I don’t know about you, but I have always found that children struggle to answer questions in comprehensions properly and correctly. Sometimes they don’t know how to start finding the answers or what kind of answers they are looking for.
With the new curriculum putting more and more emphasis on comprehension, a lot of schools have been asked to include one comprehension lesson a week.
As it rolls around to this time of year, it certainly seems to be the case that our souls need to be saved from the classroom! The countdown is well and truly on until the Christmas holidays. Personally, I am finding it a slog at the moment with extra-curricular things that are going on around the school, as well as data that needs to be collated and logged and observations taking place…but the end is in sight! We will get there!
The demands of teaching are such that it is often easier to go to work ill than to call in sick. What with the planning involved and the pile of marking left to welcome you back, many teachers just don’t do it!
When Harlow MP Robert Halfon was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Education as part of Teresa May’s July reshuffle, he immediately tweeted his excitement at being given the apprenticeships brief.
So he asked what I was teaching that afternoon.
All afternoon? Really?
Yup, all afternoon.
Really? So you must have to give them loads of input? Spend half an hour showing them work by the impressionists? Give them loads of ideas to get started with?