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A teacher’s uniform June 14, 2013

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I might rock the yellow one day! – from the madeinchina website

Unlike the navy, chefs, deep-sea divers, nurses and policemen, teachers do not have regulated attire. Some other professions have a ‘look’.  They can often be associated with certain styles and colours.

In the last eighteen months, I’ve taught in many good schools where everyone is in suits and others where the teachers wear chinos and converses! In these schools behaviour, the quality of teaching and staff support isn’t lacking. so this is not a post calling for smarter uniform.

However, I do have a uniform – a mental armour that changes me from introverted bookworm to Ms_________, bellowing and growling in a noisy classroom. (My friends are still surprised at what I do :P)

There are some risks with is mental wall

  • Forgetting to take it off – becoming more terse over longer period
  • Forgetting to put it on – resulting in a hellish work day
  • Struggling to use those skills (ie. voice projecting) in non-work scenarios – announcing dessert at a dinner party or saying “excuse me” in a packed train.

You can see I still working on seams of this ‘uniform’. It certainly fits better these days!

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Blossoms and Severe Writer’s Block April 18, 2013

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Repeatedly, in the last two months, I’ll sit in front of by laptop, open up my WordPress dashboard, click on add new post and …nothing.
Or I’ll be at the dining room table tap-tap tapping on the surface with a gnawed pen. It was a horrible experience as I seemed drained of all my creativity.

I believe it’s linked to the protracted cold weather we’ve been having in London. Now Winter is my favourite seasons but no much of a good thing isn’t good.
Or maybe its just laziness. ideas for this blog have come easily before. Now I earn it through blood, sweat and tears, emphasis on the tears.

A few evenings ago I was walking home from a friend house. It was about 10:30 pm. I rounded a corner and on the green was a huge tree laden with blossom. It was so startling that I stood in wonder. Spring is here to stay!

Night blossoms

The sunshine, warming temperatures and lighter evening hadn’t convinced me until I saw that tree. I began clapping and laughing out loud. Then this post’s title hazily formed in my mind.  The block on my creativity faded away!

Since then I jotted several ideas which I’ll blog about in the near future.

If the sun is shining where you are, step outside for a few minutes. Enjoy!

Pencils Down … January 15, 2013

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It is exam season – A time I remember with fondness. At this time I am glad I’m a supply teacher and my student days are behind me.

In what way do exams prepare one for the ‘world of work’? Not really as I haven’t taken a test since graduation. Yet whenever I’m asked a question the same thudding heartbeat rings in my ears.

“Miss, how come …”

Thought 1: I haven’t the foggiest

Thought 2: I really should know this

Thought 3: Why don’t I know the answer? Gasp! My brain has expired.

Thought 4: Who cares that I don’t know. If I were a genius I wouldn’t be doing this job 😛

I say sweetly, “That’s a great question. How about you google it when you get home. [insert famous Scientist here] life’s work was on this topic”

Accurate recall under pressure

Why do I miss this?

Possibly, I’m haunted by the trill of being high on adrenaline.

Mostly, fretting over uni exam is a minor stress trigger compared to rent, work, health etc.

Truly, I gained confidence by being able to share my hopes and fears with my classmates. That camaraderie is hard to find these days.

2013: My Literary Resolutions December 29, 2012

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Now the Millennium is a teenager! I’m ready to face the growth spurts, raging hormones and GCSE’s.

Surprisingly, I was able to keep my three 2012 resolutions. This could be because I keep them short and precise. They were similar to STOP. LOOK . LISTEN. Next year I’ll be more adventurous in my hopes and dreams.

I have a few of books I must read this year. 

  1. The Simarillion by J R R Tolkien
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence: There are eighteen books altogether. I have read five already

I also hope to continue to blog  regularly on Science, Books and Teaching.

Have a wonderful New Year!

Below are the links to my best  2012 posts

But you’re a scientist

Of men and of angels

A path worth following

The Young Tender Tween

An Ode to a ‘Supply’

An Ode to a ‘Supply’ October 17, 2012

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I’m not a poet so this is technically not a poem.  Most of the time my posts are inspired by my work and this is no exception.

It was 7:26am

Ms Locum stood by her front door

She went through her mental check list

Two dozen pens – Check

A baker’s dozen pencils – Check

A piece of fruit, dried soup and a sachet of hot cocoa – Check

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was a crisp autumn day

Cool blue skies with tints of sunrise red

She walked quickly toward station

Then sprinted when she the thunder of an approaching train

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was a typical old style building

Ancient red brick, pipes along the corridor wall

‘I could be in any decade’ she thought

As she tailed the office staff to the classroom

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was year nine class

There would always be a year nine class

In they came, high on crisps and sweets after morning break

Some greeted her cheerfully

Some swore, startled by the new face

Others jostled and shoved

One or two slammed the door against the wall

Ms Locum is a supply teacher

 

It was a trick she learned from another teacher or maybe a book

“Good Morning” She said directly to each student as they came in

Her smile was wide and inviting

The wave of hostility receded

Then she stood in the front waiting for silence

Her smile vanished

Ms Locum is a supply teacher