Getting into the rhythm.

From July to December…what happened?

DoSing happened, that’s what!

We started back on September 5th. One of our teachers had written over the summer holidays to resign. Luckily we had some good CVs on file, and were able to arrange Skype interviews. We found a very keen person who knew our city already, which is a bonus. She arrived the second week, and part of my DoS duty was to carry out her induction. I met with her to go over courses, materials, the school itself, Cambridge exams, and timetabling details. Upon reflection, I can say that this is an area where I can definitely improve as a DoS. She had many questions over the next few weeks which I should have anticipated.

Question: What is YOUR induction process like?

There were a lot of placement tests throughout September – our adult courses start in October. My timetable for September was as follows:

10:30 – 12:30: Meeting with teachers, planning, creating an in-house training schedule and materials, and reviewing course materials.

15:00 – 19:00 – Placement tests…

Phew!

Question: How are placement tests organised in your ELTO?

 

What I achieved in the first three weeks.

July 2018. Three very intense weeks while I began to put what I had learned into practice. We began with a full staff meeting. The agenda had been planned in advance by the school director and myself, with input from the teachers and administration staff. This is important – we want all staff to be involved in decisions which concern their working environment.

I spent some time getting my time management system in place. I drew on input from Sandy Millin (Taking Back Time) andĀ  the academic planner fromĀ Productive Flourishing. To start with, I used their free pages, but then bought the academic planner, and I am so pleased I did. I use it to guide my thinking as I begin to get my head around all that needs doing.

During the first weeks, I met with each teacher for an initial apraisal meeting. I wanted to get a feel for where they are in their teaching journey, and how I can help them develop. I also started the first observation cycle. Week Four would have seen me finish that, however, I got pneumonia, of all things, and ended up spending that week in bed.