Some people find this time of year in Teaching relaxing because the examination groups have left and people are winding down.
I actually don’t like this time of year, particularly this year as I only gained 3 periods over a two week cycle. My examination groups, and my form are either Year 10 or Lower Sixth so I have to keep going with them. In additon to the normal day to day stuff there is the added pressure of confirming arrangements for next year.
I have spent a couple of hours this afternoon looking at our Key Stage 3 programme of study and tweaking it for the upcoming year. It did not need any major changes as it was overhauled all at once last year.
The main addition is a unit on Glaciation. This is a topic that we used to teach at GCSE but don’t anymore, in addtion on the Geography Teaching Today site there is a new unit of work on Glacial Environments that will be a source of inspiration.
I now need to spend the next month going through and amending schemes of work based on feedback (and if I’m honest in some case writing them).