Dec. 2nd, 2011 02:13 am
fadagaski: (STOP!)

I just got home from the pub. I didn't even get a break. I have to be up in 4 hours. I'm teaching three classes today. I've been wearing the same trousers for twenty hours straight - not coincidentally the amount of time I worked or was in transit to and from places of work.

I'm so exhausted I want to cry.

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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: (klaine smoldering)

Including 305 spoilers.

Read more... )

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ETA: Though having watched a Klaine edit, I do love the actual content of this episode to, like, the nth degree.
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: (STOP!)

Got a speeding ticket.

Got a parking ticket.

Late to a lecture today.

Massive misunderstanding at school meant I was in big trouble for an afternoon before it got sorted.

Feeling fat and unhappy and unprofessional.

Drastically short of money, but have no time in which to earn more.

It's raining today.

Life is a black abyss.

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fadagaski: (splash beagle)

Today I read about the death of Steve Jobs on my iPhone, the most useful little machine invented since the microwave oven. Rest in peace, Steve, knowing you lived an amazing and impactful life.

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fadagaski: (STOP!)

Classmate's Q: why did that person ask if we should teach the mechanics of gay sex in sex ed?

My A: why should gay kids sit through a lesson that doesn't apply to them, then have to learn about gay sex through porn or trial and error? Sex ed needs to be fully inclusive or it's discriminatory.

Battling the social norm, one person at a time.

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fadagaski: (dn L)

Okay! So. After months in limbo, stuff is finally happening in my life. A summary:

- Two weeks in a primary school placement for pre-PGCE work experience. It was enlightening. The staff were amazing, the kids brilliant, but it made me very very happy to be on the secondary course. I couldn't teach basic addition over and over again for the next 30 years.

- I started the PGCE! I am officially a student again. Jeans and hoodies all the way. It also means I'm walking from home to class to another class across town and then home again - about 2 hours total (uphill!). Good for the legs, but exhausting. Also, I haven't done the student thing for three years, so prepping for seminars and reading prescribed journals is a weird déjà vu. I am still, however, the most forward and talkative body in any given group.

- I find myself really looking forward to the coming year. I've never wanted to be a teacher, and I was ambivalent/apathetic coming to this course, but now that I'm here I'm really excited. I think I can be a good teacher, at home or abroad.

- Abroad is definitely where I want to go, but at this stage I don't find the idea of coming back completely abhorrent.

- Glee still owns me. Can't wait to see the new ep!!

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fadagaski: (take it easy turtle)

If I had been less disciplined, if I had read one more fic instead of walking to work, it would've rained before I left and I'd have taken the car. Now I'm looking at 6 hours in wet underwear. Bah.

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fadagaski: (splash beagle)

Pub shift was loooong. Started at 1pm. Finished at 2.30am. Home for 3am.

Felt really down in the afternoon which I am choosing to attribute to low blood sugar, however: I am taking Dianette, which is a contraceptive pill with the added bonus of suppressing excess hair growth. Since I've been shaving a beard for 10 years, I thought I'd give it a shot. But the thing with hormone pills is that it messes your mood from what you're used to. I tried a pill like that before and I cried every afternoon until the scrip was finished. So: leery of sudden moodswings and urges to cry. The again, maybe I'm just not used to that amount of female hormones bouncing around. If my ovaries functioned correctly, would I be a really weepy girl?

Other side effects listed include blood clots, liver damage and a change in appetite. Didn't have much of one at all yesterday, so that again is something to watch.

In other news, I currently weigh 11 st 4 lbs and haven't been running in 9 days. Whoops.

Other other news: I am so in love with Glee at the moment. [livejournal.com profile] shei is my one true love and best dealer ever.

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fadagaski: (take it easy turtle)

Surprise 12-hr shift at Pub was surprising! Because I was only scheduled for a 9-hr. Still. It wasn't so bad. I went a bit cucoo at the end.

Most annoying part of the day was having to negotiate with my manager for full pay. He wanted to pay me for 11.5 hours. I pointed out that a 12-1230 shift was 12 hrs and 10 mins worth of pay (20 min unpaid break deducted).

Have texted head manager to double check figures because dammit I will be paid the full amount or else!

But though I'm exhausted, and it is Hell week, and I am still stuck in the UK, I just had a pint of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food so all is well and nothing can be ill.

Whee R+J quote ftw! I've gone the full gamut of British culture - Red Dwarf to Shakespeare.

PS. I downloaded the Mad Max trilogy. Jensen Ackles is the spit of Mel Gibson circa 1980.

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A poll!

Aug. 23rd, 2011 10:32 am
fadagaski: (splash beagle)
[Poll #1771916]

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Day 8

Aug. 21st, 2011 08:00 am
fadagaski: (ff7 cloud sleepy)

Still suffering [livejournal.com profile] rhaegal's cold. So not impressed with my immune system at the moment. I hate snot!

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