A new academic year is about to start in Australia and, having had some time to recharge and refresh ourselves, we can start it with an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm. We’re ready! This year, Edufolios subscribers will also be making vows about making time to reflect. In our last post, I shared 5 top tips for self-care. In this one, we’re going to explore how to make reflection apart of your routine as a teacher.
The School Year
A couple of weeks ago, a friend and I sat and mapped out as many of the major events that we could think of in our academic year. It was a really interesting process and it highlighted a few things to us. This timeline doesn’t include the time we’re teaching in the classroom, planning our lessons and completing routine marking and it’s pretty full on! What’s interesting though is that there are lulls and troughs throughout our year in which we are more likely to find time to reflect.
What does a teacher do anyway?
I can tell you, that this document shows just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the demands of our profession. It also highlights a few key moments where we can use our workload to help us hit key Standards. Here’s what i spotted.
Term 1 is actually relatively quiet and that’s great because we’re going to need to time to get to know our students and their families. There’s also time spent working on sharing and approving policies with family a fair bit of baseline assessment going on. That give us an opportunity to write about:
|School Contracts and ICT Policies Signed||4 and 7||4.5, 7.1, 7.3, 7.2|
|Baseline Testing||5||5.1, 5.4|
|Parent Acquaintance Night||7||7.3|
Of course, you’re also busy getting to know your students and so you’ll be able to blog about standard 1 as you takes some leaps of faith in your judgement around planning (1.2, 1.5, 1.6) and learning environments. Don’t forget to come back each term and reflect on how you’re developing your understanding of your students too.
Ah Term 2, home of the NAPLAN and some of us will even be doing it on line this year! (St Jude, we might need you!) This term has a heavy focus on assessment and so it’s a great time to go standard 5 crazy. Remember that Debra Panizzon, reported that this is the one we tend to avoid recording hours against for our teacher registration? Don’t be afraid! Discuss your approach to NAPLAN and if you’re lucky enough to have their grades back before the end of the term, analyse it and discuss that too!
|NAPLAN||5||5.4 (if you get data),|
|Report Writing||5||5.2, 5.5|
|School Discos and Camps||1 and 7||1.1, 7.3, 7.4|
|Transition Days and Open Evenings (H.S.)||7||7.2|
Term three is HUGE! Watch out… make sure you rest during the Term 2 holidays because, wow, there’s a lot going on! A fair few administrative tasks to take care of too here. Department job applications start up and we’ve got some themed weeks to explore. Standard three seems to get the most out of our tasks this term.
|PAT Testing||5 and 3*||5.4, 5.2, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6|
|Science Week, Numeracy and Literacy Week||2 and 3||2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.7|
|Timetabling options (HS)||3 and 7||3.7, 7.2|
*I’ve added in three here because these are the kinds of things you can reflect on after you’ve analysed the results.
We haven’t even started the school year yet, but here I am talking about the last term! – Feels kinda good.. 😉 Term 4 is another busy one. Especially for those who don’t have an Edufolio and haven’t been using it to add up PD hours and evidence standards. You might need to renew your registration this term and, if you’ve set up the PD widget, all you’re going to need to do is press one button and export the data for your TRB (Nice! Well done you!). In high school we’ve also got Year 12 exams and some moderation work to complete. There’s the end of year reports to get done too. Oh and don’t forget Sport’s day – That’s a mind field for Standard 4 when you think about it. Hot bothered and mis-behaving? Better start 4.3, Not into sports… right let’s 4.1 it! and, if you’re in the primary sector, your Kindy kids are coming for a visit.
|Course Work Moderation||5||5.3|
|Sports Day||1,3,4 and 7||1.1, 3.7, 4.4, 4.3,4.1, 7.3|
|TRB and DECD paperwork||7||7.1,7.2|
|Parent Info Evening (Year 7s)||5 and 7||5.2,5.4,5.5,7.3,|
|Kindy Transitions||4 and 7||4.1,7.4, 7.3, 7.2,|
The only standard not covered by our professional duties so far, is standard 6. Well, you’ll just have to write about your PD days, or use them as you write about the other standards and identify gaps in your learning (6.1)and have conversations with colleagues to help you get the most out of these jobs (6.3) 😉
We’re certainly busy. It’s a good job that you’ve got your Edufolio to track all of these learning opportunities and to make the most of the hours and minutes you spend reflecting on them in relation to your practice.
Want a copy of the Timeline we Created?
You’re more than welcome to grab one here 🙂 Thank you to all of the teachers in the Facebook group who contributed to it! If you have any suggestions about what we should add then please feel free to comment or join the conversation on Facebook.