Many teachers do this.
To quote Tom Jones, "It's not unusual".
My New Year's Resolution for 2015 is not to do any school work at the weekend.
A month in and I'm still sticking to it.
Am I lazy?
Is there a huge pile of planning and marking waiting for me on Monday morning?
Am I a terrible teacher?
Every teacher knows that it is impossible to do the job properly if you're only prepared to work from 9 until 3:30 each school day but so far I've made a concerted effort to get all of my work done during the week so that I can relax at the weekend.
So, what have I been doing?
- Working most nights until after 10pm is the honest answer but I've been doing other things, too.
- I've been trying to be positive.
- I've been working through my lunch breaks.
- I've been getting the students to peer and self assess more. Under my watchful eye, of course.
- I've been using marking stickers...
They say: "Since I last marked your work on _________________ you have made little/some/good/excellent progress with_____________________. To improve you must now____________________________.
The students then respond to the feedback, write what they are going to do improve and give examples.
- I've been using highlighters to identify all the good things in the students' work. (See my post on effective feedback)
- I've been planning ahead.
- I've not been setting writing homework at KS3
Obviously, I'm not saying that everyone should do this and I know for a fact that there are teachers who love spending their lives doing school work at home.
In the long term, if I'm honest with myself, I know that I'm just kidding myself and that at some point I will have to do some school work at the weekend.
But this is going to be the exception, not the rule.
And if I ever do find myself in a situation where I have six sets of books to mark which are all due in the next day, then that's the day I shall give up my job and start looking for my life...