This term is moving forward with some speed that actually left me with feeling a bit flustered and with a feeling that no significant progress has been made in any areas of the deliberate learning acts for my students.
This has lead to me to feeling frustrated as I have never felt before at this time in a first term.
Time was needed to reflect seriously as to what the reason for all this might be and I came to the following conclusion:
* Harold the Giraffe from Life Ed was at our school - time out of class
* Sport BOP 'leg it' programme - out of class for an hour each week for 3 weeks already (3 more to come!)
* School Triathlon/Duathlon day
* School Swimming Sports day
* New students arriving - enforce class routines time and time again.
All these took time away from establishing a stable learning culture within our class. I don't think for one second that these activities are not deemed valuable, as they are equally important in creating other learning experiences for students.
On a more positive note, as I want to make sure that my students are getting the best individual learning experiences possible, I have created their own ILP as mentioned in my Professional goals earlier - which seems to be working well. And I do see accomplishements in learning, no matter how small.
So what now? Now I just need to move forward and follow this 'advice'.
"Problems are only opportunities in work clothes." - Henry J. Kaiser