Easter Holidays. Time to recuperate before the final drilling of examination preparation and the wondering why we didnt start doing something sooner, something more effective, something different…
What I wanted to discuss in this blog was whether you feel it is a teachers responsibility or should be the expectation that a teacher puts on extra classes for students?
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Recently, I have noticed more and more teachers going in to school during the Easter holidays to provide revision classes.
Dare I say, schools are expecting this? I know schools pay staff ‘extra’ for this time at times, but others do not…
I guess the question I want to ask is…
BUT BEFORE I DO– I RESPECT AND THINK THE WORLD OF TEACHERS THAT GIVE UP THEIR OWN TIME FOR THEIR STUDENTS.
How effective is this time in school with these students?
Do we feel because we are in front of the students giving them the resources they are doing it properly? Have we succumbed to the idea that without us, they simply will not do it? Is this OK? Or…maybe we KNOW our students and know that they don’t have a quiet place to work, don’t have the ability to be free from external pressures to revise. So providing them this school time will benefit them immeasurably…?
Maybe these students are the students that need that extra push from a
- A —> A*
After all we are measured on these students performances. Now, with performance related pay will we as educators feel more obliged to provide this additional time. I think so.
Should we be expected to do it? Does our moral conscious weigh down on us too heavy if we do not. I know for instance, this easter, I am not teaching year 11s this year. I have been relieved that I haven’t felt I needed to go in to school. But, if next year, when my GCSE students are in Year 11 I will feel I must, I should. Is that right? I know, I don’t have to. Nobody is forced to right?
Are the holidays actually holidays? Both for us and students? Also, isn’t this the time, parents see their children? Spend time with them? Both for teachers and their children and students parents.
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(I realise I am not providing answers, but this blog, provides a platform for me to express my thoughts, mostly, just via questions…)
What about extra classes? After school? Lunch time?
- Why should a teacher have to go over something the students should have learnt in class?
Is it because the student was excluded? Absent? Not paying attention? Is it because the teacher knows without this prerequisite learning the student(s) will fall into a deeper depth of unknown and the cycle of un-achievement will continue further…?
I am hearing too much about teachers spending their personal time trying to get kids to catch up, do more.
I am a massive advocate for levelling the playing field for students that are vulnerable and disadvantaged. See my blog here about my role as Director of Inclusion and my blog about Pupil Premium here.
However, are we setting up our students to fail if we simply keep providing? Or without this provision are we allowing failure?
I always say to my students…
I provide 60% for you… (with my lessons, my online links, my resources, my physical resources and time.) You must provide the extra 40%. This is by learning, paying attention, attending and putting in work outside of lesson.
I make this clear to them, that I have done my bit, that I have worked really hard FOR them and they now need to work hard for themselves.
Some students will always need that extra help, extra support and more time… but are we entering into a time where we are simply falling into catch up rather than expectation?
I know some teachers that outrightly refuse to provide any additional time other than their lessons. I know some that will frown on this and think it is is our job to provide this extra time… however, where do we draw the line?
What do we think?
What is really odd is that most (just based on my personal interactions), of the teachers that are going in to school to provide these revision sessions are planning activities they wouldn’t normally during their lessons? Is it because they are too time consuming to plan? Or you wouldn’t take lesson time doing so? Whatever the reason, shouldn’t revision be recapping and revamping their previous learning…?
I have written about revision here and collated some fab blogs by others.
Once students leave school, will they ever get this much support in anything?
I am not sure I have a point in this blog, other than teaching is becoming harder and harder, more accountability to the powers that be, could be adding to our already full moral platform…?
It took me 15 minutes to write this blog…
— Amjad Ali (@ASTsupportAAli) April 7, 2015
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