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worked 80+ hours this week, taught 22 hours

Discussion in 'Shape the agenda' started by Corvuscorax, Sep 14, 2019.

  1. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    where did the rest of it go?

    I haven't even done any marking!

    here's some of it.

    photocopying and unjamming photocopiers, must be a couple of hours a day at least.

    setting homework for every class until Christmas. Do I know what I'm teaching 7B on November 8? no of course I don't. So how can I set them homework, I can't of course. But SLT says I must, so I have set it. Which means on November 7 I will have the additional job of unsetting it. And on Novermber 6, and 5,4,3,2,1,31,30,29.28........... on every day between now and Christmas in fact.

    Hole punching. I have got hole punching blisters.

    writing schemes of work in the long detailed, unwieldy format demanded by SLT, and filing them on the system where everybody teaching the same topic can find them, plough through the whole 16 pages to extract the main topic titles, and look up what they are teaching in the spec published by the exam board.

    stalking year 7 classes through corridors, canteens and playgrounds. This is necessary because our modern, progressive, non-sexist SIMS no longer records sex of students, but my planning register is still required too, so as the photos have not been done yet, the only way to assign sex to individuals with unfamiliar or neutral names is to hang around the classes hoping to hear the name being used.

    Thank fully this school does not require us to record sexuality in our registers, as a previous school did, in order for us to prove equal opportunities.


    shredding. Because every single piece of paper used in planning seems to end up with GDPR sensitive information on it, which has to be shredded.

    Meetings! oh the meetings!

    Training! receiving instructions from individuals too young to have been in my classes the first time I carried out identical instructions, before those instructions were updated, and updated, and updated, and updated back to the original instructions I have received again this week.....

    calming down hysterical colleagues

    carrying stacks of text books round in circles. We seem to have a minimum daily distance allocated for text book circling. It might be more efficient if we all took our text books down to the playground first thing in the morning and joined in one big circle and completed our text book circling allocation all together all in one go.

    I can't think what else I've been doing off the top of my head, but I'm sure it will come to me. Suffice to say I still have to plan next weeks lessons over the weekend and I haven't started marking yet, so no doubt will getting my knuckles rapped for that next week too.

    What have you all been doing to fill the time?
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  2. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    Move to a better school mate. Go abroad.
    BetterNow and dumbbells66 like this.
  3. yodaami2

    yodaami2 Lead commenter

    You’re doing some weird stuff! Sounds a dreadful place. Move, there are better places.
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  4. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    The photocopying, photocopier fixing, shredding etc are not part of a teacher's job. Collecting data for SIMS is also an admin job. Setting homework months in advance is bonkers. Time to find a school with better management.
    Pomza, BetterNow, phlogiston and 4 others like this.
  5. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    or learn how not to waste your own time

    Most of what is in the OP is ridiculous.
  6. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    Email their head of year and ask?

    If this is not a wind up, you have brought much of this on yourself...
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  7. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    how would the head of year know? even if they had time to answer me question about 60 students.
  8. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    how have I bought it on myself, exactly?
  9. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    Presumably they have met with teachers in Year 6 as part of transition and put measures in place for anyone with any additional needs prior to September... probably met wit most students.... they will have a pretty good idea of who the majority of these students are.

    Definitely a wind up. I don't believe you even work in a school.
  10. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I don't believe you work in a school or you would know that this sort of situation is not unusual
  11. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    Sims not showing gender, but planning still asking for it? Well sorry for stating the bleeding obvious, but why not point out that you can't meet this requirement without photos or the gender tab... What exactly are they going to do! Everyone is in the same boat! Surely it would be more useful to point out this flaw?

  12. yoda92

    yoda92 New commenter

    That thing about following kids to find their gender. That's the weird thing I was talking about. I picture a whole bunch of adults stalking children and going " what do you reckon? Female or Male? Male it's got long hair," etc.
    Just. Plain. Weird.
  13. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I was exagerating to make the point. Its just part of the whole package of stupid ideas and practives that make teachers lves hard. The sex of children had been removed from the register on ideological grounds. The planners have to have sex marked in them. Why? pointless. And generates a lot of work. How are you supposed to know? You just have to go and try and look. There are no photos, the other staff won't know either. So gain, another stupid pointless time consuming task that has to be completed for no reason.
  14. yoda92

    yoda92 New commenter

    OK. I get why they want genders registered. I hope you do too, it's not their fault. . ****** ofsted and closing the gap! I also understand why they don't put it on; really it's none of anyone's businesss what gender you are! Ideologically sound. ..............
    But they, the school, have to help you here! No need making jobs for yourself, just make a statement; " I need genders on my list" to comply with your bridging the gap demands. Then keep a list of stuff they don't do to help you to comply. All good for perf management or future constructive dismissal.
  15. yoda92

    yoda92 New commenter

    AND just get on with imparting knowledge! That should be your focus.
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  16. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    I WANT to get on with imparting knowledge, thats exactly what I am saying.

    I LIKE imparting knowledge. I am GOOD at imparting knowledge.

    But I am hamstrung by the all of everything else I have to do. Less than half of my time is spent on planning and teaching.

    That is the whole point of this thread.
  17. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Even if you spent half this time unjamming the copier, that's still an hour a day on photocopying. You seriously need to find a better way to teach...that's ridiculous.
    Presumably you don't set homework every day, so you won't need to unset it that often. And you should have some idea of what you are likely to be teaching from the scheme of work.
    What on earth are you hole punching? I hole punch some things now, but that's because I teach a nursery class and they can't do it themselves. In KS2 and secondary pupils do their own hole punching.
    You can't have had that many schemes of work to create since term started. Either use last year's, copy and paste from someone else's from TES or share out the task among the department.
    This is scary and horrible and I sincerely hope some of these year 7s have reported you and objected.
    Yeay something normal.
    Nonsense and shredding is easy to palm off onto keen year 7s. (apart from the fact you've alienated them by stalking them!)
    Use your union colleagues to negotiate something worthwhile.
    Receiving instructions is not training.
    That's incredible rude and offensive.
    If you have all these textbooks, how on earth do you need to do an hour a day (or more) of photocopying?!
    Normal teacher stuff...
  18. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    it's school policy

    why are you presuming that?

    fine, if you have 35 hole punchers available, or the time for 35 children to line up to use one....

    actually we do, yes.

    actually, last year's are obsolete. Actually I've been doing this for decades, if I had something from a previous year that would "do", then I would have submitted it.

    No one else's fits the school policy

    yep, we have done that. We all have loads to do


    my school does not recognise unions

    whatever, we go to "training" where we receive instructions

    in what way? its a simple description of the truth. Colleagues come to me in great emotional distress, I calm them down.

    we use both.

    @caterpillartobutterfly , there was a time when I was totally baffled by your level of ignorance, and your totally dismissive responses, until someone once pointed out to me in a PM that you don't even work in the state sector, or know anything at all about it. Then it all made sense.

    Now, I just find you funny.
  19. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    as I said, the whole question I am asking in this thread, is what is normal?

    ( I'm asking people who know, not people like @caterpillartobutterfly )
  20. GirlGremlin

    GirlGremlin Occasional commenter

    Seriously, no one likes a martyr.

    If it is as bad as you say, LEAVE. Or are you one of those self important types who likes feeling like the whole place will crumble if they aren't in the building 24/7?

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