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week 2 (continuing from oh my goodness)

Discussion in 'Primary' started by missh27, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. SO week 2 in my challenging school
    still surviving and making progress with my pupils
    had some good days and some bad days (today being a bad one)

    the boy who was excluded last week came back on Tuesday and today has been his first full day back in class. He behaved in the morning but did not in the afternoon. The headteacher has suggested to his parents that they look at him going to another school and it look likes he will be soon. (hopefully)
    there is rumoured one of bady behaved girls has also left - but this is only rumoured by the kids and have not had any contact from home.
    school still being supportive and on Monday aft I am going to an outstanding school in the area to watch a behaviour specialist.
    thanks again to all those who supported me and gave supportive comments last week and this week

    Miss H
  2. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Hi - been out for the day so just saw your message.
    Have a look here at a newsround page about the Asian Tsunami - some of it will be relevant for work on the recent events in Japan.
    Use the newsround page for up to date info about the disaster:
    Collect newspaper front pages - look at headlines used and discuss - make a collage - choose a picture to write their own front page headline.
    I was listening to the radio tonight and Shelagh Fogarty has just arrived in Japan and will be Radio 5 Live's reporter from the scene. Write radio reports as if they were a reporter in Japan.
    A useful resource for newspaper writing can be found here:
    Hope this helps!
    Have a good Sunday [​IMG]

  3. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

  4. Thanks for all your help and advice.
    Today has been hard. :(

  5. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Sorry to hear that MissH. Anything in particular or just a wearing down?
    Remember, if you've had a tough day, try to keep your own workload down so that you can get your proper rest. You won't manage without proper sleep. Are you looking after yourself foodwise too? Do make sure you have time at lunchtime to eat properly to keep your energy up for the afternoon.
    Take care
  6. Ok so end of my third rotten day this week :(
    TA still off :(
    HAd to cancel music today as I felt I could not do it with the behaviour I had
    did a seal lesson instead on getting angry and staying calm.

    On a positive note, we came up with a class motto today 'Be sweet, not sour" - i thought that was quite nice.
    And had staff meeting tonight, so just home and got my marking to do.
    MIss H
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    OK, so you go in and change the status quo. They accept it for a while and go along with what you want. Then they decide that they had more freedom before and did as they liked, so they stop co-operating and start being little sods to see if you crack under their pressure. With new systems things do tend to get worse before they get much much better again.

    Just hang in there and keep being strict and consistent with sanctions, while rewarding and praising behaviour you do like and you will get there in a little while.

    Keep having them removed for the slightest thing. Do not let things slide or you will be back to square one with a tougher job than before.

    You're doing a great job so hang in there and take all the support you can.
  8. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    Poor you. You must be feeling pretty low tonight.
    Take a deep breath - do what you have to do - but don't spend more time than you need - then have a relaxing bath, read a book or whatever you like to do to wind down. Don't work right up to bedtime.
    I always call Wednesday 'hump day' because you are over the hump of halfway through the week. (Actually writing that reveals a second meaning - oh well!! [​IMG]
    Do you have Friday morning off timetable as you did in the first week? If so, just think you only have a day and a half left of teaching this week.
    Try to keep positive. Start each day as a fresh page. Don't let any of the expectations you've set up slip. If you threaten a punishment then follow it through. Don't give them an inch - but do praise at every opportunity when you see the behaviour you want.
    You did the right thing changing your lesson. Behaviour is the most important thing to deal with right now. No point in having stunning lesson plans if you can't carry them through.
    Could any of the other teachers let you borrow their TA whilst yours is off? Don't forget ask for help and say yes if an offer of help is made.
    Take care and have a hug [​IMG]
  9. I think I may ask for support tomorrow. I have big writing tomorrow and I know at least 2 of them will need sitting by to keep on task and I can't do both!!!
    I do know for sure that I have a TA on Friday because I have a different TA every other FRiday.
    I am still being firm and I am giving out lots of stickers, house points, raffle tickets etc and praising every chance I get.
    I have finished marking now, some trashy tele (footballers wives.. haha) and then bed!!
    (no hump day for me ;) )
    Miss H
  10. marlin

    marlin Star commenter

    I'm just about to settle down now and watch Waking the Dead - recorded both episodes so can watch one straight after the other.
    Enjoy your tele!


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