are given a majority of ks3 classes so the specialists are able to have the exam classes. If you really want to do a level then see if you can start observing lessons in your free time if you are able to.
     
  5. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Unless she is on a diet, in which case this idea could bomb!
     
  6. tenpast7

    tenpast7 Occasional commenter

    Why does the wheel have to be reinvented all the time?
     
    notreallyme75 likes this.

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