Professionalism is hard. When, like today, after two hours editing lesson plans, an intimate hour with the laminator, 32 paintings of the sea (with approximately 32 litres of paint!), a lengthy and somewhat irrelevant conversation with a seven year old about King Kong and an over-reliance on caffeine only marks 1pm, professionalism is really hard.
I think the stresses and strains of my first week had pinned me to my bed overnight; it was not easy getting up and in to the shower this morning.
I arrived at my school just before 8 this morning with a strange feeling of familiarity.
So it’s been and gone and I’ve lived to tell the tale. On my way in to school I had got myself in a positive mindset and promised myself that whatever happened, I would end the day smiling.
I arrived this morning considerably more worried about the state of my classroom and lack of planning for the week than when I left last night.
So the life of ‘Mr Evans’ has begun. Today was a day I didn’t really know how to feel about.
The Government published its response to the National Curriculum consultation and the revised programmes of study last week. At a recent ATL meeting, one of our members described the proposed new National Curriculum framework as a Grand National for kids.
Being the only openly ‘out’ gay member of staff at school is just the norm for me and my pupils and colleagues these days, aside from the yearly ‘outing’ on arrival of the new year 7 cohort each September! However, it wasn’t always like this.
This week I had the pleasure of speaking at a Westminster Briefing Event about Personal, Social and Health Education. I was fourth to go in an impressive line up of speakers so when planning my presentation I was pretty sure there would be a whole lot of duplication if I wasn't careful. I therefore abandoned powerpoint so I wouldn't be a slave to it come what may. I went with a few key messages, and a view to identifying and addressing the issues delegates raised throughout the session.
In my work researching young people’s online behaviours, I often find myself sitting in small classrooms with groups of 10 to 12 children talking about all manner of things related to their online lives. While I have done a lot of research over the last year with older children around sexting, explicit content and the wider influences therein, more recently I have been spending time talking to KS2 and 3 pupils about gaming.