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Try to take one day at a time. It might sound corny, but it's very true — don't sweat the small stuff. I think a large number of teachers myself included are complete control freaks. So, if this applies to you: Talk about stress with colleagues: Schools need to encourage a dialogue about workload and stress management. We carried out a couple of surveys into well-being and stress and discussed the results at my school. We considered what new initiatives we were introducing and discussed taking out other activities, so we weren't constantly adding to the school calendar.

We talked about what was a reasonable amount of work to do over a holiday. But the main thing was trying to get people to see that actually we decide, ourselves, how hard we work. We do need to take control and accept responsibility for how we work. Begin your day calmly: Sit for two minutes before your pupils arrive in the morning and play some relaxation music.

Take full deep breaths. Visualise the day ahead going as well as possible and see yourself choosing to respond with calm to each child, teacher and situation that you are faced with throughout the day. I used to go into work at the start of the day and think 'right, i'm going to mark a set of books, plan five lessons for year 8 and organise this theatre trip. In reality I'd get five books marked, one lesson planned and not even think about the theatre trip. The result was I'd go home feeling like I'd failed.

Now I have a pad on my desk and write a to do list for each day. I feel much more in control, because I can physically see my work load and I work more systematically. I make realistic targets and at the end of the day, if I haven't achieved them, I think carefully about why not.

For example, I didn't mark all my books because instead I spent half an hour chatting to a student who needed support. That way you take notice of everything you have achieved, realise it is not your fault that you haven't got through your workload and recognise that you've done some great things instead.

Selecting the class you'd like to view All the classes linked to your account can be seen in the drop-down menu on the left of your teacher dashboard. Changing the name of your class When we add your classes to our system we give them a name usually a combination of your initials and the relevant grade. You will not be able to see your learners' passwords we don't display them anywhere, or to anyone for privacy reasons , but you are able to help them reset a forgotten password as follows: Tick the box next to the learner or learners whose passwords you will be resetting.

Pick a password on your learners' behalf and enter it in the field at the bottom of the page. If you are certain you would like to proceed this can't be undone , click the Reset passwords button. You will be told when the reset is complete.

This may take a little while. Filtering your class's practice data The data shown automatically on your dashboard is filtered as follows: To change the content and dates you'd like to see Click on the Change this button To filter the content for which you would like to see your class's activity data: Select the grade s they may have worked on, or you would particularly like to see: Click on the arrows on the right-hand side to reveal a list of all the chapters and sections in that grade.

Select or deselect all the topics by clicking on the relevant button at the top of the list; OR Click on a chapter title to select all its sections; OR Scroll through the list and tick the box next to each section you'd like to view Click the cross in the top right-hand corner of the list to close it once you have made your selections.

To filter the time period for which you would like to see your class's activity data: Set a start and end date for the time period you'd like to view. Type in a date; OR Choose one from the calendar that pops up.

If you would like to make the time you choose even more specific e. This will bring up charts and information showing only the data you've filtered for. You can view the information for each plot: Alphabetically, or By learner performance strongest to weakest Choose how you'd like to view the data, by clicking on the drop-down menu labelled Plots are ordered , found just above the Manage usernames and passwords button.

Interpreting the data on your teacher dashboard Exercises completed The first bar graph, labelled Exercises Completed , tells you how many exercises learners completed during the time period and for the content you've specified in your data filters.

Mastery This chart shows each learner's level of mastery: Speed vs mastery True mastery results when skills become more automatic and instinctive, you speed up and your working memory has more capacity for high order thinking skills. Labelling the quadrants as we have done below might help you interpret and use the information: Class Summary This allows you to see how your class is doing at a glance.

How many exercises each learner has attempted How many points were attempted and achieved by each learner. Each learner's level of mastery This summary can be downloaded as a spreadsheet, and used to supplement your school reports or as a reference for parent-teacher meetings.

List of exercises Above your class summary is a link to a list of sample exercises for everything currently on our system. To see the list: Click on the link to open the list in a new window or tab in your browser. You can expand the list by clicking on each entry. Drill down through a grade, and its chapters and sections to display a list of sample exercises. Exercise Summary As a diagnostic tool for teaching, the Exercise Summary is arguably the most powerful resource on the Teacher's Dashboard.

Using the practice service with your class Goal setting The aim of using the Siyavula practice service is for learners to master the concepts you're teaching them in class through regular and consistent practice. How to bring the practice service into your teaching There are many ways in which you can use the practice service to supplement, augment and improve your own teaching practice, depending on your preferences, your school and classroom context and your learners' needs and capabilities.

Here is an outline of the 6 ways that we have put together to get you started in using the practice service in and out of the classroom: Regular, goal directed practice What is the main focus?

Out of class or at home What part of the learning process does it facilitate? Homework practice Does each learner need access to a device? Yes Active learning during class What is the main focus? In class What part of the learning process does it facilitate? Immediate application of skills and concepts Does each learner need access to a device? Yes Continued revision for accumulated benefits What is the main focus?

Appropriately spaced revision for long-term retention Does each learner need access to a device? Yes Revision session during class What is the main focus? Effective use of valuable class time to address common problem areas When and where would the service be used?

Focused consolidation and revision Does each learner need access to a device? No Collaborative and peer-to-peer learning What is the main focus? In and out of class What part of the learning process does it facilitate?

Eligible participants can then buy the homes at 50 percent of the home's fair market price. This isn't technically a grant, but at 50 percent off market price, it equates in the pocketbook the same way. This particular program is available to teachers participating in either the Teacher Next Door program or the city's Below Market Rate home inclusion program. The BMR program takes new developments, then designates certain ones as "affordable" purchase homes for buyers meeting income guidelines.

It's a year term with a forgiveness program that starts at year five, reducing the loan by 20 percent each subsequent year. The Golden State Finance Authority offers a five percent down payment assistance grant to help cover the costs of closing and down payments.

While this is not restrictive to teachers or the HUD program, it is helpful as assistance in California's high-cost real estate market. Participants must have a FICO score of or higher. This assistance grant can be used in conjunction with any type of loan program. It is not limited to first-time homebuyers and is the state's offshoot of the National Homebuyers Fund.

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