Peace and Quiet

I have so many random jobs to do before university starts up again next week and while I sit here at my computer I can’t help but notice how quiet it is in the roads today! It’s a glorious autumn day, blue skies and the sun is gleaming. All I can think about it those teachers trapped in the noisy classrooms! When you’re not in an environment you know during a time you would usually be in one it can feel strange, so I feel a bit out of place today! But I will just enjoy the peace and quiet until my next placement.

Teaching Standards: The Way Forwards

Just for my own future reference – great post 😀

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I’ve been meaning to hammer these bloody teaching standards into my head for a little while now. The plan was to write each one of the eight standards on a sticky note and place them eloquently onto my favourite part of the bedroom wall to be viewed and taken in forever and ever. Well, that plan has not come to fruition and as I sit here in the library I do wonder whether it will ever happen. What about as soon as I get home? When I get in I plan on standing in the shower for 20 minutes thinking about nothing. Priorities. But enough about my life…

Let the government take the floor for a second. In ITALICS.

The Teachers’ Standards are used to assess all trainees working towards QTS, and all those completing their statutory induction period. The standards define the minimum level of practice expected of trainees…

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Reflection

I’ve learnt this year that change doesn’t just happen without you actively making an effort. For me I have had to chase other people up by making phone calls, sending letters and emails in order to secure my future plans.

For a while I’ve felt like I was getting nowhere and that there wasn’t a light at the end of the tunnel. Then today I got two emails within minutes of each other solving two of my biggest sources of stress.

When you finally get some answers, it’s a relief and there is a great sense of satisfaction knowing you’ve been productive. I feel more able to achieve and that I am regaining control of my life and the decisions I need to make.

I found an image online which is based around the film ‘Finding Nemo’ which may I add is one of my favourites!

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“You’re bigger than the big blue”

This can be interpreted in so many ways but for me it really relates to my struggles with depression and anxiety. The ‘big blue’ being these mental health problems which affect me on a daily basis. I also see the big blue like an ocean of obstacles in the form worries, fears, people. Not all of these things stick around, some might longer longer than others. But I’ve noticed that they come and go like waves, some knock me down and some push me up to a high but they never completely drown me – because I am BIGGER!

“You’re not allowed to speak like that”

So one day at work, during a wet lunchtime, I found myself playing with a dolls house and eating pretend ice cream.

“‘Mmm this is nice” I said. Child X replied “stop speaking like that. The teacher says we can’t talk in a squeaky voice it’s silly”

Straight away I found myself talking in an uncomfortable serious low pitched voice! I never really thought my enthusiastic tone would be criticised by an 8 year old, neither did I realise I had made such a good connection with the children in my class for them to feel comfortable to tell me the rules!!!

Still never embarrassing as when I child stares at your face and finally points (you know what’s coming) “what’s that red thing on your face?” – oh. That spot I thought was hidden so well. 😦

Sleep tight!

As  educational workers, it is important to make sure you have a good sleeping habit. Something which takes time to create and it takes a lot of dedication too!

Teaching is a lifestyle choice so it is really important to remember not to sacrifice your own physical health. Sleep is a much needed process in our lives to help us function to the best of our abilities.

Sleep well everyone!

Date a Girl Who Teaches

I’ve seen this reposted a couple of times by lots of my teacher friends. It’s comforting to know there are so many positive stereotypes of teachers! I always thought to become a teacher you have to be a certain type of person. What that type is I don’t know, but this kind of gives a good picture!!

Sentiments from the Heart

This might sound self-serving or even redundant after I posted the entry Date a Girl Who Reads. Nonetheless, I would like to share this entry with you. Enjoy!

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Date a girl who teaches children. Date a girl who enjoys more in a bookstore for school supplies and children’s books rather than in make-up store. She has problems with storage space because she has too many trinkets and storybooks to keep. Date a girl who has a list of stories that she wants to have and read, who has a collection of Aklat Adarna, Leo Lionni and Eric Carle’s books.

 

Find a girl who teaches. You’ll know that she does because she always carries supersized bags. She’s the one who has everything in her tote. From art-project glitter materials to wet wipes. She has to carry her laptop almost everyday and all those papers and booklets that only…

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