Time to review

19th October 2007 at 01:00
How are you doing? Not sure? Sara Bubb suggests you find out.If you were offered an action-packed week somewhere exotic or the chance to stay in bed for as long as you like, which would you choose? I'm guessing the latter, so that you can rest your exhausted body before the onslaught leading up to Christmas.

But induction is there to help. A review of your progress with your induction tutor will help you realise how far up the mountain path to being a good teacher you've climbed. Start off by discussing what's going well. There'll be plenty of things that are better now than when you started, and celebrating them will boost your spirits.

What about the areas that need to get better? Most people benefit from a real analysis in order to get the help they need - but it isn't easy. It's hard to decide what to work on when things aren't going right, because each problem has a knock-on effect.

Problems need to be reflected upon and analysed in order to draw up the most useful objectives and plan of action. If you have control problems going on, a behaviour management course might help, but it won't if the root cause has to do with planning, relationships, attitude, pace or resources. What's going to be the priority, and what are you going to do about making things better? Your trusty induction tutor and all your other colleagues will have lots of ideas.

Remember that this review is your opportunity to say how induction is working for you. Do you have enough meetings with your induction tutor? Are professional development opportunities meeting your needs? Are you getting a 10 per cent reduced timetable and is it going well? One teacher I know is getting frustrated at having to leave work for the next teacher who takes the class, only to find that things aren't taught properly, work is unmarked and the classroom left in a mess. She's in a tricky position as the culprit is her induction tutor. Even if all your skills of diplomacy are tested, you must raise concerns - pupils deserve it.

Sara Bubb is an education consultant specialising in induction. Her Successful Induction for New Teachers has just been published by Paul Chapman, pound;18.99.

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