Spending lots of time marking is something that can really impact work life balance and causes a lot of stress for teachers. We all know that we have to follow the marking policy that is set out by each individual school however there are a few things that you can do to help ease a bit of the pressure.
1. Talk to your head of department
This one seems really obvious but if you are really struggling to keep up with the marking policy maybe it needs to be edited from a departmental level. Are you the head of department? Could you change it to make it easier for your staff to keep up? A school that I worked at carried out tick marking throughout lessons but only left a comment and an improvement question at the end of each unit of work. You may find that there are a lot of people who are struggling and together you can start to make improvements maybe take some of these other ideas to your discussion.
Good morning everyone,
I just wanted to do a quick post this morning to let you know why it has been a while since I last did a blog post and apologise to any of you who were hoping to see something new. I think my last post was in March so it has been a 5 month gap and I just got out of the habit of writing thing. I have a whole bunch of planned blog posts but I was struggling to find time to write them however I hope to be able to get going again and there are a lot of exciting things coming up that I want to tell you about.
So since my last post I got a job in a new school, did some exam marking for the GCSE exams and went on some new courses. Soon I hope to be offering a coaching course to help you achieve your goals and improve your work life balance, the first few places for that I am going to do for free. Send me a message if you are interested and I'll make a list of people ready to get started.
Over this summer I am creating my display boards for when I get into my new classroom, I can't wait to show those to you all. I'm also completing the coaching course and hopefully a mindfulness course if I get the time, doing a few mystery shops, reading loads of things that I don't have time to read normally, hopefully finishing my tutoring book in going on a few trips away. I went to a friends wedding at the start of the holidays followed by a few days at various places in the UK and I'm also going for a little trip to Spain.
Let me know in the comments what you are doing over the summer!
I decided to become a personal tutor at the start of this year in order to up my income and so that I could teach more of the higher scheme of work. It is a great work to earn some extra money alongside my regular teaching hours and improve your subject knowledge. Today I am going to outline how to become a tutor and the best way to start.
It is really easy to think about what you are going to do if a student is misbehaving in your lesson but what about if they are doing brilliantly or have dramatically improved. It is really important that we make sure we are also rewarding good behaviour, in fact this is probably more important than reprimanding the poor behaviour. As Benjamin Franklin once said "a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar."
Today in international women's day and this year's theme is #pressforprogress. Each year there is a different goal that is focused on and it is then worked on throughout the whole year. Press for progress is about pushing to remove the gender gap and getting a more balanced representation of women in leadership roles. This morning in form time I will be playing one of the videos that can be found on the International Women's Day website to open up a discussion about the issues raised.
I have been tutoring now since September and started working toward building up my agency of tutors to help you to build up your own list of students and your own tutoring business. If you are a tutor and you would like more information about joining my data base of tutors please fill in the online form and I will send you through some further information.
Today I wanted to post about online tutoring including the positives and negatives about becoming an online tutor and some of the equipment that you will need to get started. You don't need to decide to do face to face or online you can do a mixture of both it is mainly based on what your students are looking for and the time you have available.
Today is World Book Day and I have a snow day so I can't go into school in fancy dress as I had originally planned so I decided that I would write a blog post about it instead. For those of you who don't know World Book Day is celebrated once a year with an aim of encouraging young people to read more. Each year schools receive £1 book tokens for every child that they can use to either by a £1 book or put towards a young persons fiction book at £2.50, these are full novels. Go over to the World Book Day website for the full list of books but some of the titles include Mr Men, Paddington and a Nadiya baking book.
Good morning everyone with all this snow I got that super exciting text from school this morning to say that it was shut and that I get a snow day. Yay! I was thinking about what to do with my day and thought I would start with a snow day blog post. Here you will find 20 things to do with your snow day, some are sensible and work related others are just great fun.
1 - Go sledging
Go and find your nearest hills and take that sledge out, it's great exercise too.
2 - Catch up on marking
This one is a bit of a boring one but I'm sure you have a huge pile of marking that needs to be done and I always bring it home and then take it back without finishing it. If you brought some home yesterday that you haven't done yet take an hour to do some and get it out of the way.
3 - Read a good book
Lots of us love reading but never have the time and with it being World Book Day tomorrow there's no time like the present. Get yourself a good book and get settled, you could escape to anywhere.
4 - Plan a trip away in the summer holidays
If you aren't a fan of the snow how about chasing a bit of sunshine, you have all the summer holidays so plan a little trip to look forward to. It doesn't have to be really expensive just a few days somewhere. Groupon have some brilliant deals.
It is really important to take some time out of your day to take some time to yourself and a good way to do this can be through exercise. In January I decided that I needed to do more to keep fit (I decide this every year, I've tested most of the gyms in my local area) so I was looking to see what other things I could do. I came across a local running group called Stride Out, they were just for women and were running a couch to 5k course. I was very nervous but joined anyway, I had another friend joining a family friendly one close to her at the same time.
I have found that this has been a total change from my usual effort where I quit after about two week and never want to go back to whatever class I have joined. We all started of just running 30 seconds and walking 30 seconds and now we are into week 7 and next week we will all be running the 5k.
I recently went for an interview where I was asked what I thought was meant by a fully inclusive classroom. For the interview I had to do a 5 minute presentation to people who already worked in a brilliant SEN department to share what I thought, so I thought I would also share that here as well.
I am a Maths teacher working in the UK. My blog started in February 2018 and I am using it to share ideas to help you in the classroom and to improve your work life balance. I also have some free course and resource along with my new tutoring agency.