10. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

5 random facts about myself:

  • I have written several screenplays, nearly a whole novel and some monologues
  • I have different coloured eyes
  • I worked on BBC’s Hinterland
  • I have performed across the UK doing improvised comedy
  • My dad’s name is Will Power (seriously)

4 things on my bucket list:

  • To visit Italy
  • To get my book published
  • To have children
  • To launch a full range of illustrated products

3 things I hope for this year:

  • To get enough students together for a GCSE Media class
  • To get our TED style talk initiative to take off
  • To live up to my role and support others through the year

2 things that have made me laugh or cry as an educator:

  • Laugh: student logic and general awkward navigation of being teenagers. There are so many stories, I wouldn’t even know where to start!
  • Laugh/cry (in a positive way!): student enthusiasm for little clubs or idiosyncrasies in lessons. I have a Mario mushroom I throw around and use for quick fire grammar games. it was an off the cuff activity which has now become a permanent feature because of the boundless joy and excitement when the ‘Grammarshroom’ is brought out!
  • Bonus: I get weirdly emotional sometimes when speaking to parents about how well their child is doing and if they say anything nice to me. I think I just don’t really know how to respond and my body just goes into reaction overdrive and start welling up! I even get it if a child emails to say thank you or just says thank you at the end of the lesson as they leave. It’s all very strange!

1 thing I wish more people knew about me:

  • I am massively insecure, and worry constantly I am not doing a good job. I sometimes overcompensate for this and try to mask it with bounciness and cheer, but it overwhelms me every so often. I wish people knew that’s why I am the way I am and why I run things by people so much. I just hope it makes my habits less annoying, or at least provides a reason for them!

There you have it! If you are thinking of blogging, you could maybe try this one as a first post. It’s a pretty easy one to write, and it can be quite short too! That’s all from me, so thanks for stopping by!

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A Termly Reflection

This is the time of year when most people reflect back on the highs and lows of the year and think about how next year will be the greatest year ever when all of their dreams will come true. Thing is, that’s an integral part of getting through my day and therefore the build up to Christmas, at least in this respect, is no different.

Apologies if I sound cynical. I am two days away from the Christmas break and the kids are really ready for it. Not half as much as me, but the low level disruption I am usually hot on has been slipping in a little more over the last couple of weeks. I think it is a combination of me being tired and them being antsy, but there most certainly is a difference.

I have been reflecting on my last term though, so even though this is not a resolutions post like the plethora you will, I’m sure, be inundated with in the days to come, I do have a new chapter to peruse and consider.

I have started a new job on a full timetable. I moved house less than a week before I started and my husband started his PGCE this year. The changes have been pretty drastic and even though I feel I have managed them pretty well there is no mistake in my exhaustion right now. I properly love my job for the first time since starting to teach and feel I finally have a handle on some aspects of the profession.

I don’t think this post makes any sense but, if nothing else, take away from this that things do get easier than your PGCE and NQT. I thought it was a myth and lies designed to hook you and keep you in the system, but it really does get better. Merry Christmas.