Teachers, I need your help. It’s not even Christmas yet and I’m going under.
First, some context. I’ve been teaching for just over five years. This year, I teach three subjects (history, politics and classics) with only one hour of my 21 teaching hours being KS3. All three subjects involve extended writing as a form of assessment.
It’s the first year that I’ve taught politics, at AS and A2, so the reading, planning etc for that is naturally taking up lots of time. I appreciate that this is normal when you begin teaching a new subject.
BUT… I can’t cope. I can’t cope with the planning, the marking, the parents evenings, the shitty, shitty paperwork I have to do as a Year 12 form tutor, or the pressure of doing all this in what the Telegraph recently branded the fifth most ‘socially exclusive’ school in the country.
I’ve had some success in time-saving by using David Didau’s idea of ‘marking for planning’, and building pupil reflection and improvement time into my lessons. But if anyone has ANY helpful, proven time-saving marking or planning tips I will gratefully look into them and try them out.