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Term 2, week 1

Just come home from my first ever batch of parent interviews. It was actually really heartening. Of course, none of the parents I really needed to talk to showed up, but meeting the ones whose children obviously like me/enjoy my teaching was a real ego boost. And it was interesting to be able to put a bit of context to some of the students I teach. Apparently it didn’t go well for all staff, but I had a great time, despite being really tired. Is it school holidays yet?

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Term 2, week 1

First day of term II. I feel pretty relaxed after a week in Brisbane and the chance to spend some quality time with Vanessa. I did, however, spend a lot of the second week of the holidays – talk about difficult. I’d really like some PD on this. Because, really, even with criteria etc. I found making judgement calls between different levels of work really really hard. Generally, I was surprised by the lack of insight shown by many of my Y13 students – it was as if they’ve never written an essay before. On the plus side, Rebecca wrote a beautiful piece which was a clear excellence. Bravo.

Y12s will need some resubmission time. Some good responses but they HATE writing and it shows. Some good insight but generally it isn’t backed up by examples/details. They’re mostly very very glib.

The prozac has kicked in. Feeling much, much better. Still stressed, but now I feel capable of dealing with the stress.

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Term 1, week 10

Last day of term. I got close reading assessments from most of my Y13s (as good as I can hope, I guess) and have a bunch of marking I need to get done in the holidays. It’s been a rocky term but I feel really good that I’ve actually made it this far. I am not one quarter of the way into the year, and have survived. It’s got to get easier, surely?

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Term 1, week 10

LAST WEEK FOR TERM!!!

Assessments for Y12 and Y13 – a busy week ahead.

Started an in-class Narrative task with Y12s – have tried to do lots of scaffolding but the absences due to drama camp and the production is going to make this difficult. Have tried to re-screen Star Wars and Heavenly Creatures at lunch breaks, but the turnout has been low. Let’s see how they go.

Y13s are starting their Close Reading assessment, although again, some inter-school sports thing (ribbon touch or something?) means that some students are away and will need to make up the assessment at another time.

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