There are so many things I like about June.
Picnics (when it doesn’t rain). A three day trip away with my class that is always hilarious. Wimbledon. Long summer evenings where it stays later longer and the temptation to linger over drinks, dinner, coffee sets in. The alluring knowledge that summer break (more on which, soon!) is just around the bend, with its naps and adventures and lack of having to wear smart clothes.
However, as all teachers know, it’s also reports season.
Now, exams I can take.
As much of a fan as I am of formative assessment (for those not submerged in the jargon of teaching, checking children’s progress in a constant way, daily, weekly etc., and changing our planning and targeting to ensure the children learn well at whatever pace works for them), and while I believe dearly in ipsative assessment (you’re only racing yourself!), summative assessment is part of life. In every field, there will be an exam/final/interview/first date/presentation/test at the end of the road. So I see why we teach the children how to do exams and as a class teacher I find them a useful tool (when used alongside an array of tools, naturally!).
I know why they are useful, sure. Well, I think I do, and I know parents appreciate the summing up of the year in plain old black and white. However, as someone who emails/meets with her class parents pretty much weekly, or whenever it’s required, it always seems like an odd time to write a tonne. I’d rather write a nice letter to my boys and wish them well, offer some advice (listen more than you speak! Keep being awesome! Be a great friend! Your nose is *not* a portable buffet!), but school requires that I write a report for each child to take home to his parents.
So write them I shall.
I’m a stickler for the rules.
36 English, 18 Maths, 18 History, 54 RS, and 18 ‘tutor’. That is 144. I have started them now, but know with exams up next week I’ll have to add additional thoughts on their exam performance too. I have plenty to say on their classwork and preps though, so it’s worth making a start now.
These reports are due end of June. I’d like them all inputted into our system by June 27th (bar the ‘tutor’ reports), and inputting takes a couple of days, so really my deadline is June 25th.
Today I wrote 9 maths reports, so I’m currently at 9/144.
It’s going to be an admin heavy month!
Haha, back to the usual fun and games tomorrow here on Country Mouse In The City!