This is a section of my tracking. A document which is the summary of seven weeks of hard work with 37 small children. It shows where I judge a child to be, in developmental terms, using the documentation which tells me where a child should be in age related terms. Government produced documentation, at great expense, consulting large amounts of experts, so that I can produce this. It will show me my whole class at a glance and let me know where I should be targeting my efforts to get these children all to the age related, expected developmental stage by the time they leave the nursery. This document represents hours of work-the real work of being with the children every day and trying my best, along with the rest of the team, to help them. The actual piece of paper took a very long tome to type and fill in fancy colours, and I am dubious as to its real value. I already know, without looking at this piece of paper, which children are doing well in which areas and those who need extra help and support for whatever reason. But, I have to produce this, to show (prove) progress. I have to produce it to show managers, one of whom in particular has no idea what I do day to day (the other two do so I will let them off!) Ofsted, (the school inspection body), are due soon. They, hopefully, will love this. They had better love it! It is weird-I am kind of pleased with this piece of paper, as I devised this latest version, and it does show what I want it to. But it makes me sad, the way we are forced to make judgements on people so young, when they have so far to go. I wonder if this country will go the other way soon, where trying to measure so much about us, and to target set in every single little piece of our lives, will become out of vogue. Or will it just continue to get more and more ridiculous and unmanageable? In great contrast, this is the real joy of teaching. Going to Forest School for the first time this term, with a new group, and having such a lovely relaxed time. The children loved it. One of them, who came with me yesterday to help collect rubbish, calls it 'going to the forest'.
We found this really beautiful piece of fungus on one of the logs at base camp.