I ran my first Teachmeet (and learned that my self-induced expectations are ridiculous).
I spoke passionately and honestly about the teaching climate today, with emphasis being on to be a better teacher for students, you have to protect yourself.
I pulled off a guest speaker with @thefixupteam for Y9 that had a HUGE impact on students.
I gave a merit to my severely autistic boy for his bravery and confidence. He cried.
I found out that some children actually like having me as their teacher.
I have let my illness change my teaching so that the students ran the show.
I have witnessed some of my most reluctant learners celebrate their success through our long term homework pilot.
I have refocussed my efforts for preparing GCSE stuff that has been on my to do list FOREVER- I may actually contribute more than a Ppt stuffed with animated GIFs.
I tinkered with Powtoons. I love it!
I met some inspiring new teachfolk that will be invaluable.
I got to watch @PivotalPaul in action again and remember how emotionally attached I am to teaching.
I received several comments from staff about how absolutely GORGEOUS my small person is.
I cracked on with that heap of marking. Efficiently.
I used student voice to get clarification and confirmation that they do actually not only recognise the value of homework, but enjoy it.
I shared some positivity with many different staff, and got to know some a little more.
I changed my teaching and experimented again with approaches that I know have worked.
I emailed year 9 to let them know that I am here for them before their exams and that I had every faith in their efforts and capabilities.
I set up Film Club.
I compiled a list of books for the library including some fantastic young people’s poetry to inspire!
I sat with kids at lunch every day to work with them or share my love of literature with them.
I talked to three girls in tears (separate times, no en masse!) and told them it would be ok. And meant it.
I sat down with a very isolated young man and made a plan.
I created beautiful poetry.
I got brave and sent off the poetry for judging!
I judged some fantastic stories for the @bbcradio2 500 words competition.
I took some work off people’s hands.
I did as much as I could pre exams before taking to reins off.
I took time for myself in between.
It’s amazing how much you can fit into a week- I bet you’ve managed to squeeze in a whole heap of amazing bits.