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Worrying about what work I should be doing.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Flowersinspring, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Lead commenter

    I know, in the grand scheme it's not a big deal but...
    I've set work up until the end of next week. No work has come back to me yet to mark. I'll set more work for after Easter(as directed by school).
    My books are all in school, can't collect them until I'm in on my designated day next week.

    I've got a couple of schemes to tweak (or completely re-write depending on how depressed I get when I take them apart). All mocks were marked before we left.

    So.... what should I be doing? What are you doing? I feel lost! I feel guilty, really guilty, working with my kids on their school work. One of my kid 's school is doing live lessons and it's so difficult to listen to that happening while I do not a fat lot.

    Please don't "guilt me out" my anxiety is eating me up as it is. I, like so many others, just feel so at sea.
  2. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    You've done all you can and all you've been asked to do. Apart from replying to emails when they come in, I'm doing nothing right now too.

    No need to feel anxious or guilty, each school is handling this in its own way.

    We're not set up for online teaching as some other schools are. So we set work, lots of it is marked automatically by ActiveLearn. We set work to be emailed to us and we wait for it to come in.

    It feels very strange not to be teaching and juggling hundreds of things at once. Try to relax and enjoy your time at home.
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  3. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Lead commenter

    @agathamorse - thank you sooooooooo much for your reply. You have no idea what a relief it is to hear someone else is doing something similar! Talk about being conditioned to think and behave in certain ways! Thanks again. :)
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  4. agathamorse

    agathamorse Senior commenter

    No problem. As I'm ill at the moment I'm appreciating the respite.

    Keep your email open, check it throughout the day and just enjoy some time with your family or do something you want to do. X
  5. Flowersinspring

    Flowersinspring Lead commenter

    After being stuck together for 5 days, these two are certainly in different camps! :D

    Hope you feel better soon.
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  6. Nanny Ogg

    Nanny Ogg Occasional commenter

    I’m sending work in daily to go on the school website for a particular year group and subject I have been asked to be responsible for.
    I’m responding to school emails but I won’t be responding to any other emails. (So far I haven’t had any.)
    NEU is saying no marking should be happening?
    The NEU are quite rightly very strict about cleanliness and 2m, which obviously needs to be adhered to, the NEU are being sensible over the rest of it I think.
    I also don’t have a school laptop or any IT equipment from school.
  7. Nanny Ogg

    Nanny Ogg Occasional commenter

    Also, I haven’t got out of my pyjamas today.
  8. rararasputin

    rararasputin Established commenter

    I set loads of work at the end of last week and most tasks aren't due in until next week so there's not a lot I can do at the moment. I'm responding to e-mails and learning how to use MS Teams but not much else I can do. I think it's ok to have a light week this week after all the stress of last week. Some staff at my school are doing online lessons but there's not expectation that we have to do this.
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  9. WB

    WB Senior commenter

    I'm sat at home responding to whatever comes my way - about 8 emails so far. Other than that I'm doing nothing.

    Not even the slightest bit of guilt.

    I doing all that is being asked of me and more. So far today that's about 2 hours.

    I'm viewing this as payback for 20 years' of marking books into the evening, staying for discos, 5 day residentials, parents evenings, report writing, lesson planning, lesson replanning, yet more lesson replanning because somebody makes one slight change to something and for pointless staff meeting after pointless staff meeting.

    Most of that list I accept, however nobody ever felt guilty for keeping up late for awful staff meetings; I refuse to feel guilty now.

    I dare do all that may become a good teacher. Who dares do more is none.
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  10. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Since we closed I have received a bewildering amount of emails about work. We set some work for this week but despite my protestations that we should keep it simple it is now getting silly. However I know know what I am supposed to do and can get on with it in peace.
    agathamorse likes this.
  11. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    Apparently we are supposed to phone 3 or 4 parents a day as of next week to check all is well. I do not have contact details with me and no remote access to SIMS. Not happy with using my personal phone to make calls and do not want to drive for best part of an hour to go and do this from school.
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  12. JulieMalone

    JulieMalone New commenter

    I work for local authority as a specialist teacher for children with SEND across the whole city, so not attached to any school. I have been writing up reports since Monday and ticking off the very long list of jobs my line manager has sent me! I’m waiting to be redeployed by the LA as we all had to fill in a skills survey. Don’t know where we could end up so feeling a bit anxious about it all.
  13. eleanorms

    eleanorms Occasional commenter

    My very sensible HT said there was no point trying to find ways to force schoolwork onto our children that they just would not do. So we are setting work and speaking through MyMaths to pupils who are engaging and not beating ourselves up about the ones who are not. We have made some big changes to our curriculum recently, so we are spending time getting that totally ready. The rest of the time I am doing my garden and yes, helping my own children with their work. They have been given lots to do, a mixture of things like ActiveLearn, paper based and emails. But no online lesson teaching. You didn't ask for this to happen. Don't feel bad.
    I still think we will be returning before the end of the school year, even though there will still be virus cases.
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