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The last post. PONG!

So, in all honesty for the last three weeks I have completely forgotten to write anything. Things have been full on. In the first two days at my new school my timetable changed three times and I moved rooms twice. I also found out that I would be teaching Geography … (I don’t even have a GCSE in Geography).

In the second week the police were called to my room to search the girls who had stolen my presenter clicker and the powerpoint remote.

I had some pretty bad classes and bad days. That being said, everyone has told me that this is the worst possible time to come into the school. Three weeks to the end. The kids are tired the staff are tired, I’m tired. Everyone just wants the summer holidays. The kids have had three or four or five members of staff this term so any consistency of behaviour is out the window. I’m getting used to new policies and procedures and a new school and new staff.

Everyone has told me that things will be much better in September when I have my own room. Everyone is rested and we’re all pulling together. The kids will know that I am their teacher. They will be my own books. I really hope things will be much different.

Anyway, I’m all finished for summer now. I’ve made it through. The last Friday I was off work as I graduated. I graduated in the morning and went and got our two new kittens in the afternoon! They’re gorgeous and called Myst and Riven.

My summer currently looks like socialising the kittens and stopping them tearing the house down (really they’re very good and already litter trained which is a bonus) and planning and preparing for next year.

I finally have my timetable (given to me on my last day of term) and it’s looking like I have two year 8 classes and two year 9 classes, full time and a year 10 class and a year 11 class, once a week. Plus I have 3 classes of drama once a week which I’m really pleased about. It’ll keep my hand in and I’ll get to experience other departments.

Our veg is also coming on really well. We grew a massive courgette which was a surprise as I thought they’d all died! I’ve already planned for next year and bought seeds so I’m excited to start afresh.

Surprise Courgette

I don’t think there’s anything left to report except perhaps that I’ve decided that this will be my last post. I’ve completed my PGCE journey which is what I set out to do and now I’m a professional, so I don’t think it’s right to blog about my experiences anymore. No doubt I will still be writing about it, just not in the public sphere. Thank you so much to those of you who’ve gone on this journey with me. To my friends and family who’ve supported me through this time which has undoubtedly been the most difficult yet and for those of you reading who’re thinking of going into teaching, I would say this to you. You must want it. You must have determination and resilience. There’s a reason that the drop out rate is so high – it’s really hard, but then you know that. What I will say is that none of it seems to matter when a kid knocks on your door to ask for your help with a word game he’s stuck on or the feeling you get when in your goodbye card they write ‘Adventure is out there!’ because you’ve taught them a topic on ‘Action Adventure’ or in creative writing when I kid beams at you to tell you he’s discovered a new word – ‘PONG!’ … and with that so ends this blog.

For the last time,

TTFN X

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Half Term

Hi everyone and welcome to my week off (sorta).

On Monday I had a busy but productive day. I tidied my study and did lots of filing and admin to close down placement one and prepare for placement 2. I was pretty happy with how much I achieved even though I still had loads to do.

On Tuesday I found it really hard to focus and be motivated. I did some work on my re-submissions but really couldn’t be arsed. I did manage to catch up on all my academic reading though and in the afternoon (after an email helping to sort out my priorities) I got on with campus pack.

Wednesday started out fairly productively. I finished off campus pack which was a relief and made a start on resubmitting my assignments. I was happy with the progress I made and even got on to applying for a job before Greg got home. I was pleased that I’d had such a productive day after yesterday. It wasn’t as big a job as I’d predicted.

Thursday was a super stormy day! The noise of the wind and the rain was so bad that I couldn’t concentrate and only managed to cosy of with a good book for the majority of the morning. In the afternoon though I got a little bit of work done – probably not as much as I could have done but then my deadlines are a way away.

On Friday it was my Grandad’s funeral. Although a sad occasion it was nice to spend time with my family.

Over the weekend I spent more time with my family, took the dogs for a walk, did some gardening (spring is coming) and prepared myself for the next week of uni. Nothing too much to report, just a regular weekend but even that is nice to have for a change.

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Eddie and the snowdrops.

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