Masters!

Oct. 1st, 2013 09:35 am
fadagaski: (teacher me)
I'm going to apply to the OU next year for a Masters in, probably, Childhood and Youth Studies (to be drawn out over 4-7 years). My main interests are:

  • The sexualisation of children and what we need to do to manage that.
  • Feminism and equality in schools.
  • What schools can do wholesale to manage the impact of media images and messages.
  • Broadening policies on Body Image, Sex, Consent teaching to include the most teachable ages (middle school and younger).


I think I can stretch to monthly repayments on a loan from the SLC. Should be fun!

ETA (05/10/13): I would love to do a paper entitled, "High School Mythical: Perception and Perpetuation of American High School Culture in British Schools".

D-Day

Sep. 4th, 2013 05:38 pm
fadagaski: (blue sky over the sea)
Is it possible to start the school year organised, prepared and ready to hit the ground running?

Year 2 of teaching: so far the answer is no.
fadagaski: (trigun vash thumbs-up)
Tomorrow I start going to the gym properly, following the 5x5 program. It's just another excuse to say that my schedule has been too busy over the summer, because it really hasn't, but I think the regularity of school - the rigid timetable, the fact that I can redirect myself to the gym early in the AM (thus avoiding muscleheads!) - will help me stick to the plan.

I'm not going to be all gung-ho aggressive about it. Like Howell, I sometimes have to deny to myself that I'm doing anything in order for anything to get done.
fadagaski: (take it easy turtle)
Lord of the Rings is on TV again. It's making me nostalgic for those 3 wonderful years of full fandom immersion. I don't remember reading a huge amount of fic, though I think the definition of 'huge' has been warped by my time in Harry Potter fandom. I loved the wait for the next film; I loved playing some of the tie-in games; I really loved gorging myself on Tolkien's works over and over again; I loved wallowing in the behind-the-scenes details of the movies and all those delicious DVD extras.

The sad thing is The Hobbit hasn't engendered the same level of enthusiasm anywhere on the Internet, never mind in myself, and the chances of reclaiming that sweet feeling of fandom gluttony are slimmer and slimmer every day.

I'm still determined to take a long holiday in New Zealand at some point.
fadagaski: (klaine gossip)
You know you're a true fandomer when you miss reading porn.
fadagaski: (take it easy turtle)
I've been trawling the Web (as you do) looking at fitness sites and pinterest, and I've noticed that even the 'body positive' posts are incredibly negative.

Why do we couch these ideas in negative language? Weight loss, fat burn, butt buster, killer abs, butt-kicking workout, etc. Run away from your problems! Beat out worries!

I don't hate myself. I don't hate my body or my life . I'm really not unhappy. I want to improve myself not because I'm poor or weak but because I can be better. I want to run towards a goal, not away from issues.

Screw this fat shaming shit.

Feels

Jun. 29th, 2013 04:37 pm
fadagaski: (klaine smoldering)
Sadness is worrying you're not teaching the kids anything new.

Happiness is getting a phone call from your boyfriend the makes you feel warm and loved.
fadagaski: (no parking)
Due to my excessive gluttony and sedentary lifestyle - coupled with a boyfriend whose favourite dish is stir-fry pasta - I have ballooned to my heaviest weight ever: 88.8kg/13 st 9.

Need to do something about that methinks.
fadagaski: (no parking)
Guess who received a tax rebate cheque in the mail?

Guess who is several hundred pounds better off than she was at the beginning of last month?

A special someone lent me some money earlier this year. I want that person to know that this money has gone into a savings account to accrue interest so I can pay that person back at the soonest opportunity.

But I did spend £2.81 on a copy of LOTR from Amazon.
fadagaski: (splash beagle)
... in October! Who says I can't?

I've been trying to motivate myself into picking up running again, which has gone about as well as can be expected when one considers that I live in 3 houses over the course of an average week and I'm working the first half-term of my new teaching job.

But I digress.

From Monday, I'm finally going to get my butt into gear and start running. It's silly thinking of it as a chore, when the actual running side of it I really enjoy (even when it's cold - less so when there's rain). Besides, I would like to get fit so in the new year I can start CaniX training with one/some of sister's dogs. I think that'll be a great laugh.

Plus, I'll have more energy again. And maybe my pants won't be as tight, LOL.

Appropriate icon is appropriate. Happy splashy dog!
fadagaski: (teacher me)
I survived my first Parents' Evening with only a minor brush with Demon Mother. All other parents were lovely, and I offended absolutely no one!

In fact, two parents who came to see another form tutor spoke to me about their kids in English, and were very VERY complimentary (in full hearing of my NQT mentor, so yay!).

This weekend I have a date with a pile of Year 8 essay drafts. Woo.

My life this year maintains this pattern: school - sleep - school - sleep.

I wish AmeriBoy wasn't so far away.
fadagaski: (splash beagle)
Met up with [livejournal.com profile] neutrallized yesterday, as she is studying in the UK. Woo! It was fun. There was consumption of non-chickeny Nandos, and spiced apple and almond pie from Ely (and also a quick stop at Ely cathedral, which is tres awesome but charges entry wtf.

Quote of the day (from [livejournal.com profile] neutrallized): You should have a baby!
fadagaski: (teacher me)
I survived! Whee! Had a really good day. My form were keen and charming, I had two free lessons to fix things and find stuff out, and my bottom set Year 7 at the very end of the day were a good laugh.

I like this school. So far I feel very supported and welcomed.

Can't wait to get paid!
fadagaski: (trigun vash thumbs-up)
Wow! So hi? I haven't posted in a canny while, which affects basically only me as I use this as a Record of Stuff (aka a diary). Things in my life (in general date order of occurrence):

  1. Got a temporary job at the school at which I was training.
  2. Moved into a tiny bedsit in Hartlepool.
  3. Quit my Pub job.
  4. Still with Boyfriend. ♥♥♥
  5. Inducted at new school, where I met my form class. ♥
  6. Found a new place in Bedford to live in for the next year - and it's furnished!.
  7. Temporary job drawing to a close soon.
  8. Still in debt, despite wonderful teacher pay cheque, but I can see the light at the end of this particular tunnel.
  9. Realised I hadn't updated my Future Self on shit going on in life, and then wrote this post.


Are we up-to-date now, Future Self? Good. I hope life for you is going as wonderfully as it is for me right now.

I think that applies to everyone. :)

Success!

Apr. 27th, 2012 08:28 am
fadagaski: (teacher me)
Eighth interview was a success at last! I have a job at a school in Bedfordshire, starting in September.

Words cannot describe my relief.

Hoooome

Apr. 14th, 2012 02:06 am
fadagaski: (take it easy turtle)
I am returned from the land of sickness. Slept most of my time in hospital. Attending physician wanted to do a bunch of tests (chest x-ray, heart tracker, urine test, etc.) but he was just a baby and his seniors told him to release me.

Released I am.

Slice of toast then bed.

Bucket list: ride in an ambulance [check].

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] shei for calling me. Made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :)
fadagaski: (post lacks insight)
Passed out at work. Ambulance came. Blood pressure was 81/35 or something. Apparently that's low? Admitted to hospital. Bored and tired. Cannula drip aches like a bitch but blood pressure back up to 101 after fluids. Discharge soon? 
fadagaski: (take it easy turtle)
It is an important and well-known fact that goldfish have better memory capacity than I do. I would forget my head if it wasn't attached to my neck. Case in point, today I left school ... without my netbook. Just - omg.

In other news, I have an interview on Monday and another on Wednesday. Both down south. I still have to teach on the Tuesday in Hartlepool though. SIGH.

All things considered, it being a Friday and all, it's not been a bad day thus far. Still got Pub tonight. In the immortal words of Princess Leia: "It's not over yet."

Hopefully!

Mar. 8th, 2012 06:57 am
fadagaski: (teacher me)
A school that included in its job specification that applicants should have a 'dash of eccentricity' has invited me to interview on Monday. Hee!

First official lesson observation yesterday went super well. Love my kids.

Busy day today is busy. :S Lots of printing to do.
fadagaski: (teacher me)
I drove to school today in floods of tears.

I left school grinning, having had a really good day. (All my problems are, of course, still there, but whatevs. I taught kids shit today).

Pretty sure I'm doing the PGCE emotional rollercoaster thing backwards.

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