Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Tales from New Teachers

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Tales from New Teachers

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perfectionist planning

The problem

It was my second week as a school-based trainee teacher. The workload was already snowballing and I was anticipating a full-blown avalanche later in the term.

I was, however, excited to have been given the opportunity to teach a small class from Day 1. But the class would be tricky, requiring tailored lesson plans. There was to be no pilfering of existing presentations or ransacking worksheet banks. I had to start from scratch.

I was soon exhausted, having spent hours planning the first lesson. Bogged down in a quagmire of internet-based resources, textbooks and swirling graphics, I felt that I couldn't do any more but would never do enough. Perfecting the plan had taken a terrifyingly long time.

Consequently, my panic over time management had grown, and I knew I needed to nip this in the bud before my workload skyrocketed.

The options

My husband, laid-back as ever, suggested simply removing my hands from the keyboard at a fixed time each night and watching an episode of Game of Thrones. Not ideal.

Another trainee reminded me not to worry about getting the content 100 per cent perfect; after all, lessons often go off-piste. Sage advice, but my second lesson was on the Tuesday and I had a wedding in the diary for that weekend. …

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