Miss Popularity?

A few years ago, the Head of Department I was working for suggested I set up a Twitter account so that I could share links to useful information and websites with my students. It certainly seemed like a good idea, especially as I was fast losing track of everywhere I was keeping notes. It didn’t take me long to realise that I absolutely hated Twitter… but it did lead to my starting this WordPress site instead.

This site has become much more than just a handy way to store links. It has enabled me to both remember and reflect on my experiences, as well as being very therapeutic when necessary!  It has also given me a good insight into why a couple of my students have done so badly this year, despite apparently having enough academic ability to get into a grammar school. If they had put a tenth as much effort into their schoolwork as they did ‘googling’ me after I left, they would have been top of the class!

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Odds and sods!

No idea where this chair came from…

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… or how my chair ended up here!

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I learnt something new every day thanks to my students!

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Hands-on activities at the Imperial War Museum.

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The catering staff were obviously avid geographers as they seemed to have flags and decorations for every country! No surprise, this was ‘American Food Day’!

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Found this at the bottom of a student’s detention work. No doubt trying to get back in my good books!

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Saw this on the wall when I covered form time in one of the art classrooms. Seemed apt!

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Display at a recent teachers’ conference I attended at the University of Sussex.

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I’ve come a long way… or have I?!?

My first ever job (aaaaggghhhh – almost 33 years ago!) involved a plastic box, as I started out cleaning tables in a restaurant and used the box to carry all the dirty plates, etc, back to the kitchen. I had to laugh a few weeks ago when I had a bit of a flash-back to those days. Talk about coming full-circle! Different job, maybe, but still involving a plastic box. Mind you, I still frequently have to clean tables…

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It also struck me as fairly ironic that while I have come a long way in my teaching practice over the past year, I won’t have physically gone very far when I start my new job in September!

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