Posted by: Lois Lindemann on: September 5th, 2014

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I go back to school today. Unusually, we are starting on a Friday, which is a staff training day. The students return on Monday.

We started our new timetable at the end of last term, but I still haven’t met all of my students, so my main foci this week will be learning names and starting to establish relationships and routines.

**Goals for next week:**

**1. Learn names**

Learning names seems to take me longer every year. On my first teaching practice, I knew every student’s name by the end of the week. In my first year of teaching, it took just over 2 weeks. By last year, it took too long to learn everyone’s name.

I would like to know most of my students’ names by the end of next week, so I am going to really target this, using a combination of seating plans, name plates and a cunning plan.

**2. Establish routines**

I don’t want to spend the entire year telling my students where the tracing paper is, so I will be reinforcing practical classroom routines every lesson.

I also need to get into a routine. My working hours spiralled out of control last year, so I have written myself a schedule for the week and then set reminders on my calendar. My aim is to reduce my working week to below 50 hours. I said that this time last year, will I be more successful this time?

**3. Update the Welcome to the Maths Department display**

At the end of last year, we challenged some students to draw members of the department. We provided them with photos and asked for a cartoon or drawing. Some of the results were brilliant, here are some of the pictures of me:

Some of the pictures will be going on our ‘Welcome to the Maths Department’ display. I need to get a few more drawings done for new members of staff, so hopefully the display will be complete by the end of the week.

I always plan my week, but my plans often get blown away by the hurricane of the working week. Let’s see how this one goes.