There are quite a few things on the go at the moment.
Last year, as an NQT, I had no Year 11s at all. This year I had 3 classes totalling 8 hours a week. As a result I’ve had a very busy year, particularly as one of the Y11 groups was picked up from a departing colleague, but now I have a significant proportion of ‘gained time’. As well as this, next year we’re not formally running the AS Computing course which has meant that the department is slightly overstaffed. All this led to the department members being asked to organise some extra projects.
Then, one of the non-specialists was promoted to head of D&T and we managed to get enough bright kids to sign up to an AS Computing course to be run in free periods, so all of that free time seems to have been eaten up. And yet the projects remain.
So what am I doing? Well, I’m learning Flash with the aims of
- allowing me to teach Unit 10 of the A2 Applied ICT
- allowing me to create Flash based resources
I’m also in charge of updating around 1/3 of the KS3 SoW and replacing the control activities previously run in Flowol with Scratch.
And finally I’m also in charge of implementing a new website for the school, but more about that in an upcoming post.
So the end result? Despite having all this ‘gained time’, and despite having to cram a lot of work over the last 10 months I’m actually more busy than ever.
And do you know what? I’m loving it. Getting to grips with new software, setting up new websites, getting the Podcast up and running finally. I wish it was like this all the year. In fact if it wasn;t for the kids, and their parents, this job would be perfect ;-p