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."


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: (dn L)
1) I have another job interview! At a very nice school in Bedford. Going down next Tuesday, interview is Wednesday, and then I'll meander slowly back up in time for work Friday night. LOL.

2) There is a Boy on my course and I think I have a crush on him. Ohhhh dear.

Oh well :)

Jan. 27th, 2012 04:45 pm
fadagaski: (teacher me)
Didn't get the job at the school, but it was an invaluable experience and my confidence isn't really knocked so much as shaped. Need to improve my interview technique. :)

Onwards and upwards!


Jan. 25th, 2012 09:06 pm
fadagaski: (teacher me)
Omg! Ok. So. I'm currently at mum's house in Milton Keynes. Let me catch you up on why.

Tue 6.30am: I applied for a job at a VERY nice school down south. The deadline was 9am.

Tue 9.50am: missed call.

Tue 11.30am: call back. Invited to interview! At 8am on Thursday. Eep!

Tue afternoon: waiting waiting waiting for information so I know what I'm doing.

Wed 6am: receive information! Panic. Go to school.

Wed afternoon: plan lesson to deliver tomorrow. Drive south.

Tomorrow I need to leave at 6am to beat the M1 traffic and omg I am so excited and nervous and I just want it to go well. Eep! I'll report back tomorrow.
fadagaski: (teacher me)
Today I submitted my first application for my first teaching job. Am, obviously, a bit apprehensive.

I spend a lot of my time questioning my own motives. I think I live life very much in a 'grass is greener' kind of way. For example, mindless officework made me yearn for intellectual rigour. University study makes me nostalgic for the mindless jobs of yore. See?

Wherever I get a teaching job, if I should succeed, I don't want to stay too long. A year. Two at most. Then I want to travel. I've wanted to live abroad in a more permanent way since I was 14. When I go to Australia I'll work those mindless backpacker jobs. Grass might be greener down under, right?

But what if I start teaching and I don't want to leave. I'll be so conflicted because I've ALWAYS wanted to travel, but a new part of me might want to settle. Yet if I settle, and continue to teach in the UK because it's something I really love, will I then regret not travelling like I always wanted?

And as for the travelling. Am I clinging onto a dream past its expiry date? At my age (oh so ancient 25) backpacking as a long-term lifestyle choice is quite rare. Will I find it tedious? Will I find these young'uns to be terribly immature and naive? Probably.

Gah. Torn already and I haven't even had an interview yet.
fadagaski: (blue sky over the sea)
Now, these might seem obvious to most, but my brain is a funny little place and it can take quite a while for anything to figure itself out.

Realisation 1) Uni stuff really isn't that hard. I spent 5 hours today reading for my essay and I think in the end it'll be fine. It'll all be fine. And I like teaching. The hardest part of the next 6 months is keeping on top of both whilst negotiating my treacherous inability to remember anything deadlines.

Realisation 2) I'm 25; if I'm very lucky I've got another 75 years left. This means two things: firstly, 6 months of teacher training followed by a scholastic year as an NQT are not, in the grand scheme of things, a drastic length of time; secondly, I have up to 75 years to explore the world. Since I was 14 I've planned my gap year (and put it off and put it off and put it off). Nowadays I know a year could never be enough. But that's okay! Because I will have 75 years - more or less - to live in a hundred different places and sail across oceans and drive over continents and just experience all the different shades of human life there are. It's no longer bound by ideas of settlement. If I have a partner, they must understand that very essential vagabond side of my nature; and if we have kids, then they'll just have to learn how to pack light. There's really nothing in the world to stop me.
fadagaski: (ff7 cloud sleepy)
I am procrastinating on a whole bunch of stuff so: first post of the New Year! Here are some things:

1) I lost my voice over Christmas due to a cold, from Dec 22nd to Dec 28th.
2) Now I have another virus of some kind: swollen glands and general malaise. I feel like crap.
3) There are two essays that I need to start reading and planning for, but oh my God how much do I not have the energy right now?
4) How come, when writing, that the words flow right up until about 21k? And then it's like OMG U CAN NO RITE. I have to finish [livejournal.com profile] shei's fic and I'm filling something on the [livejournal.com profile] glee_kink_meme but just uuuuuugh.
5) When I don't feel like mildly tempered death, I will take up running again this year. That's my resolution (incidentally, the same as last year, but this time I might keep it up for the full 12 months).
6) I don't even want to think about applying for jobs at the moment. God.

The end!

Dec. 9th, 2011 09:36 am
fadagaski: (trigun vash thumbs-up)
Yesterday was my last class, my last day, at my first PGCE placement. Just - wow. Where did the month go?

I finished on a really high note. The kids were engaged and responsive and the lesson itself was all mine and it workd so well. I now have limerick calendar anthologies as proof that I can and have taught these kids something new.

It was a happy day.

Now I get to spend the rest of December sleeping. Zzzzzz ....


Nov. 29th, 2011 12:24 am
fadagaski: (trigun vash thumbs-up)
When I first moved back to the UK, I looked for (and found) a job that I didn't have to bring home. When I left the office, everything to do with the job stayed in the office, and that was okay.

It was also a really boring job, but I digress.

I thought teaching would be terrible primarily because you can't help but take it home with you. There isn't a choice. Between planning and resource-making and marking and reports and all that jazz, it's either take it home or not do it. And y'know what I've discovered? I'm okay with that. So long as I get a couple of hours immediately after school to myself, to eat dinner and veg out for a bit, I don't mind being up until midnight making PowerPoint presentations.

In other teaching news, I had my official university observation today. My class was Yr10, and they were sitting their controlled assessment, so there wasn't a great deal for me to be observed on, but I apparently did well and ticked a good few QTS Standards boxes. So I'm happy.

Two more observations tomorrow. Might see if I can get the third in with the second in 5th period. Asking for trouble, perhaps, but better them all out of the way.


Nov. 25th, 2011 09:34 pm
fadagaski: (ff7 cloud sleepy)

I've spent the last 2+ years working 50+ hours a week at multiple jobs, and I have NEVER felt this exhausted before. I'm averaging 4.5 hours of sleep a night during the week, due to a combo of lates at the pub and needing to finish resources in the morning. I can't wait until I'm fully qualified and I can stop this mad schedule. It's killing me.

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fadagaski: (hamster love hearts)

Yesterday I was serenaded by an 11-year-old boy on his ukelele. He sang 'When I'm Cleaning Windows'.


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fadagaski: (STOP!)

Staffroom conversation: "did you see that tranny documentary on tv?"

Fail: "He. She. Whatever."

Fail: "I wouldn't go on tv with that kind of stuff."

Fail: "You must feel really strongly that you're in the wrong body to have this surgery!"

Fail: "Some of the girl ones are quite pretty. One of them doesn't want surgery, she's happy just being a tranny."

They're loudly discussing gender reassignment surgery. The ignorance is utterly astounding, and these people teach our kids. I think a couple are from science ffs!

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Nov. 18th, 2011 01:40 am
fadagaski: (ff7 cloud sleepy)

I got off work at 1am and drove to tesco to buy clothes for Blue day at school tomorrow (with money I really don't have). I topped up the petrol AGAIN for the ridiculously long drive to Stockton and back. Now I will be awake for at least another two hours sorting stuff out for tomorrow's lessons.

How's that for dedication?

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fadagaski: (ff7 cloud afro)

Getting to midnight before you teach 2 lessons and realise you forgot to organise anything.

I'm going to be a great teacher.

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fadagaski: (dn L)

I taught my very first lesson today. It was top set year 7, with the goal being to understand how leaflets grab attention and why.

It went ... okay. I survived? Lol. It could have gone a lot worse, but it definitely could have been way better. The kids were quite chatty and had difficulty shutting up when asked, but they didn't do anything unexpected.

As the teacher, I think I failed. We only really got to the lesson aims in the last 3 minutes. I wasn't clear in my instructions. I asked them to do too much, in groups of their own choosing, in too little time.

For next time:

- Keep instructions on the board for kids to refer to throughout the lesson.

- Keep bringing the kids back to the LO, perhaps between shorter tasks, for AfL.

- Stick to the times allowed per activity!

- Be wary of kids sitting with friends, especially chatty boys.

That's enough to think on from this, round one. Ding ding ding!

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fadagaski: (take it easy turtle)

I am loving my PGCE at the moment. I've planned two lessons, hopefully to deliver next week to top set year 7. Then I go into teaching them a 4-week scheme of work on ballads.

I start teaching year 9 second set on writing to describe next week, for three weeks, which will be great fun (I love creative writing).

I'm well supported by staff in my department and just having a thoroughly awesome time. Which means I'm due for a(nother) slump, but life's a rollercoaster (you just gotta riiide it...).

Today's school/northeast fail:

Sunderland student teacher 1: Our lecture this week was on diversity. Two hours could have been summed up as 'be tolerant'. It's so obvious.

Me: Yeah. Ours was on the theme that 'bullying children due to their sexuality is wrong and you should stop it'. Because that's such a novel, outlandish concept.

SST2: I never thought of it like that before. We can stop it can't we.

SST1: My sister's school had a thing where all the kids declared they were bisexual. It was trendy.

Me: That is so cool!

SST2: There's no such thing. It's just greedy.

SST1: Yeah, greedy.

Me: ... Thanks.

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fadagaski: (horse free spirit)

Lovely manager at pub has taken more than an hour to cash up. And he's still doing it wrong. I want to go to sleeeeeep.

Went to a fab fancy dress party last night. I was a mummy, in tea-dyed bedsheet bandages. Got a couple of numbers for my efforts too, so whoop!

Tomorrow is the first day back after half term. Am slightly kakking it, I confess. No lesson plans, no scheme of work, no organised PGCE folders, no QTS tests booked. I fail utterly at being a responsible adult.

Speaking of: Boy from a few months ago has been sending me long pleading emails. I realise this is my fault because I never broke it off with him, I just left him hanging with no explanation. I feel really bad about that. But a part of me is grateful that he's getting the message and I sort of dodged the bullet, because he would have been an incredibly close, devoted, clinging boyfriend.

Much preferring the fab life alone.

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fadagaski: (post lacks insight)

I've been dreaming (a rare occurrence).

Last night: We were hosting some kind of meeting at Pub and when it came to the end, I used the classic teacher waiting-for-silence trick to get everyone to bring stuff back to the bar.

Night before: I was working on a farm and there was a field of pigs. The farmer was nowhere to be found, but there were gaps in the hedge that I had to fill because the pigs (even my favourites) were escaping. Even though I had a hacksaw for wood, there were no trees, so I tried to close the gaps with office supplies (pens and sticky tape, mostly). The pigs got out anyway.

You think I have teaching on the brain?

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fadagaski: (trigun vash thumbs-up)
My sleep cycle is apparently so used to being cut short now that I woke up at 4.45am without prompting. I am putting the extra time to good use by watching Ice Age and reading porn.

PGCE stuff, or: Reflective journaling )

Pub stuff, or: Reasons why barwork is awesome )


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