Hello! There are lots of us!
What do you teach? Who do you teach it to?
― Gravel Puzzleworth, Tuesday, 15 June 2010 23:41 (nine years ago) link
english, to students who almost made it to university
― an indie-rock microgenre (dyao), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 00:28 (nine years ago) link
Neurology, to residents and medical students
Previously: MCAT Physics, verbal reasoning and "essay" writing to pre-med students for Princeton ReviewEnglish, in Japanese high schools (on the JET program) and to private students in tutorial and conversation classesPiano and rudimentary music theory, to semi-interested 6-16 year olds taking private lessons at Yamaha
I have no formal teacher training.
― The Amy Misto Family Knife (Plasmon), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 07:34 (nine years ago) link
I'd like some stories on this thread, if thats viable (privacy notwithstanding) for any of you! I admire the fuck out of anyone who teaches.
― property-disrespecting Moroccan handjob (Trayce), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:26 (nine years ago) link
English to foreign types. Favourite quote: "If I have the million pounds, I will buy big house in the cunt."
― rhythm fixated member (chap), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 09:34 (nine years ago) link
Other known teachers? Vahid/Baja?
(Me: Maths to 10-12 y/olds)
― Gravel Puzzleworth, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:00 (nine years ago) link
knowledge, to fools
― I am an old guy, and I prefer the late 90s. (Matt P), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:06 (nine years ago) link
with any luck, HS math next year (just got back from a massive job fair, have two little screening interviews this afternoon)
― this is fresh air, i'm very gross (m bison), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:07 (nine years ago) link
with substantial luck, HS English in the 2011-12 school year.
good luck, m bison!
― horseshoe, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 18:04 (nine years ago) link
pimpin got a campus interview tomorrow afternoon now
― this is fresh air, i'm very gross (m bison), Wednesday, 16 June 2010 20:00 (nine years ago) link
lol i got a job offer from another district
― champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:25 (nine years ago) link
video production, to teenage Latinas
― admrl, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:28 (nine years ago) link
I teach proper deportment on a school bus.
― Aimless, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:40 (nine years ago) link
Oh hi. I just got a teaching job that I accepted. I don't start till August but -- uh -- will be posting here!
― Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:40 (nine years ago) link
hi 5, we are teaching bros now
when u deliver a tight lesson u should be like, son, r u scared, it looks like u just got MORDYFIED
― champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:48 (nine years ago) link
you got Mr. Sh1n31fied more like it (no, probably kids will call me by my first name)
― Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 03:58 (nine years ago) link
ESL, developmental english, and occasionally speech to adults (occasionally teenage highschool dropouts) in a small private college that is rather unique in its mission but i don't want to identify on a public message board
one of my favorite student sentences: "Workers get lezzy when the boss is away."
― an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:03 (nine years ago) link
was waiting for you to show up LL!!
― dyao, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:04 (nine years ago) link
― an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:07 (nine years ago) link
my summer project is to read the grammar book from cover to cover :)
― dyao, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:09 (nine years ago) link
my summer project is to continue to develop my reading curriculum. i have not yet started working on this project, though. we're also trying to hire a new ft person, which is a little hairy.
― an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:13 (nine years ago) link
ft --> full time fac
I've gotta find out exactly which classes I'm teaching next semester so I can prepare stuff. I've never actually done this before (did tutoring and writing center work before, but never taught a class). It's exciting!
― Mordy, Thursday, 17 June 2010 04:16 (nine years ago) link
I am a peer educator for an intro college biology class (geared toward biology majors). I have all of the fun of teaching but the prof I work for fields all the troublesome stuff, and they also come up with the lesson plans. It's the five-week summer class right now and it's so fast-paced!
― breaking that little dog's heart chakra (Abbott), Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:27 (nine years ago) link
― horseshoe, Wednesday, June 16, 2010 2:04 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink
let me just say--u will be an awesome, awesome teach
― max, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:30 (nine years ago) link
i mean im sure the rest of you guys are good too
― max, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:31 (nine years ago) link
congrats m bison! congrats mordy!
― Gravel Puzzleworth, Thursday, 17 June 2010 06:36 (nine years ago) link
i just realized my post made it sound like we were hiring a little hairy person. this may be true, but mainly we're looking for someone competent, stable, and not likely to drive us nuts. this person could wind up being little and hairy...or not.
― an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 17:53 (nine years ago) link
hi max. i might be a little tired and overwrought lately, but at any rate that made me tear up a little bit. thank you!
Amanda, you strike me as one of the hardest-working and most committed teachers I've known. god knows it's an easy job to burn out at. your students are lucky to have you!
― horseshoe, Thursday, 17 June 2010 18:34 (nine years ago) link
integrated math & chemistry for 10th graders
― moonship journey to baja, Thursday, 17 June 2010 19:11 (nine years ago) link
thanks h! i do my best. mine is not an easy job, but it's one i enjoy and am happy to do. i'm glad someone notices.
it is a little known fact that horseshoe and i worked together (sort of) for a while :)
― an outlet to express the dark invocations of (La Lechera), Thursday, 17 June 2010 20:16 (nine years ago) link
Have any of you read http://www.amazon.com/Global-Achievement-Gap-Survival-Need/dp/0465002293 ?
I've been enjoying it, and this particular paragraph jumped out at me. It's apart of a narrative being told by Helen Mountjoy, who tried to establish less test-oriented curriculum's in Kentucky:
"We were totally unprepared for the kind of response we got from our right-wing brethren... For example, it was said that these open-response tests would measure students' values, and that students would be kept in school until they could answer 'the right way.' 'Critical thinking skills' means teaching your children to be critical of you and your church.
Religious fanatics. This is why we can't have nice things.
― Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 17:57 (nine years ago) link
― Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 17:58 (nine years ago) link
― champs like us, baby we were born to stunt (m bison), Friday, 18 June 2010 18:03 (nine years ago) link
I'm a music teacher in Scotland, 5 days from finishing my probationary year and looking at unemployment after the summer if more jobs don't appear soon!
― argosgold (AndyTheScot), Friday, 18 June 2010 18:04 (nine years ago) link
What ages do you teach, andy?
Music teacher is a brutal job most places imo - respect!
― Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 18:08 (nine years ago) link
i dunno the context here but it seems like kind of a weak argument to blame the parents. if parents don't understand what "critical thinking" means in the context of standards and testing then the state board / school districts / school administrations / classroom teachers aren't doing a good job of explaining themselves to the stakeholders. we explicitly teach both values and critical thinking at our school but we're also quite explicit with parents and students about what critical thinking skills and values we're teaching and what they represent.
― moonship journey to baja, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:04 (nine years ago) link
hi guys, i am a teacher. elementary. actually, i'm back in school this next year getting my m.ed. books i am reading lately for it:
peter maclaren: life in schoolsdeborah meier: playing for keepsdiane ravich's new book
― ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:10 (nine years ago) link
remy would you recommend any of those books?
have you read 'why children fail'?
― Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:14 (nine years ago) link
I love the first two. Maclaren comes from the Marxist/Paolo Freire camp, and he's got a good (appropriately incensed) energy that he brings to the idea of education reform. The book is dated in places, but not ineffective from a philosophy standpoint. Pretty provocative, actually. Deborah Meier is an inspiring teacher and talented author, and the schools she works in sound... pretty amazing.
No, I haven't read 'why children fail' but I've heard good things. Worth picking up?
― ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:21 (nine years ago) link
i'll try to read those two then!
'why children fail' is good, yeah - it's very easy and pleasant to read and it's interesting - I read the later version, where he's annotating his own book, and it seemed like that'd be better. it's a bit dated fwiw but not totally so. i found it really spoke to me as the kind of teacher I am at this stage (4 yrs experience): he's very convincing about saying that imbuing a good learning strategy is the most important thing, and very honest about not really knowing how to do it (I'd love to read books that offered more on the latter, if you had any recommendations) but the stuff that really struck with me is the stuff that goes: sometimes you should asking the kid to work out the phoneme with a neutral expression and not-giving-away-the-answer and etc, and just read to the damn kid.
― Gravel Puzzleworth, Friday, 18 June 2010 21:42 (nine years ago) link
the meier/ravitch columns in ed week are a traet
― ico-friendly plaxic bottle (m bison), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:44 (nine years ago) link
they are, huh?
― ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:51 (nine years ago) link
(that was meant sincerely, not sarcastically)
― ampersand (remy bean), Friday, 18 June 2010 21:58 (nine years ago) link
I really want to read the Ravitch book - it's next on my list. Have you guys seen the interview she did recently in Slate?
― Mordy, Friday, 18 June 2010 23:56 (nine years ago) link
Here's the Ravitch interview: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/thewrongstuff/archive/2010/05/17/diane-ravitch-on-being-wrong.aspx
What teaching related journals/magazines do you guys read regularly?
― Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 00:01 (nine years ago) link
Also! Can any of you recommend a good history of pedagogy text?
― Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 01:54 (nine years ago) link
a history of pedagogy? why would you want to read that?
i imagine it might be more reasonable and useful to narrow it down by audience, context and content.
― moonship journey to baja, Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:03 (nine years ago) link
I was thinking something like this: http://books.google.com/books?id=bfITAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=history+of+pedagogy&source=bl&ots=xQOHCjbq9O&sig=4g2SYh77K-b1e0ZjdfRBC30CPcg&hl=en&ei=fogdTK70CYOmNfrAqcwM&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false
But more recent than 1905. I found this: http://www.amazon.com/Companion-Philosophy-Education-Blackwell-Companions/dp/0631228373/ref=pd_ybh_19?pf_rd_p=280800601&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_t=1501&pf_rd_i=ybh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=054YP4HXE2WBKW0C0WM5
Which might actually be good, but I thought someone here might have a better idea. If not, I'll just go with probably the Blackwell thing.
― Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:20 (nine years ago) link
Sorry about the spammy links. Next time I'll just tinyurl it.
― Mordy, Sunday, 20 June 2010 03:38 (nine years ago) link
i think it should bother me more that ive put on like 80 pounds the last few years but im still extremely fucking cute so whatevs
― NBA YoungBoy named Rocky Raccoon (m bison), Saturday, 24 February 2018 01:46 (one year ago) link
That's spot-on. After a few years it's just you, the kids, and the chaos; I would guess, in the last 15 years, a principal has been in my room watching a lesson or activity fewer than 10 times--and some of that was the annual 5-year review. It gets to the point where you can't even convince someone you're doing a lousy job when you absolutely know that you are. I was having a nightmarish time last year--wrote about it somewhere in here, I think--and whenever I'd share that with another teacher, that I had no idea at the time what I was doing and wasn't helping anyone, it was always "No, no--you're doing a great job." Some combination of politeness, support, and the shared assumption that merely getting through the year counts for a lot.
I've been thinking about this a fair bit, amongst general introspection about the madness of the job. We've just had a few snow days which were like a window of sanity. I got to read, which was novel, and sleep relatively well, not dreaming about Y11. But yeah, simply being there is a thing, isn't it? No matter that you feel half-powered most of the time, if not worse.
― The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Thursday, 8 March 2018 22:06 (one year ago) link
about to start year #9. im stoked bc i'm going to have a full academic decathlon team and we're actually going to be competitive. i...might be teaching AP? they still havent told me LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL goddammit. im in my last semester of grad school before i graduate in december which means i'll get some of my life back in the spring.
― 21st savagery fox (m bison), Sunday, 12 August 2018 17:44 (one year ago) link
have you ever taught AP before?
― the late great, Sunday, 12 August 2018 17:45 (one year ago) link
the first year is brutal, esp if the course has been recently revamped (mine has)
― the late great, Sunday, 12 August 2018 17:46 (one year ago) link
i'm not sure if i'm going to do science olympiad again this year ... the last two years we have not been competitive and honestly the event as a whole is kind of a drag (in that it's very parent-driven, not that engaging for the kids, and not really structured toward developing scientific understanding, creativity, etc) ... but i am sure i will have some kids come begging for something to buff up their resumes
i already had to tell the kids that want to do rescue committee firmly no because they had been so useless the last two years
― the late great, Sunday, 12 August 2018 17:49 (one year ago) link
well it wasn't a firm no
it was "no until you bring me written plans with deadlines and deliverables for three meaningful student-run service projects", no more "raising awareness" bs
― the late great, Sunday, 12 August 2018 17:51 (one year ago) link
― j., Friday, 30 November 2018 19:45 (ten months ago) link
been sitting with this article all day, incredibly fucked up
― 21st savagery fox (m bison), Friday, 30 November 2018 20:21 (ten months ago) link
what a nightmare
― the late great, Friday, 30 November 2018 21:14 (ten months ago) link
not the only alternative school out there that's functionally a cult, from what I've heard
― I have measured out my life in coffee shop loyalty cards (silby), Friday, 30 November 2018 21:39 (ten months ago) link
I've been keeping a Google classroom page this year--better than the board-created page I used to use (which wasn't bad). I posted a novel-study assignment today: "Joey Pigza - Culminating Task." (Jargon...I rail against it, but sometimes I give in.) The kids--grade 3 and grade 4--love to post responses, some of which kill me.
From V___: "thank you so much for the joey pigza culmination"
― clemenza, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 00:34 (seven months ago) link
(Can I just post, being a parent, I'm in awe of teachers. Many tell me I'd have been good at it. But since I feel rub as a parent, I'd prob fuck that up too. The chaos description seems apt. What I find most saddening/maddening is the intro of technology/direct communication. So many patents pester the teachers. Question their authority. I myself have never done so. There's a distinct: that's the school/classroom. The teacher gets to decide and apply their rules. I even told teachers: if they are in the wrong, you are in charge. Not I.)
― nathom, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:24 (seven months ago) link
I was looking over some of the stuff I've posted here the past few years and came across the back-on-forth on rubrics six years ago. No better example of how they never settle on anything before moving onto something else. Rubrics are so passé now--it's task requirements and success criteria. ("Co-created," of course.) Our resource teacher--someone I like, and she's helped me at times--is a true believer in all this stuff, I'm most definitely not, so when she asked me a few weeks ago if I knew the difference between the two, the question put me off enough that I made it a point to make up an antiquated rubric instead. (I'm finished this year, so at a certain point, it's like nobody cares what you do anymore. It's a great feeling.) Would bet a small fortune: four or five years from now, the words "task requirement" and "success criteria" will never be heard.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:22 (seven months ago) link
When I started teaching in earnest (ca. ‘03) it was all about “learning opportunities” which now seems both quaint and de rigeur.
― rb (soda), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 12:02 (seven months ago) link
i still use rubrics and don't feel shame about it
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:34 (seven months ago) link
my students like them too. sometimes i use a checklist to get them ready to turn in an assignment but the grade is determined by the rubric. i hate grading. however, i love teaching.
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 14:38 (seven months ago) link
GRADING, you say?
more like DEGRADING if you ask me!!
― the late great, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:24 (seven months ago) link
Once a year--today was that day--the kids will be working on a math test and I'll take out some chocolate and say, "You guys work on your math test; I'll be sitting here eating chocolate." I'm going to miss that.
― clemenza, Thursday, 7 March 2019 00:09 (seven months ago) link
― you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Thursday, 7 March 2019 01:24 (seven months ago) link
I'm on the clock.
― clemenza, Thursday, 7 March 2019 12:28 (seven months ago) link
Swine! Seriously though, good luck and enjoy those 100-odd days.
(Just for a minute there, I read DeLillo and thought, Don!)
― Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:20 (seven months ago) link
I can't tell you how many times people come up to me on the street and start asking about arcane plot points from Underworld...Thanks; only about 70 of them in the classroom.
― clemenza, Thursday, 7 March 2019 20:53 (seven months ago) link
Things I will miss, part 83: learning stuff I never knew, in this case what games and sports Ancient Egyptians played (from a grade 4 slide show):
"What the Egypt people played: fishing, rowing, football, basketball, golf, hockey, tennis, swimming...chess, weight lifting, wrestling, long jump and other card games."
― clemenza, Saturday, 16 March 2019 01:02 (seven months ago) link
i mean i bet there are people in egypt in 2019 who do that
― you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Saturday, 16 March 2019 04:52 (seven months ago) link
Pretty clearly, their research led them to a page on Egypt today--happens all the time with kids. The thought of King Tut standing over a three-foot putt on 18 still made me laugh.
― clemenza, Saturday, 16 March 2019 15:54 (seven months ago) link
dying @ "long jump and other card games"
― the late great, Saturday, 16 March 2019 16:04 (seven months ago) link
Dying @ ancient Egyptians golfing
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Saturday, 16 March 2019 20:05 (seven months ago) link
one of my students got into yale!!!!!!!!!!!!! yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(for reference of how big of a deal this is at my school, more of my former students have been convicted of murder than gone to ivy league schools)
― you know who deserves sitewide mod privileges? (m bison), Saturday, 30 March 2019 00:17 (six months ago) link
That's great--I've had other success stories, not an Ivy League school (that I know of), and they always mean a lot.
― clemenza, Saturday, 30 March 2019 15:10 (six months ago) link
In 21 years of teaching, I've had to administer standardized provincial testing in all but four of them. (Students do it in grade 3 and grade 6 here.) It came in one year before I started, and I wouldn't be surprised if it only outlasts me by a few years. I think--I hope--it is gradually dawning on the public what a rigged charade it is.
The only useful things I've gotten out of it were 1) marking it for the first few summers, which was genuinely worthwhile from the standpoint of learning how to assess (and allowed me to put away some money), and 2) the signs I post on my door every year while we're writing it.
― clemenza, Thursday, 23 May 2019 04:23 (five months ago) link
One regret about leaving now: I won't be around eight years from now, when I'd have a class where half the boys and a couple of the girls are named Kawhi.
― clemenza, Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:21 (four months ago) link
just got back from graduation. always a dope experience.
― be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:32 (four months ago) link
I always enjoy the grade 8 grad at our school. This year, though--with an incredibly small class of 14--I've never taught any of them (I've coached two or three).
― clemenza, Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:45 (four months ago) link
i teach primarily 12th graders (high school seniors) so it's an annual thing for me now.
― be the 2 chainz you want 2 see in the world (m bison), Saturday, 1 June 2019 20:59 (four months ago) link
When I write my half-arsed 'the impossible profession' book, one of my chapters/sections will be titled 'getting used to holidays - the unspoken something or other' because, four years in, it's still really weird. I'm all a) BIG PLANS - do the garage, shave the cat, make the garden less like a jungle, write a poem a day b) spend every second with my family! c) read everything d) sleep and laze about etc etc.
A) I'm quickly reminded I'm shit at big plans and trying to actually do anything with b) being such a big factor is the key.B) Well, christ. C) I'm currently in the grip of this and literally trying to read everything and it's driving me mad.D) This gets old quite quickly and a), b) and c) are like gadflies.
Anyway, yes, I'm turning having 6 weeks off into a ballache - what of it?
― Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 10:01 (two months ago) link
summer is def too long
― Carisis LaVerted (m bison), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 13:52 (two months ago) link
i spent the entire time either dealing with a tooth infection or complications that arose from it. awesome vacay!!!!!!!!!!
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:39 (two months ago) link
i would rather have some scattered time off during the year than one time per year when i can try to accomplish something substantial and fail due to circumstances that happen to coincide with that one time of year
Can I still post here, or do I have to look for a "Rolling Thread Where We Were Teachers" thread? There are a handful of year-round schools in my former board that are exactly what LL describes above--a bunch of scattered two- and- three-week breaks throughout the year. I always needed the long break and was never tempted to apply to one of them.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:43 (two months ago) link
tbh i think we all need the long break because it's the only break we get -- i wouldn't need it so badly if i had more breaks!
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:45 (two months ago) link
i literally spent my entire break being sicker than i have ever been and dealing with monster physical problemsnow that they have been handled on my break they are invisible to my coworkers, who inevitably expect me to be feeling chipper and refreshed after a lengthy "break" when i barely feel able to function. this is not healthy imo
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:47 (two months ago) link
also i have stopped referring to it as a vacation. it's "time between contracts"
― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:50 (two months ago) link
― Carisis LaVerted (m bison), Wednesday, 31 July 2019 18:51 (two months ago) link
This is how a teacher in Gaza welcomes the children in her class every morning. ❤️🇵🇸 pic.twitter.com/LdVvz29AMV— James Melville (@JamesMelville) August 10, 2019
― j., Monday, 12 August 2019 02:48 (two months ago) link
that is so precious and totally a kid-friendly way to teach about consent!!!
― Carisis LaVerted (m bison), Monday, 12 August 2019 03:10 (two months ago) link
I love that.
― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 August 2019 07:24 (two months ago) link
A friend interviewed me about teaching just before I retired last spring (link at the top):
If anything, it's mostly about how difficult the job was even 20 years along. There's some stuff on my various principals that I contemplated removing, but I decided in the end it wasn't that big a deal.
― clemenza, Monday, 9 September 2019 19:00 (one month ago) link
I've invented a new term for supplying a couple of days a week after you retire: load management.
If you ever get the chance to supply (or, for Americans, substitute) post-retirement at the school you just left, especially if you were there for a long time (21 years for me), I highly recommend doing so. The kids know you, so you get zero grief; you get to see all your old students, who basically give you a hero's welcome; you know all the staff. My old room is being used for storage this year, so even my nameplate is still up there. As close as I've ever gotten to getting well paid for doing nothing. (I was in for an old friend last week, and she told me she needed me to actually teach for two periods--she was practically apologetic.)
― clemenza, Thursday, 26 September 2019 02:15 (three weeks ago) link
I'm just entering my fourth year of teaching (fifth, if you count the *shudder* training year) and it's been a really tough start. It's an Outstanding school and we've just had what are basically the best results we've ever had. Due to the Oustanding status, we've not been Ofstedededed for over ten years and since that privilege was recently officially removed, everyone is shitting themselves. We've always been left largely alone, with a 'let teachers teach' mantra but the purported Ofsted visit has meant a whole bunch of shit pouring in from above: directives for seemingly every kid - on various lists -, new safeguarding measures, new disciplinary procedures which is resulting in 100+ kids every night in detention. It's making for a really odd atmosphere: embattled, faintly aggressive, stressful. I've properly fallen out with both my Y11 classes and I'm sure it's transferred stress. I've also managed to fall upwards into a 2nd in department role, under a part-time HoD, which is intense and seems proper ad hoc at times. I'm also really aware for the first time of the problems associated with teaching the same texts over and over - great for planning, but also an edge of drudgery, which I'm concerned I'm communicating to the kids.
Anyway, short version: this fucking job, eh?
― Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Thursday, 3 October 2019 20:05 (two weeks ago) link