What have I been up to? I actually have been busy addressing other parts of my personal life in the form of a new relationship (oooooo, check you!) as well as taking on a new hobby; boxing. Boxing for me has been a lifesaver when it comes to how I deal with and handle stress within the classroom, it's comforting to know that once a week I can work it out and push myself to my absolute limit to take the edge of my time in the classroom. I took part in a charity boxing match raising over £150 for Cancer Research UK. I guess if there is any excuse for my lack of blogging, it's probably that.
|Well, at least I was keeping fit! (Image courtesy of Pexels.com)|
I am not going to lie, I hate delivering introduction lessons to any group, it is the bane of my life. It's so routine and dull, I could have joined the students as I was paddling through the PowerPoint slides describing what their year in maths is going to look like, a lot of confused faces when I said that they would either be Level 1 or 2 functional skills (but I've already got a 2?!)
I thought about ideas that worked well and things that I have considered over the last few hours that have made my life a lot easier in the long term. I considered different things that a lot of people would want from us as a maths department as well as what the students would want from us as their lecturers. There are several suggestions that I am going to share with you today in the hope that you give them a try and let me know how you get on.
Another list, oh how I've missed these:
1) Print all your registers before your day begins
First time I tried this, going to do this every year from now on. The value in having a list in front of you showing who you are expecting is invaluable when meeting the students for the first time. Unfortunately due to high volumes of maths students, we cannot get everyone enrolled onto their programme on time, so there may be instances where people need adding to groups or taking off them. The list also feeds into the third practice I tried today with a lot of success.
For more effect, amend any online registers at the end of your day, add notes on the bottom of it regarding behaviours, attitudes of new students etc.
2) Give out colour co-ordinated folders/books
|Split them by colour, it may save time searching for files (Image courtesy of pexels.com)|
3) Talk to students individually about their potential EAA's
Now, if you want to show you care in this environment, you need to get to know your students learning needs. This practice benefits your classroom twofold, not only do you get to know of any needs that need addressing, but you can also show your students that you are genuinely interested in their educational experience. Take the list you printed with you as you are doing this, it is going to serve as a document that should start to create your class profile (unless you get names and groups before they start, if so, share how your college do it!)
4) Start your class profile folder now
|Get organised now and save yourself a headache (Image courtesy of pexels.com)|
Here's a few suggestions for how you should start the year, I would love to hear how you got on within your first few days, please feel free to contact me through this blog or through my Twitter profile (@feguidebook) where we can discuss and share best practice across the whole of FE.
Only 29 teaching days until half term!