Anonymous asked: i was wondering if you could make an instructional video for the origami stars and how to make them?
Here you go :)
Mar 9, 2014
Mar 8, 2014
Last year I was a good teacher. Consistently. I even had elements of being Outstanding.
Or at least my lesson observations said as much.
Before last Summer I was confident, and in love with my profession. I loved the early mornings, the endless meetings, the eternal marking of books. It meant I was truly a teacher and my string of ‘Good’ graded lessons was the icing on a particularly yummy cake.
For those not aware teachers are graded like this; 1- Outstanding, 2- Good, 3- Requires Improvement, 4- Inadequate.
Since September I have never gotten more than a 3 in an observation. The first one was a bit of a disappointment, a blip I thought was the result of an off day. I am now on my fifth observation and it is getting harder and harder to maintain any positivity where observations are concerned.
I put 100% into planning engaging, educational and challenging schemes of work, lessons and activities. I know I’m not worse as a teacher yet I am consistently being graded as such. Feedback I am given is vague and unhelpful and less than half the mentoring time I am obligated, I don’t know how much more I can do.
I was observed by two people who are as alike in terms of teaching styles and ambition as they come and I do not have a very good history with one of them. We have very different teaching styles and I almost had to make an official complaint about this teacher’s behavior towards me a few weeks ago.
I’ve asked to be re observed next week. I am tired of being told I’m not meeting expectations but not being told how I can meet them. Especially since this time last year I was doing more than fine. Its like if I kept on telling student that they were doing A* standard work, then kept on telling them that they were doing C standard work but didn’t tell them what they had done differently or how they could improve, just that they needed to.
There isn’t really a point to this. I just really needed to vent a little.
Mar 5, 2014
Trying desperately not to have a ditherfit.
Mar 4, 2014
Mar 2, 2014
Anonymous asked: How is your class doing?
In short, stressed.
They have 9 weeks left in school before they go on Study leave. That means I have 22 lessons with them and then that’s it. They’re all working so hard and I’ve been so proud of their attitude in lesson on the whole.
The class has come on leaps and bounds since July and they’re now hands down my favourite class, rather than one I would inwardly sigh at when I was preparing for their lesson.
Feb 24, 2014
Feb 23, 2014
This morning I hit 500 followers! 500!
I started this page 3 years and three weeks ago I’d thought about it being a nice reminder for me in years to come, looking back on the first few years as a teacher. I never really thought five people would be interested in it and now there are 500.
A big thank you to every single one of my followers, it is really humbling to have your support and company and can only hope what I do keeps living up to your expectations.
Much love you fabulous humans, MissRed x
Feb 22, 2014
Anonymous asked: Has anyone said that you're wonderful today? I hope so ^-^ Have an amazing day
Oh you sweetheart *swoon*
Feb 22, 2014
Last summer a bumblebee flew into my classroom. I opened all the windows so it could fly out but the room is pretty huge and the little guy didn’t notice. I tried to encourage it to go towards them.
"Come on bee- I’ve opened the windows for you." I waved at them for effect. "Come on now, you have a job you don’t belong in here. You are a bee."
So it flies to the window and I am so happy and I continue talking to it as it tries to fly outside.
"You are such a clever bee. You’re almost there. Come on Buzzy. You can do it lad. Come on."
And it does the bee thing of trying to fly through the glass and bumping it’s little head again and again but it is getting so close to the gap and it is really tense and by now I am practically screaming at the bee in excitement.
"COME ON BEE UOU CAN DO THIS JUST A LITTLE TO THE LEFT THERE YOU GO YOU’RE ALMOST THERE COME ON BEE! "
And when it finally flew out the window I genuinely cheered out loud.
That’s when I realised the whole class had been silent for five minutes watching me scream at a bee.