Boxes, boxes and more boxes

12 06 2008

I have been spending a lot of time this week doing what feels like manual labour because I have been packing up my classroom, particularly my cupboards just now.

For a couple of reasons I had not blogged about this until now but I am packing up because I am going on secondment for South Lanarkshire Council next session and hopefully the next year after that too.  This all came about a month ago when I got asked if I would like to do it. 

I was not sure about it at first as I thought I should be in class next session for all of the follow-up work I have to do with the Global Teachers programme.  However I spoke to the manager of the programme and she was quite happy for me to take and actually is quite excited now about the different direction I could take with my outcomes.  One of these I am hoping will be a global teachers glow group for all past and present teachers to be able to share their resources etc.

The chances are that I will not be back at Castlefield after that so I thought I had better take all of my stuff away, it is now at present piling up in my spare room!  My sister-in-law is starting the PGDE course in August so I do not want the stuff to go too far away but I am not sure where it is going to go.  I am also amazed at how much stuff I have accumulated in only 5 years of teaching!

I had at first assumed I would be doing ICT but actually it is going to be a bit of everything which I think will be really good experience for me, including ICT, Curriculum for Excellence, learning and teaching and a lot of leading inset and CPD courses as far as I can make out.  I am really looking forward to it now and excited about the challenges it will bring.  Also the thought that I do not have to set up a classroom after being away the majority of the summer is very appealing.  I still intend on going into Castlefield quite a lot to do Malawi and ICT/glow stuff, partly as I do feel as though I am abandoning ship a bit and am keen to keep up contact there!

This now also means I have been stupid enough to state on my running blog that I will run the Devil of the Highlands 43 mile race on the second half of the West Highland Way next August as I think I may be less tired than when I have a class.  I hope I am right!

Glow pushing me on!

28 03 2008

Our acting head informed me yesterday that she had had a phonecall from one of the people involved with GLOW in SLC asking if I would be avaialble to go to the Stirling Management Centre in April to represent SLC at an early adopters conference about GLOW.  It involves an overnight stay and they will pay for cover for the class.  What was the first thing I did?  Googled the Stirling Management Centre of course and I think I will manage to stay the night there okay!  It will be great to hear what other people in other authorities are doing and hopefully make some links with other schools.

That was not all though.  There was another request that was a bit more scary – could I speak at the Headteachers conference at the end of April about how I have used GLOW in the classroom so far.  That will be terrifying – although probably more so for the 3 chldren they want to speak to!  I am off to inform them shortly that I will be looking for very confident volunteers!

These things are all great for my professional development – I said in my application form for the global teachers programme that I was extremely shy as a youngster and I still feel shy, unconfident and nervous with new people and new situations although I think I hide it a lot better now.  I would describe it as inner turmoil now!  I firmly believe I am a quite different person from how I was when I began teaching at Castlefield Primary.  Where are those PT jobs though to put it all to good use!

We have definately hit P.7itis though in the classroom.  Hopefully things will get better after the spring break as although the last term is probably usually the worst in primary 7 I think this long term might have been it this year.  I was hoping for a good lesson yesterday in writing.  I had planned to do a discursive piece of writing and use the examples of school uniform and the cost of football in this country.  I had done this successfully last year altogether as a class but I felt that did not challenge them enough last year so I wanted the end product yesterday to be their own rather than a class generated piece of writing mostly pulled together by me.  We spent a long time discussing it and looking at different examples and I really thought everyone had the idea.  We did the brainstorming in groups and went over it and everyone had the choice of plenty of ideas from that.  When it came to actually planning and writing it though they were pretty stumped and it ended up a really hard session.  They needed a lot of help and I felt I was having to spoon feed them.  I think there were negatives on both sides though – I went too far away from how we did it last year and did actually do any of the piece with them for their jotters and I think they were not listening and taking things in.  I need to be  more in the middle next time!