December 8, 2008

It’s been a busy few weeks.  I took forty-two nine- and ten-year olds to Swanage in Dorset for five days.  That was exhausting but great fun.  And now, finally, we have entered the slalom run that is the wind down to Christmas, when less actual learning takes place and instead we spend every possible minute rehearsing for the Christmas play or making crappy decorations that generally involve me going home with a bra full of glitter despite my top not being low-cut in the slightest.  One of those strange wonders of physics we will never be able to explain.

In other news I am now single.  Let’s not dwell on that.

In other other news, Courtney has made me start reading the second book in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, even though 90% of Twilight sucked and Bella was, like, *the* most irritating protagonist ever.  Seriously, she held a gun to my head and everything.  And since her random number generator hates me and therefore cheated me out of an advance copy of Courtney’s own book, which, seriously, go and read the first two chapters and tell me you aren’t DYING to read the rest, I may as well read about stupid Bella and her stupid emo vampire obsession! 

(In truth I am finding it kind of entertaining.  Like Hollyoaks.  That kind of OMG IT’S SO BAD THAT I JUST CAN’T STOP I MAY HAVE TO CLAW MY OWN EYES OUT BECAUSE I ACTUALLY KIND OF LIKE IT sort of thing.)


Waxing poetic

November 9, 2008

My class had to write an Autumn poem for their homework this week.  I brought their books home this weekend to mark and came across this poem in one girl’s homework book:

The morns are meeker than they were
The nuts are getting brown
The berry’s cheek is plumper
The rose is out of town.

How silently they tumble down
And come to rest upon the ground
To lay a carpet, rich and rare,
Beneath the trees without a care.

Now call me a cynic, but my immediate reaction was: “There is NO WAY she wrote this.”

The silly girl has a lot to learn about Google, which reliably informed me within seconds that verse one was in fact the work of Emily Dickinson and verse two was by Elsie N. Brady.

Clearly she deserves some points for ingenuity, but real kudos would only be deserved if she had successfully managed to pull the wool over my eyes.  Better luck next time!!

Let me help you remove your knife from my back

October 28, 2008

I like to think I’m quite a self aware person.  I think about my responses and behaviour, I analyse them, I relate them to my emotions and try to change them if I feel they could be better.  I am quite proud of how insightful I can be about myself and take it as a positive result of my years of maudlin adolescent introspection. 

Despite my self awareness, however, I do lack a similar insight into the actions of others.  My social skills are fine in terms of being able to relate to people on a daily basis.  I think I’m generally quite a likeable person and I always try to be a “nice” person.  In fact, I think that is my problem: I always give people the benefit of the doubt until they prove me wrong.

Considering the amount of times I have been proved wrong, you would have thought I would have become cynical about human nature.  But I never learn!

I didn’t start at school assuming everyone would be my new best friends.  But I did assume they would all be decent human beings.  One person has proved me wrong already by inviting me down the pub whilst complaining about my teaching skills behind my back.  Thankfully no one else at school agrees with that particular diagnosis of my abilities.

But when will I ever learn?!

Current status: still headlice free

October 22, 2008

Also: only two days til half term *does celebratory dance*

Also also: my kids did me PROUD in the Harvest Assembly today singing Food Glorious Food.  Loads of people commented on how good they were.  I think I’ve officially pissed off the music co-ordinator by my class being so fantastic.  Loves it.

That said, they disappointed me so much yesterday when I found out there was some bullying going on.  But we had a very positive circle time this afternoon so hopefully things will get better.  I am very tired now and am seriously counting the hours til half term and although I know the week’s holiday will pass in a flash I am looking forward to going back afterwards and starting to think about Christmas.

No rest for the wicked 😉

Half term: t minus 2 weeks and counting…

October 13, 2008

Technically only 9 days until half term – working days that is – as next Monday is my graduation and I have the day off for celebrating and merriment.  This is testament to the colossal organisation skills of my university who, whoops, forgot to check when half term is and set the graduation date for about 300 local teachers for the week before half term.  Just pretty much sums up the entire time I spent within their hallowed walls. 

Due to the unexpected timing of my graduation ceremony, my very nearest and dearest are unable to come, so I have my nan and my aunt accompanying me.  Not that I wouldn’t want my nan there, because I know she will love it, bless her.  And K wil be hurtling across London after finishing for the day at Hendon, to attempt to reach the leafy southern banks of the river in time for us to all go and get dinner together.

Random thought for the day
If tobacco advertising in the UK is banned, why are Rizla still allowed to advertise?  I know that technically their product doesn’t contain any tobacco, but the sole purpose of cigarette papers is to be used with tobacco.  It’s not like you can use them for anything else.  So why do I still see Rizla bill boards on my way to work?  Just something to ponder…

Well, I need to leave for work in seven minutes, particularly as I have been so busy this weekend helping K prepare for Hendon/driving K to Hendon that I haven’t marked my class’ homework.  Oops!  And yeah, today is K’s first day as a trainee of the Metropolitan police so please think positive thoughts for her if you get a spare moment today.

Well.  Hi ho, hi ho….

Now I know how Argos keep their prices down…

September 21, 2008

They hire monkeys to write the instructions that go with their products!

Check out these little gems from the instructions to the alarm clock I just bought:

  • Pull up the alarm ON/OFF switch at the back of the clock when need to alarm, whereas, to pull down.
  • Touch the snooze/light button on the face of the clock, the light will be shining.
  • When alarm, touch the snooze/light button, the alarm will stop for a while but will continue to alarm after 5 minutes, you can pull down the ON/OFF switch at the back of the clock for completely stopping alarm.

And in the section entitled “Special Remarks”, we are reminded to “Keep off the magnetic moist field and sun’s rays irradiation directly”.

Well, I’m glad they made that clear!

This is the science part….concentrate!

September 12, 2008

I am tired beyond all belief having finished my first full week at school this afternoon.  If I have commented on your blog over the last couple of days I can only apologise because it probably did not make much sense.  This entry is not likely to either – for more than one reason!

I marked the kids’ science papers today.  Here are some interesting scientific facts I was unaware of:

  1. Tin foil burns if you put it over a candle flame
  2. Ducks have six legs
  3. Cows can fly
  4. The reason rain isn’t salty, even though it is water that has evaporated from the salty sea, is because the clouds clean it

Fascinating eh?  (We may have our work cut out for us in Science this year.)