Friday, 24 July 2015

Keeping Up!



This feels incredibly accurate for me right now! I come home at the end of the day and my husband asks me, "How was your day? What did you get up to?" I'm sure I am not alone as a teacher wondering how on earth do we answer this question?! 

For example, today I took 6 running records, worked one-to-one with 4 year 2 children with their writing, marked 24 writing books, created then printed then laminated then cut out then attached labels for an entire maths, reading, writing and stationery area in a new classroom, planned a weeks worth of maths activities, replied to emails........ and taught! Was I successful? I'm not sure. Yes, lots got done, but sometimes I feel like our job is like the above image - trying to unscramble a ball of tangled wool! You come away from the day a little stunned, a lot tired and with even more on your 'to do' list.

In true reflection, I sometimes wonder if the job is being done as well as it was when I started teaching ten years ago, and spent more time teaching and less time on assessment and paperwork.

Hmmmm. Food for thought. 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Giving 100%


'Wherever you are, be all there.'
-Jim Elliot

It is interesting about how 'life' both enhancing our teaching, and takes away from our teaching. I have been fascinated to look back on term two of this year in the tenth year of my teaching career, and see the ebb and flow of how my personal life has affected my professional one. On one hand, it can be hard in the midst of reality to remember that a job is simply just a job, but on the other hand when is teaching ever just a profession? Surely it must be one of the jobs that you are either born to do, or not - simply due to the nature of needing to give 100% constantly in order for it to be successful. Sometimes I feel like I am doing this beautifully, other times, failing spectacularly!

Let the roller coaster of teaching continue!

Link to article
(Please forgive the American dates!)

Friday, 3 July 2015

Pink Day - Stop Bullying!

"Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves"
-William Hazlitt


What a great day, watching the whole of Tamaki Primary get behind the ideals of 'Pink Shirt Day'.  An amazing assembly run by student leaders in our school meant the whole school had a chance to get involved and support each other.

At lunchtime, I had over 40 children come up to me with their 'compliment' sentences. Even though it was a simple exercise, I cannot begin to share how 'warm and fuzzy' I felt when each child read off a pre-written compliment. - My favourite? "I think you are as much fun as rolling in bubble wrap."

I am hoping that I can remember to continue this - let the compliments begin!