Its been a few months since my last post. I have in between times run 4 field trips, marked 45 controlled assessments and well you know how the list goes. What has made it hardest for me is that in a school of around 800 pupils I am the only specialist Geography groups. I have one history teacher who has been teaching geography for 3 years now and is a superb classroom practitioner. i would love him to see the light ditch history and share the GCSE groups with me as well as take the few KS3 classes he has at the moment. However that isn’t going to happen
So I have been badgering my head for the last two years to appoint a second geographer. Last week at last my nagging paid off and the ad appeared in the TES and on our website.
A new geographer will allow me share the workload, but more importantly it would let me have another professional contribute ideas to the department. I have been teaching for 20 years now and 13 at my present school. I hope someone will come in and look at what i am covering in my Schemes of Work and how i am covering it and say “YOU STILL DOING IT LIKE THAT?” I need some shaking up and some help in revitalising the department.
This need has become more and more apparent the longer i have spent on twitter. Pretty well every day i click on a tweet that points me to a fantastic new resource or idea or lesson plan or teaching method. Sharing collaborative teaching is what i need to improve. The new teacher can be any age but innovative and collaborative approach to teaching is what i want!!
What qualities would you look for?