Raining that is, it’s been totally hot and dry for the last billion weeks, but as soon as we want to go camping in Britain it rains. I’ve paid a boy to water my garden plants – just to make doubly sure it rains throughout.
Have a good few weeks will report back when I’m back!
In the photograph you can see an Aussie Dictionary, a fridge magnet, a packet of mango rock sweets and a Sydney postcard.
As a resulf of these you may well find my entries scattered with Aussie lingo, me rather sweeter than normal as well as strangely magnetic… er and calling myself Sydney?
It was a real treat and I really appreciate the gift as well as Deeleea thinking it up and organising it.
As Yay realised my WISE gift arrived. I was hoping to do the proper thing and put a photo up but that will have to wait til tomorrow. In the mean time thank you for my brilliant WISE gift Yay. I will wait til I put the photo up to tell you what I got.
And, no Yay, I didn’t guess it was me from your clue!
It’s been a right stinker today.
Tomorrow’s my barbie so I’ll have a tinnie then. Reckon!
Apologies, I have been rather disorganised, rest assured I will send my gift off soon.
Yesterday I confiscated a drink and sweets from two boys in my form as they were buying them well into lesson time. This morning I refrained from confiscating another packet of maltesers from Arthur as it was, strictly speaking before school, but I did suggest he should eat less E numbers and do everyone a favour.
1 hour later…
Eagle eyed Maddie sees an empty Malteser packet under Arthur’s chair.
“Arthur, you’ve eaten your maltesers in my lesson, I’m a little bit cross with this state of affairs”*
“No, honestly miss, I didn’t, I ate them in assembly, that isn’t my packet.”
I opened and closed my mouth a few times, couldn’t quite find the words and walked away.
*wording may not be quite accurate
It’s a sobering thing, the joy of yesterday and the horror of today. Just this morning, before I knew about the blasts I was showing a short video clip of a policewoman talking about an IRA bomb she had been in, the context was forgiveness, the kids really had few memories of this sort of thing happening in London, I was trying to fill them in a bit… sadly they now will have a clue. Something they should never have to understand. Obviously my prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and the injured, but I also pray for Muslim communities who are likely to be on the receiving end of hatred as a result of ignorance.
Lord may your healing hand be on those who are suffering.
Please can you reserve me some tickets so I can watch the following events…
Thank you muchly,
Today I taught what was in theory the same lesson 3 times (3 year 9 groups) – just in case people are jealous I did also teach a couple of year 7 lessons but that is rather irrelevant to what I am thinking.
I was at the same point in the topic we are looking at with all three groups, having done the same preparatory work last week so in theory a level playing field. The reality is very different.
Class 1 – struggled through, they wouldn’t talk to me, I had to get them to write things down, didn’t get very far with the whole idea.
Class 2 – excellent, I pointed out that I would appreciate not having gormless faces staring at me when I was asking them a question. We made much progress.
Class 3 – not bad, I used the same gormless comment, it kind of worked and we probably made enough progress.
Now, this is my dilemma, on Thursday I am being observed doing the same thing with another year 9 class. How do I ensure I get responsive pupils without telling them I don’t want them to be gormless – or perhaps the Head wouldn’t mind me saying that?
Plus, I have completely forgotten how to write a lesson plan, will have to ask around tomorrow – anyway, it’s all changed since my day.
I have a beautiful set of 6 whiteboard pens in a nice plastic case. I have a small whiteboard (approx 40cm by 70cm)* currently the whiteboard is empty. It has previously had lists of treats people might want, but apart from the cat no one seemed greedy enough to use it as a place of hinting. My question is… how should I now use my whiteboard and 6 pens? If it helps you to work out what I should do, the colours are orange, red, purple, green, blue and black.
*OK, 40 cm by 63cm – I couldn’t resist measuring once I had typed it