Old Andrew: This is how I work

I am oldandrew and this is how I work


Current job: Teacher

Location: England

Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy Ace 2

Current computer: Samsung Chromebook

School-issued devices: I have a small laptop that takes 20 minutes to start up. It’s in a cupboard somewhere.

One word that best describes how you work: Continually.

How do you manage your calendar/diary?

By not having any kind of social life.

How do you manage your lesson planning?

I get to work early, plan the day’s work and save it on a PC so I can reuse it.

How do you manage your marking?

Badly. Usually by doing just a few books at a time. Switching pen colours to keep track of which books I’ve marked and which I haven’t. Occasionally I use  “conferencing” i.e. marking work in front of a student in the lesson.

What’s your best tip for term-time weekends?

Try not to take any work home. Try to get as much sleep as possible. Both bits of advice which I consistently fail to follow.

What do you do during school holidays?


Visit friends.


Orange Wednesdays.

And, ideally, a pub quiz once a week.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?



What offline tools can’t you live without?

A boardmarker.

What’s your main workspace like?

A mess. I don’t like to throw anything away, just in case.

What do you listen to while you work?

Johnny Cash. And this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Z0H8CHPIU

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Not sleeping.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

Waiting for somebody to remind me.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

Kindle HD.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Keeping a record of what I taught and retrieving it.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I’m meant to have a routine?

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Introvert. I identify with almost everything in this: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts.html

Particularly, the stuff about groupwork being torture.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

From my mentor on my first PGCE placement: The two worst words in teaching are “group -work”. A colleague in my NQT year also told me (of SMT): They use your professionalism against you.

I would like to I’d like to see Tom Bennett answer these same questions.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for having me.


Many thanks to Old Andrew for agreeing to post here. Other This is how I work posts are available here.

Old Andrew: This is how I work

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