This is great. Year 11 have been on exam leave for the past week, meaning they might only come in for revision lessons or exams (and so far I’ve had one student come back and that was last Tuesday). The ICT exam is tomorrow, so after that I gain four lessons each week. My form was a year 11 group so I gain a morning and afternoon and one lesson per week extra. The A-level ICT exam is tomorrow, so after that I guess my A-Level students will half-heartedly turn up, maybe if they can be bothered.
I’ve finished annotating and tarting up the sample GCSE coursework that needs sending off to the exam moderators, and the stupid irritating Year 8 reports are finished, printed, corrected, reprinted, sworn over and shouldn’t come back to haunt me ever again.
The only other important time sapping exercise is my year 10 reports, and to do that I will have to mark all their coursework. If I do this now I won’t have to do it next year when I’m doing six million other things again.
There’s four days of this half term left, a week off and then 6 or 7 weeks or something left before we all go away for seven weeks’ holiday.
With all this free time I intend on planning next year’s stuff before we even leave, so that I can spend the whole summer holiday doing stuff for myself safe in the knowledge I don’t have six weeks of lessons to plan, work to mark and oh my god there’s only three weeks of holiday left, where did it all go?
Teaching’s an interesting job. Overall it’s very repetitive so you can become good at it, but every day is different from the others. I like the way the year is filled with different things to keep me occupied and that every time I write a batch of reports I get a little bit more efficient and better at it.
Oh that’s something I’ll be doing over summer. I built an MS Access database that lets me make class lists and keep track of students, and I want to extend it to report writing. The boring and slow part of writing reports is the blurb about each kid. I think that if I spend a bit of time with Access I’ll manage to create a system where I can:
- record all my students and what group they’re in (it already does this)
- keep track of student grades (it can also do this)
- Allow me to keep notes on each student (an extra field in the database and a form to enter it will need making)
- Let me generate reports with this information on
That way I should (in theory) be able to keep notes on each kid as I go along, also recording their grades and then, after a bit of editing hit a button and *blam* have 96 reports coming out the printer, all different and all saying meaningful things.