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2010
07/14

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All Change

So… I just looked back over my last blog post. How things change. Through a combination of factors, some personal some professional, I’ve just never “clicked” at this school – so by mutual agreement I’m moving on.


I’m now looking forward to a new challenge – moving up to KS3 to teach ICT. Just a slight change from Y3/4 where I’ve been this year! My main advantage, here, is the 13 years of development experience which does help me just a little with the subject knowledge side of things. Of course, I now have to change my approach slightly, as I’m fairly certain that Y7,8,9 won’t respond to exactly same sorts of things as Y3,4.


Such is life – should be a good year. I know I’m going to work on it 🙂

2008
03/01

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Result!

Bit of a result, at least – I’ve been offered another year’s contract at my school.

I am, needless to say, chuffed to bits – it’s quite a validation, really, especially considering how far I think I’ve come since the start of the year. There was a sticky patch in the first term, my initial observation wasn’t brilliant and I had warning shots across the bows about the classroom – but I was assured that I have now more than proved my worth in the school and the head was delighted to be able to offer me a contract for a further year (there was a permanent post going, and there was talk of how to decide between us – the head wasn’t wanting to do a further interview as they felt they’d be going in with pre-conceived notions – so the P&P committee eventually decided that it would go to the one that had scored higher on the original interviews, which wasn’t me). Things should be even more interesting next year as I will be the ICT co-ordinator, too (no surprise, huh?).

I’m especially pleased as it’s still quite a tricky class (albeit now slightly reduced in number) and yet I feel I’m on top of the whole situation now – the class looks excellent (for which I thank my TA) and we have our routines all in place to try and keep them suitably occupied so as to distract them from any mischief. This was particularly drawn to my attention as on Thursday I had a course for the day (year 3/4 mathematics and how to make it fun at “The Village” in Chilwell, which was fabulous, inspiring and fun) and they had a supply teacher in instead. I got back yesterday to find out that, although they’d been okay in the morning with my TA there, in the afternoon they’d been a complete nightmare for PE; football chants (that the head had to go in and settle down) and then children climbing the walls (literally – up the frames in the hall) and balancing on stacks of chairs. The head did point out that she wouldn’t be looking to have that particular teacher back on supply 🙂

But yes, I am gainfully employed next year again – still in Y4 (so with this year’s Y3) with the same TA (because we’re apparently making a great team). Yee-flippin’-ha!

2007
08/09

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Summer holiday, you say?

So… here I am in the middle of the much-touted six week school holidays.

*yay*

And I’m back at the old company for the middle four weeks, to top up the old coffers (and hopefully finally afford that Nintendo Wii that I’ve had my eye on) and have some good old programming fun.

*sigh*

Turns out teaching is a much better profession for me – frankly, I’m bored. I won’t be a complete ass and wonder how/why I did what I did for so long (13 years or so) – it made sense at the time and that’s pretty much all that matters, “inna final analysis”.

But by criminy I’m so looking forward to September by comparison! At my new school, each term is going planned from a single topic (chosen by the children) and for the first term it’s a literacy-based topic. The children chose… Harry Potter! Whee! So I get to teach a term of stuff derived from Potter books… and they pay me for it!

*grin*

2007
06/28

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The light at the end of the tunnel…

…was thankfully confirmed a daylight and not the headlight of the an oncoming train.

Yesterday I endured a rather gruelling all day interview (I say “all day”, in fact it was activities all morning followed by a formal interview after lunch… but it was gruelling) I finally got myself a job for next year (a year 4 teacher at “Robert Mellors Primary” in Arnold, Nottingham) and then today after a gruelling morning I also qualified as a teacher, so I can actually take the job I was offered yesterday.

Yay me!

Hopefully, normal service should now be resumed 🙂