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« Reply #1880 on: August 31, 2020, 07:52:35 pm »
I feel for you all, my heart goes out to you.
It's gonna be a shit show at every level and despite detailed planning by the schools, some before the end of term, some since the latest guidance, I predict chaos.

Starting at the bus stop. Confusion within the schools. Bewilderment at home.

I feel for you all. Did anyone think of the pupils?

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« Reply #1881 on: September 4, 2020, 07:35:56 pm »
Oh my god....

What a week.

I’m broken.  Not used to standing up all day again either!

There’s always 1000 issues to solve at the start of term, but this year it’s way more.

We’ve only had 4 year group in, the other three on Monday. The bubbles have worked well so far, all down to my immaculate planning I’m sure ;D

Staff are being a pain in the arse.  Loads of request to change rooms to ‘their’ room. They don’t quite get that there is no ‘their’ room anymore.

I’m am fucking knackered though....  I need a holiday. 
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« Reply #1882 on: September 4, 2020, 08:11:01 pm »
Ha my HoD kept talking about her room before being told that she needed to not think of it as her room!

I’ve got to say, I would be finding not having a room a lot lot harder if I didn’t have my own office. Seeing teachers displaced all over the school during their non contact times and they all look out of place

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« Reply #1883 on: September 4, 2020, 08:45:23 pm »
Ha my HoD kept talking about her room before being told that she needed to not think of it as her room!

I’ve got to say, I would be finding not having a room a lot lot harder if I didn’t have my own office. Seeing teachers displaced all over the school during their non contact times and they all look out of place
They will, get used to it.

I once taught in 17 rooms...that was without a global pandemic!
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« Reply #1884 on: September 4, 2020, 08:59:05 pm »
What's the "my room" thing about?

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« Reply #1885 on: September 4, 2020, 09:20:23 pm »
I am so so tired. Students are wrecked, in Ireland we are all wearing masks all day in class. Very tough going.
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« Reply #1886 on: September 4, 2020, 09:22:29 pm »
What's the "my room" thing about?

Its a room, that belongs to someone for a period of time.



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« Reply #1887 on: September 4, 2020, 09:22:38 pm »
What's the "my room" thing about?
Some teachers have a room they usually teach in. They become hugely possessive of them.

Now we are in bubbles, whole year groups are in one block.

So our year 11 are in our English block. The English teachers aren’t in the same room all the time.  Not happy at all!

I’ve seldom had that luxury!
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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #1888 on: September 4, 2020, 09:23:36 pm »
I am so so tired. Students are wrecked, in Ireland we are all wearing masks all day in class. Very tough going.
I’m not used to standing up all day!  My muscles to do it have gone.....

I haven’t even taught a  lesson. But I’ve been absurdly busy.  Just different levels. 
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« Reply #1889 on: September 4, 2020, 09:37:02 pm »
I’m not used to standing up all day!  My muscles to do it have gone.....

I haven’t even tagged a lesson. But I’ve been absurdly busy.  Just different levels. 
i am in next week running pc tests for year 12’s it will
be interesting for me to see how all this works
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« Reply #1890 on: September 4, 2020, 09:40:19 pm »
i am in next week running pc tests for year 12’s it will
be interesting for me to see how all this works
It’s been good so far...  although our year 11 have not come back with good behaviour on their minds. The sixth form have been excellent though. Some kids are clearly nervous, but after a couple of days they’ve relaxed.  We’ve had really good compliance on maintaining bubbles but it’s early days.
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« Reply #1891 on: September 4, 2020, 09:42:57 pm »
A lot of students mental health deeply affected, will need ever bit of my 20 years experience to get them through this. Working with a few new young teachers , my heart goes out to them.
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« Reply #1892 on: September 4, 2020, 10:10:39 pm »
Art rooms do not count as a class room, as no-one technically learns anything in there, nor do they feel as if they are learning anything. Other than detentions and the folding of half sided painted coloured paper, to make butterflies, these rooms are only really frequented by those who are shit at the important stuff, so take up art. Tepid.
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« Reply #1893 on: September 4, 2020, 10:39:31 pm »
Art rooms do not count as a class room, as no-one technically learns anything in there, nor do they feel as if they are learning anything. Other than detentions and the folding of half sided painted coloured paper, to make butterflies, these rooms are only really frequented by those who are shit at the important stuff, so take up art. Tepid.
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« Reply #1894 on: September 5, 2020, 01:37:42 pm »
My week was mixed - started the head of year role quite well I'd say - gave my first assembly and hosted a zoom welcome evening for 70 odd parents so baptism of fire but good to get that done early and feel more confident now.

Big issue with rooming though. So far I've been in 2 rooms with no workable projector/computer which is an issue. We've been told they're working on it but could be a few weeks which means I'm going to have to do lots of chalk and talk as it were, not the best for GCSE English.

It is harder to manage things when you've rushed to a building on the other side of school, the class are already there and the  computer isn't working etc - it goes against everything I've been used to as a teacher in terms of making sure lessons start well in an orderly fashion but it is what it is for the time being and we all have to just get on with it I guess.

Covid safety,  we're doing what we can but I think it's pretty impossible to manage it consistently - can see things slipping after a few weeks/months.
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« Reply #1895 on: September 5, 2020, 02:15:11 pm »
Different perspective to the rest of you as I'm in IT support rather than teaching, but we're essentially just rolling with whatever changes are needed so far. Our teachers are about to experience the 'travel to the kids' thing that everyone is doing, and we're about to get into a fight over how the classroom equipment is used, as some teachers have asked SLT to mandate that staff use their laptops instead and leave all the cables trailing over the desk for the next person. What they haven't reckoned on is that modern laptops, as issued to about 50% of the staff, don't have VGA ports anymore to connect to the projectors. So I predict a lot of running to classrooms in the first few weeks because some selfish teacher has decided to use their laptop and left it all disconnected for the next teacher.

It's also come out today that support staff have gone onto the statutory duty rota, which seems crazy - our busiest times for helping teachers is (funnily enough) outside of lesson time, so now 2 days a week they'll find the IT office closed because we're on duty before and after school, break time AND lunchtime on those days.
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« Reply #1896 on: September 5, 2020, 03:31:02 pm »
We don’t even have laptops..
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« Reply #1897 on: September 6, 2020, 10:52:14 am »
Art rooms do not count as a class room, as no-one technically learns anything in there, nor do they feel as if they are learning anything. Other than detentions and the folding of half sided painted coloured paper, to make butterflies, these rooms are only really frequented by those who are shit at the important stuff, so take up art. Tepid.

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« Reply #1898 on: September 6, 2020, 10:54:56 am »
The world would be a better place if everyone took up Art, Chopper.  ;)
Oh no ....

No no no...


Not me... I cannot draw anything
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« Reply #1899 on: September 6, 2020, 11:02:12 am »
Oh no ....

No no no...


Not me... I cannot draw anything

Everyone can draw something, and the are so many different types of art you can do. You can do digital art just blending pictures together to make another picture. It is so relaxing, takes all the stress out of life. It was the one thing in the lockdown that kept me sane.
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« Reply #1900 on: September 6, 2020, 11:06:17 am »
Everyone can draw something, and the are so many different types of art you can do. You can do digital art just blending pictures together to make another picture. It is so relaxing, takes all the stress out of life. It was the one thing in the lockdown that kept me sane.

During lockdown I spent time creating a variety of landscapes and buildings for a model rail layout. I've never thought of myself as creative and I surprised myself at how well I managed.

However in school I was definitely in the Chopper camp when it came to art. Mind you all the lads with the best taste in music and clothes went on to art school so there must have been something in it.

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« Reply #1901 on: September 6, 2020, 11:17:22 am »
During lockdown I spent time creating a variety of landscapes and buildings for a model rail layout. I've never thought of myself as creative and I surprised myself at how well I managed.

However in school I was definitely in the Chopper camp when it came to art. Mind you all the lads with the best taste in music and clothes went on to art school so there must have been something in it.

I have to admit I am not the best artist my drawing is a bit hit and miss. But I don't even think it matters anyway you can still get away with that by painting around it. I am starting to attempt landscapes both in my painting and my digital art which I am really enjoying at the moment. It just keeps you occupied which is great in the situation we're in at the moment.

I loved Art at school, mainly because apart from English Literature I found school a really hard slog. That comes from having a sister and brother who did really well and after a slow start due to my hearing at Junior School, I always felt an intense pressure to do well. I always seemed to take to the creative stuff more than the practical lessons.
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« Reply #1902 on: September 6, 2020, 11:20:40 am »
Everyone can draw something, and the are so many different types of art you can do. You can do digital art just blending pictures together to make another picture. It is so relaxing, takes all the stress out of life. It was the one thing in the lockdown that kept me sane.
No.  It’s the opposite. I hate it.  I’m so crap it irritates me and frustrates me.  It’s just not something I have any talent for.

My creative expression is from cooking and signing ....

I do envy people who are good at art, but I’m at the far other end of the spectrum!
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« Reply #1903 on: September 6, 2020, 11:59:14 am »
I thought you were an Art teacher? :D what do you teach?

Good luck to you all, my kids are back in tomorrow. First day of working from home since lockdown where I’ll be completely alone.

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« Reply #1904 on: September 6, 2020, 12:03:39 pm »
I thought you were an Art teacher? :D what do you teach?

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« Reply #1905 on: September 6, 2020, 12:11:16 pm »
I thought you were an Art teacher? :D what do you teach?

Good luck to you all, my kids are back in tomorrow. First day of working from home since lockdown where I’ll be completely alone.

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« Reply #1906 on: September 6, 2020, 12:13:37 pm »
I thought you were an Art teacher? :D what do you teach?

Good luck to you all, my kids are back in tomorrow. First day of working from home since lockdown where I’ll be completely alone.
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« Reply #1907 on: September 6, 2020, 02:15:31 pm »
We don’t even have laptops..

I have had teachers comment about how well equpped our staff are compared to other places they've worked (there are about as many laptops issued to staff as we have across the whole site for student use).

But I assumed that all schools did geneally equip their staff somehow?
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« Reply #1908 on: September 6, 2020, 09:08:03 pm »
So the oldest has started primary, and looking to put the youngest into nursery in the new year, and where I am in life I'm looking to re-introduce myself into teaching after this year.  I didn't go into it after my training year so I'd be an NQT when I start, just after tips for what I can do between now and looking to apply when the jobs are likely to come around at the turn of the year.  Supply?  Tutoring?  I know a few of your guys have senior roles so, when recruiting, what would you look at which would mean I have a shout, because a 3-year gap from teaching without getting my NQT is a massive turn-off, I already know that.

Also, I'm already looking like I'll have two kids I'll be tutoring this year but while I've got work for them to do, I don't really know how I'll go about giving a price point per hour, how to pace the sessions, etc.
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« Reply #1909 on: September 6, 2020, 09:44:19 pm »
So the oldest has started primary, and looking to put the youngest into nursery in the new year, and where I am in life I'm looking to re-introduce myself into teaching after this year.  I didn't go into it after my training year so I'd be an NQT when I start, just after tips for what I can do between now and looking to apply when the jobs are likely to come around at the turn of the year.  Supply?  Tutoring?  I know a few of your guys have senior roles so, when recruiting, what would you look at which would mean I have a shout, because a 3-year gap from teaching without getting my NQT is a massive turn-off, I already know that.

Also, I'm already looking like I'll have two kids I'll be tutoring this year but while I've got work for them to do, I don't really know how I'll go about giving a price point per hour, how to pace the sessions, etc.

Have a look at supply. Employers might be sceptical about your 3 year hiatus. However,  supply can open so many doors and gives you scope to make a positive impression ahead of vacancies becoming available.  Better still, you get a feel for the place. If you like it you stay, if you find if to be hell on earth you can do your stint and move on.
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« Reply #1910 on: September 6, 2020, 09:48:41 pm »
Yep, supply work.

It will prove you’ve still got the classroom routines in place.

What subject are you?  I seem to remember physics?

If that’s the case, you have no need to worry!
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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #1911 on: September 7, 2020, 08:30:41 pm »
Yeah, physics.  I had some mental health issues but just started to deal with those a lot more so feel in a better place to deal with things.  It's still been tough to get a position though even when I applied straight off the bat, had three rejections.

Going to look at registering for supply, wonder whether it'll be worthwhile to keep my current work in my back pocket too.
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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #1912 on: September 7, 2020, 09:08:05 pm »
Yeah, physics.  I had some mental health issues but just started to deal with those a lot more so feel in a better place to deal with things.  It's still been tough to get a position though even when I applied straight off the bat, had three rejections.

Going to look at registering for supply, wonder whether it'll be worthwhile to keep my current work in my back pocket too.
I reckon you could pick up full time work within two weeks if you wanted.

Sign up with a couple of agencies.  Or just write to heads at schools you like.  Physics teachers are like rocking horse shit.

Up to you, but with physics, all avenues are open right now. 

(Glad to hear that you are in a better place though).
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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #1913 on: October 3, 2020, 11:17:44 pm »
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« Reply #1914 on: October 6, 2020, 06:37:30 pm »
Shit atmosphere at the moment. Hating it.

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« Reply #1915 on: October 6, 2020, 06:50:15 pm »
Shit atmosphere at the moment. Hating it.
Why shit mate?

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« Reply #1916 on: October 6, 2020, 07:34:06 pm »
Why shit mate?



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« Reply #1917 on: October 6, 2020, 07:37:09 pm »
Anyone noticed a relaxing of how strictly your schools are enforcing the covid rules?

Gf has come back today and said it’s nothing like the first week and both kids and senior management are becoming more and more lax about things.

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Re: The Teachers' Thread
« Reply #1918 on: October 6, 2020, 07:57:03 pm »
Everyone stressed, kids high as kites, 2 covid confirmed positive  cases this week and doubtless more incoming. It's just a nightmare.
Can I ask why people are stressed?  Is there a particular reason for it?
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« Reply #1919 on: October 6, 2020, 08:59:35 pm »
Anyone noticed a relaxing of how strictly your schools are enforcing the covid rules?

Gf has come back today and said it’s nothing like the first week and both kids and senior management are becoming more and more lax about things.

Not at our place. We are just as on top of things, if not more on top of things than at the start of term. We’ve had a few cases and a few bubbles (sometimes classes, sometimes half of year groups) have had time self-isolating and working remotely.

Shit atmosphere at the moment. Hating it.

I’m finding it the opposite myself. The endless, pointless academic tick boxes are on the back burner and just being able to teach seems to be at the forefront of lessons