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My lovely day...

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by splinters, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. gingerhobo48

    gingerhobo48 Star commenter

    I tried to find out more about this peakstar but all I could find were recipes for roast GPo_O and " Is Guinea pig your totem animal?" .Is it a shamanistic type thing? Please expand , I'm interested:)
  2. gingerhobo48

    gingerhobo48 Star commenter

    My day was lovely in so far as . . . it was short and I didn't need to mark anything. but it was dull, dull, dull, dull, dull, dull:D:rolleyes:
    O'h and I didn't have time to get lunch, so had to settle for bananas and breakfast bars so am also now hungry and a tad crabby:D
  3. splinters

    splinters Established commenter

    Lovely day so far...not at work as I am on exam paper marking and off to the TES awards tomorrow so a long weekend while I ponder where to go with my new job...
  4. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I actually did some real chemistry today, an organic preparation with half a dozen students from an A2-level Chemistry class(next years year 13 starting early). It makes such a change from the deary "cut and stick" lesson that seems to be the norm for science in UK schools these days,
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  5. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Glad you had a sparkling day les25paul.
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  6. devils

    devils Occasional commenter

    A friend of mine was doing some science supply for a term and she said she was amazed at how little practical work was being done!

    Whats your experience?
  7. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I'm afraid that practical work in science these days is a dying art. Its largely because of Health and Safety and the consequences for the school and its staff in the event of an accident. Many particular experiments are not done anymore (although only a small number are actually banned). When you add in increasing levels of poor behaviour you can appreciate why. Instead practicals are replaced with "safer" activities such as making paper models, group discussions of sciencific issues etc.

    This applies to all teachers not just supply. Friends of mine who work in the chemical industry (where I was before teaching) tell me its a major problem recruiting younger people these days because they just do not have the practical skills the workplace demands. One friend told me most new staff now come from mainland Europe and are not UK educated.

    Its unlikely a visiting supply teacher will get given a practical lesson to cover. They don't know the students and any behaviour issues. Also a school cannot leave a practical lesson as a cover since they cannot be sure the agency will send in a qualified science teacher. Only science teachers are allowed to run practicals in the same way only DT teachers can do practical workshop lessons.

    In my case I was OK to do the practical because I was a regular at this school and the school knew me. I was there yesterday and given a full brief by the technician on the experiment and therefore knew exactly what to do in advance. It was also a very well behaved and motivated class of older students who I had taught before on numerous ocassions.

    Overall quite a rare combination of circumstances which was why it was such a nice change from the norm.
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  8. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    It is such a shame that not so many practicals are taught anymore because of the behaviour issues. It does have an impact further down the line for those students wanting to specialise in science; they are being cheated out of valuable learning because of those who think schools is an extension of an internet cafe.
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  9. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Reminds me of a science teacher in my department a few years ago. She was obsessed with germs and was so OCD that she actually bleached her benches most days. Add to that her food phobias and other miscellaneous issues.....

    She hardly did a practical Chemistry or Biology lesson in the three years she was there.

    ...and yet she usually managed an "outstanding" in lesson obs.
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  10. gingerhobo48

    gingerhobo48 Star commenter

    I was on playground duty today.As I was walking around I felt a little hand slip into mine.It was a girl from my class.she then proceeded to tell me everything she knew about spiders like I wanted to know (I did:)) It was so sweet. I have never seen her so relaxed and confident and chatty.We had a nice chat about bird eating spiders (she's 6).It's those moments that make me think "aaah, i'm doing something right".
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  11. ultimatedingbat

    ultimatedingbat Established commenter

    Lovely week! GOrgeous children gorgeous staff.
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  12. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I had a good week as well.
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  13. gingerhobo48

    gingerhobo48 Star commenter

    My morning was lovely, the afternoon not so:(. We walked to the local church and were met by two lovely elders of the church who were very knowledgeable. I went with both classes and had 2 great groups.I found out a lot about the church and both classes were really well behaved. They had given us a list of questions to answer with things to find:) The children were really into it.
    This afternoon, they just didn't do enough work so there are loads that will be missing part of their playtime tomorrow.
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  14. gingerhobo48

    gingerhobo48 Star commenter

    Today was lovely, really lovely. I taught a group of boys how to play dominoes this afternoon and one boy thought it was. . . "the best game EVER" (his words). I was dead chuffed:) With my two being teenagers I had forgotten how good dominoes were.As we had been doubling in maths during the whole class teaching input, I took the opportunity to reinforce all of the double numbers which they loved:D.
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  15. lulu57

    lulu57 Lead commenter

    Dominoes maths - sounds like fun!
    I had a fantastic afternoon. My current year 4s made light mazes with mirrors, torches and anything they could lay their hands on to make covered mazes. The classroom looked like a bombsite, but there were screams of delight every time a group managed to direct their light around a mirror path onto the target. It took us over 10 minutes to get all the resources put back, but it was so enjoyable...even better, I didn't make them write about it afterwards(!)
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  16. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    A bit of a cheat really since most schools were closed or partially closed and I didn't go to school today. Which is what I was expecting.

    So I started with a slight lie in, just in case I got a call followed by a slow breakfast. I then cut the grass (OK that wasn't the fun bit) followed by replanting some strawberry plants, picking some beans and trimming some tomato into vines. I started growing things about four years ago when someone gave me a tomato plant, I've now got growing; tomatoes, broad beans, garlic, onions, strawberries and chillis (lots of chillis). I have even thought about getting an allotment and growing grape vines (yes I have wine making kit in the attic), raspberries, blueberries and gooseberries. Are you allowed to keep ducks on an allotment since that thought crossed my mind too.

    After all that work I found myself next to a river bank holding a fishing rod (no chance that was planned in advance, was there? :rolleyes:) Tried out a new technique with some recently bought tackle with some (albeit minor) success.

    Schools will be open tomorrow and my agency has already said there will be plenty of work for the next week or so. They are pretty accurate in their predictions so I expect tomorrow won't be as much fun.
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  17. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter


    Your special day sounds wonderful. Should be lots more like that.
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  18. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    Wednesday was an absolute stinker so today was compensation for that. A half day, no registration, nice staff, nice TA, kids very polite and a really good cup of tea at break. Back in time to watch the tennis and the sun is shining.
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  19. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Nearmiss I am glad you had a sparkling day.
  20. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter


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