I am currently on the train back from London. It’s been a rather inspiring weekend. I ran an ATL 'teach meet' based on technology and computing with a group of trainee and newly qualified teachers. To get them thinking I challenged them to draw the internet. The results proved very interesting.
Katie Gascoigne is an ATL Future member teaching in a secondary academy based in the North of England and last year’s Conference was her first introduction to getting more active with ATL.
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.