Monthly Archives: October 2014

So… what’s new?

Just checking in… the last few days have been pretty manic and as we race towards a very welcome half term break, there seems to be request after request being thrown in my direction. Tonight has been a late night at work… one of many it seems these days. Only this kind of late night means manning a radio and hoping no one calls you for assistance! The brighter side is that I get a chance to catch up with a few things, make a few lists and generally try to devote a few precious hours to keeping on track with the day job, so that it doesn’t spill over into the real job when I get home of an evening.

It has also given me the chance to do some internet searching for new teaching resources. During my searching I came across a few items on the BBC website which I thought I would share… for no other reason than I found them interesting! Continue reading

Gotta love a list… pt2!

Yey… it’s Friday…. we have reached the end of the working week and we’re all still breathing! Well done! I don’t know about you, but it was a tough wake up this morning, seemed like the whole house wanted it to be Saturday already – still up we got and the sun is currently shining in this part of the world, so all is not that bad!

So I was trawling through some old Facebook posts the other day and came across a notes page I had all but forgotten about – I must have added to this in response to someone else’s tag, because I had then tagged a number of friends to create the same type of thing. The idea was to create a list of facts that people might not have know about me (at that time)… if we’re friends on FB, then much of this may be old news, but I thought it would be a good thing to review and share now… and you know how much I love a good list! Continue reading

Gotta love a list…..

With every good day I guess there must be some ‘not such good’ days… I have always tried to remain a glass half full kind of person, but even I have struggled these last few days to summon enough energy to keep it from drying out! I was shocked on Monday with my reaction to news that an old school friend had sadly passed away. Thanks to the wonders of social media, we got back in touch a year or so ago and it was lovely to read her updates and see how fulfilled her life in the Home Counties seemed to be. But updates can be so deceptive and clearly all wasn’t as well as it appeared. The news, broken on the same social media platform which kept us in touch, has brought such sadness amongst my peer group and gave me cause to try and ┬áreflect on the positive energy flowing at this moment. At first glance I feel all out of positive energy… But I can tell you I am building an awesome portfolio of character traits for a truck load of baddies! Then I decided to make a list, life is so much better when I can make lists…

1. Today my baby turned 11 and we spent a great evening with the whole family. Pizza makes even the most rubbish days feel good!

2. I still have both my parents (and extended families) close by. To call on, moan to, drink tea/wine/vodka with at a moments notice!

3. I am blessed to have the chance to make regular visits to our beautiful Dorset. I say ours, because it almost feels like our home now!

4. I have a small, but very special bunch of friends, from all aspects of my life, who are on hand/on the phone and know just when to say and do the right thing!

5. This weekend the Hub and I get to catch up with old friends (some older than others!!) and drink wine! What’s so fab about them is that they won’t give a rats arse about my blog entries, observation grades, how many extra hours I’ve worked this term, what set the kids are in at school blah, blah…. But I know for sure if my glass is only half full, they’ll top it up, providing I pay my way when it’s my round (the Hub better bring enough cash!)

Now more than ever I know what direction I am heading in… It may be a life of lists and character traits, but I also know it will involve more wine, more tea and lots more laughter. If you’re still reading, well done! And I will leave you with this thought… Not original, but certainly true… Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.

Sleep well xxx

MJ xx

Have you got any homework…?

I came across a really interesting read on the BBC website today, regarding the effectiveness of removing internet access as a punishment for teenagers in today’s technology laden society! It’s worth taking a look, especially for parents of KS2 children. It doesn’t really tell the reader anything we don’t already know – teenagers need internet access for essentials homework, key learning and revision and they get sidetracked by the additional goodies that the wonders of the world wide web provide.

As a teacher and a parent, I have a foot on both sides of the fence with regards to this discussion. Continue reading

Naive…. moi?!

Well, how funny… isn’t it sometimes the smallest things which make you laugh? Last night we had the first of our recruitment evenings at work. How great to welcome even more new faces to our college to meet staff and how great to see otherwise shattered and exhausted colleagues tune into their passion and enthusiasm and sharing this with those we hope will choose to learn with us. We had so many engaging activities on the go that it was hard to find a quiet stand…. Surely they were aware the Bake Off Final was on anytime soon??! That said, in a more peaceful moment I took a break with a colleague I see less often. Having offered her a cup of tea/coffee, she declined and took a swig from her water bottle. `Evian!` she exclaimed… `Yes, I know… I could get it from the tap, but it doesn’t spell “naive” backwards for no reason, you know..!`

And do you know what… I never realised! So who’s the mug now?!

But in that room, surrounded by potential new students and their parents we howled…. goodness knows why, but at the time it was one of those unexplained, but very funny moments. Yes, yes, you had to be there… I know, but after a busy/mad/mind numbing few weeks, how lovely to laugh at something so totally innocent. Or maybe, on the part of that particular water company, not so innocent after all…!

MJ xx