Next playground duty, followed by Literacy and the joys of common and proper nouns. A group activity which they enjoyed but was noisy to say the least! Mind you 34 six year olds and 2 adults in a class is bound to be noisy.
At 12o'clock it was lunchtime but today I had a lunchtime meeting at 12.30.
After lunch was my PPA. A welcome part of the week as it provides an opportunity to 'catch up' on marking, assessment, tracking, IEPs, phone calls, co-ordinator duties and hopefully planning for the following week. And all of this in two and a half hours! Needless to say I didn't get through everything but I gave it my best shot.
After school my TA and I settled down to write replies to 34 letters. My class write a letter home to their parents every Friday (check out my blog on Friday books). Now for some silly reason I thought it would be a good idea if they wrote a letter to my TA and I about their Christmas break! It seemed like a good idea at the time.
But today was the realisation we had to write 34 replies. Suprisingly we got through 30 in two and a half hours after school. We made them as personal as we could and even added tips on how to improve their letters next time.
So here we are 4 days into the new term and I am genuinely running to stand still! A state I know I share with the majority of my fellow teachers and indeed everyone involved in education.
It's a good job for most of us it's a vocation!