Not surprisingly, perhaps, given yesterday, I felt very subdued today. I was fortunate enough to have an hour of non-contact time first, which gave me time to complete some vital tasks away from pupils. Then it was a KS3 day. Two lots of Year 8 ICT to start with; the first was very hard work with the pupils extremely noisy; the second (usually a harder class) much better, with some pupils producing some excellent work.
After lunch I had Year 7 Maths - which is outside my comfort zone, but I was pleased with how today's lesson went; I managed to get them to discuss ideas and I think we made some progress. That was followed by my Year 8 English class. I have them immediately after a PE lesson, and to add to the mix today they had not been able to get outside for lunch or break. However, they worked really well. We started a new topic, on World War 1 poetry, and today we were looking at initial ideas, building towards them writing a poem of their own. It went well; there was some impressive concentration and some good first thoughts. I'm quite looking forward to their work tomorrow, finishing their poems.
I ended the day feeling much more positive than I began - teaching is still the thing which gives me a buzz - though tonight I'm again feeling none too positive about myself, picking my lessons apart and only seeing the holes.