I had a day off school today because I am sick. I was like a gleeful child this morning when Mom told me I simply couldn’t go in in my condition. It is nice to have a day off, even though I am too sick to leave the house. Oh well, more time for lesson plans! I thankfully made it though the week without a surprise inspection. I can’t even adequately describe the fear the ‘grade moderator’ strikes in my heart. I have no idea why. I am doing a good job if I do say so myself, so I shouldn’t be worried. It is just the unexpectedness of it all. A visitor to the school arrived on Wednesday morning and I nearly dropped, but in my defence she did have the air of an inspector about her!
So anyway,now that another week has passed, one must focus on the more pressing and urgent issue of the supervisor’s visit this coming week. Here’s hoping he visits on Monday or Tuesday, and not Friday afternoon like last time! But at least I will be expecting him so I will be prepared..hopefully! I am fast running out of fun lessons so if anyone has any ideas ( particularly for SESE ) then please share!
I really want to make the most of my last two weeks with the children, wouldn’t it be great if they looked back in ten years time and remembered a fun lesson they did with me? That would be so special.
Motivation is however at an all time low so I think I shall have a snooze now, it’s going to be a long night!
Words of wisdom from week three:
- Don’t stay up too late! I stayed up until after one o clock one night, and I was like a zombie the next day. I felt dreadful. I try to be in bed by 11:30 at the latest most nights. If my resources aren’t ready then too bad, I just go without them. It’s far preferable to me to be able to stand up and actually successfully teach a lesson, without resources; rather than to have folders full of resources but no energy to teach!
- Set the tone in the morning for the rest of the day. If the children see that you are on the ball and ready to go then they will follow suit. If they see you’re dragging your heels then they will think it’s okay to do the same.
- Don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself, especially with infants. They love it!
- Don’t fall into the trap of picking the same children all the times for jobs. A teacher gave me that pearl of wisdom. It is so easy to pick the reliables for the jobs, but it’s just not all that fair on everyone else.