Are we there yet?!

Writing gets pushed to the side when you feel like you have a million and one tasks to complete and you feel like you’re paddling to keep your head above water. Who said swimming, or teaching for that matter, was easy?

This past term and a half have been a whirlwind. From assessments, reporting, teaching and a sprinkle of enjoyment thrown in, the life of a first year teacher is overwhelming.

Here’s some of the highlights from the last term;

  • We integrated beebots into our position unit! Woo! The kids engaged with this so well and really took on the vocabulary with their peers of position. I also found it a really practical unit, as we walked around the school, discussing which way the beebot should go now, the students grasped an understanding of left and right and how the beebots function. We used chalk to plan their paths on concrete and had challenging discussions when something didn’t go the way they thought it would.
  • We smashed our new geography unit! Can anyone say fieldwork? Nature maps, sound maps, park excursions and a trip to West Head. My colleague went above and beyond in the program and the execution meant all the students were engaged in an exciting program!
  • We have just started an integrated maths unit (whole number, A+S, length) and it is exciting! The children so far (see some twitter posts) are loving it and I’m excited to see where it goes. How far can you jump?


And here’s the three things I feel have got me this far;

  • I’ve learnt – through attending the apple learning academy, new scheme days and trying to read everything possible.
  • I struggled – and boy did it teach me a few things. When I’ve been close to melt down over the sheer workload of a teacher (who knew we didn’t just work 9-3?) I’ve taken a couple of steps back to look at how I can simply things. Getting marking done as I go, keeping things simple in repetition rather than focusing on always making it wow! and talking to teachers about different ways things can be done. I’ve learnt – possibly the most I ever have in my life.
  • I reflected – What has worked? What have I thrown our the window? Every single day I have reflected. Not because I feel I have to but because I feel that if I reflect every single day that’s one way I know at the end of the year I have down my best to teach my children the best I can.


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