On the cards for this break - rest, relaxation and recharging.
In no way does that mean I won't be doing much over the next two weeks. Aside from the paperwork that's to be expected I've got a couple of projects I am actually looking forward to focusing on (there's one or two I'd rather avoid too, but you take the good and the bad together I guess):
- Project Piglet - aka planning for a Year 12 English unit exploring Shakespeare's relevance to the 21st Century using 'Hamlet'. I've struggled getting started on this unit so far because I've been sulking. My favourite play is 'Othello' and I was looking forward to exploring Othello and Iago's flaws and the role of social pressure in the tragic ending. Unfortunately I lost the paper/scissors/rock best of three that took place over the one class set we have. I got stuck (I mean luckily - see that positivity?) with 'Hamlet', not a play I'm overly familar with. So, lots of learning for me to do even before I start the indepth planning. Once I am ready to dive in I'm planning on developing a unit heavy on student centred, collaborative activities, including blogs and wikis for individuals and small group planning.
- Media Madness - Year 10, 11 and 12 all do media units in increasing complexity. The Year 11 cohort is about to start theirs looking at how youth are represented across the media and popular culture. The unit culminates in a multi-modal presentation where students present their research and conclusions about a hypothesis they develop early on in the unit. LOTS of room for digital tools to collect, analyse and create throughout the unit, especially since it's such an individualised unit with all students developing their own hypothesis and drawing their own conclusions.
- #DPLA: Just Do It! - This is a personal challenge. I've been struggling to stay positive about this at the moment. My reservations aren't linked to the workload or even to doubt about my practice - I'm struggling to come to terms with some of the expectations and how these are achievable in my context and its associated restrictions.