Hitting the ground running…

Well, there you have it. I’ve survived my first week as a real teacher. I won’t get any sympathy from any new teachers who have been working flat-out since September but I still can’t believe how much I’ve done already.

So far, I have…

Taught dozens of lessons…

Marked hundreds of books, assessments and homeworks…

Issued thousands of detentions…

Got through hundreds of thousands of merit stickers…

Contacted millions of parents…

Organised billions of school trips…

Dealt with a squillion emails…

Entered a gazillion students’ achievement scores…

Learnt a quadrillion student and staff names…

Spent an eternity organising and decorating my classroom…

Drunk an entire plantation-worth of coffee…

And had an infinite amount of joy in all of it!

OK, OK, a slight exaggeration here (apart from the last bit!) but although there has been an unbelievable amount to do even in just these few days, I do really feel like I’ve landed on my feet and hit the ground running, as they say. Many thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. Couldn’t have done it without you. XXX

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Happy World Teachers’ Day!

UNESCO created World Teachers’ Day twenty years ago not only to highlight the hard work teachers do but also the plight of students around the world, where circumstances prevent them accessing the good education they desperately want and deserve. After all, no matter how tough the job gets sometimes here, there are both teachers and students in other countries who literally put their lives on the line every time they go to school… and often they don’t even have the most basic of resources.

Something to remember when I’m cursing the photocopier for breaking down or moaning that, yet again, we’ve run out of glue sticks.

 

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Potato puzzle!

Geography teachers love a good mystery lesson.  Why did Annie lose her job in a UK clothing factory? Why did the Eyjafjallajökull volcano make Mrs Furniss late for work? Who killed the Krill? The list goes on and on but yesterday I added a new one: Why wasn’t Mrs Furniss allowed to buy baking potatoes?

As I found out at the till, Tesco had just had a nationwide ‘emergency recall’ of all loose baking potatoes. I’ve no idea why but I’m absolutely sure that 30 inquisitive Year 8s would be able to find out!

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