This week's waffle...

Well, the students have all left uni now and despite popular belief I am not on holiday from May until September but busy with planning and preparation, research, visiting and working with schools, and getting back into blogging on this site. I am currently enjoying a week working in school alongside teachers on a variety of STEM activities including investigating skittles, creating an eco-classroom and investigating bridges and bug hotels. As well as this, it would appear that many NQT’s are actually heading out into school to work alongside their new classes. These transition hours/days/weeks are very important but there is always that discussion what you should actually do within this time. This seemed to be a perfect opportunity for me to give you some idea which I have done in the past and what I think are the important elements of a transition day.

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Science Posters

Science Posters

As part of the first year science module, our students carry out an investigation and the record it as a poster. When I photographed them, they turned out to be a total of 30MB, far to big to be uploaded here - but with the wonder of shared albums on icloud you can see them all in their full glory by following the link below

Why I wear my Rainbow Lanyard.

Why I wear my Rainbow Lanyard.
Anyone who knows me will probably not be surprised that when growing up I had some very unique views on the world in which we...

Moving on Transition

Moving on Transition
Well, the students have all left uni now and despite popular belief I am not on holiday from May until September but busy with planning...

In search for that elusive job….

In search for that elusive job….

Okay - I know I have failed already with one of this year's target for this blog, but things have changed and because of this so has some priorities. I'm currently trying to develop more of a split between personal and work life, mainly for my own sanity, but also because my activities with my game streaming and the radio station is taking up loads of my time away from work that I don't really want to complete writing for this blog while 'away' from work. Because of this, I am trying to write and hopefully record my waffles at work since essentially I see this blog as part of my professional work life. I've planned some time into my calendar and hopefully, if my bosses allow it, I will be able to contribute more regularly once again on this site. It seems strange to be waffling while I am at work, but I am currently taking a break from writing references to eat my 'wraps' and write this. This actually leads into the topic of this waffle - no, its not about wraps - its about jobs. As I have been writing references it has got me thinking about what would be my advice for searching out, applying for and succeeding in securing that elusive first job.

A small step for you, one giant leap for me!

A small step for you, one giant leap for me!

Every Friday night at 20:00 I do a radio show completely dedicated to songs and tunes from the musicals of both film and stage. One of my favourite musicals has to be the 'Sound of Music'. With every musical you have to have a favourite song and with this musical I have two - 'I have confidence' and 'Doh a Deer'. Why do I like the latter? well it is because of the initial opening lines of - 'Let's start at the very beginning, its a very good place to start...'. This is so true and I often remind myself of this whenever I start something new and feel that I am either being swamped with information or the initial outcome is not to a standard I want it to be. Hang on, bear with me this is going somewhere. This week I managed to achieve something which to most of you reading this will probably appear to be a small, minor step but,to me, it is definitely a giant leap!

When do I stop being a teacher and become a person?

When do I stop being a teacher and become a person?

Many people might consider me a pessimist because I am realistic about things. I always think it is interesting when you actually acknowledge that what you really wanted to happen will not and that you would be much happier changing direction and channeling your energies into something different. When I started this blog I had real visions of grandeur and used to eagerly await my rankings on various sites to see if you I was achieving what I set out to do. But over the months, or should I say years - these expectations have changed and now I have a much better idea of where I am going. I had similar expectations when I moved from primary school teaching to higher education and it is only recently that I have had a similar moment of realisation about things...

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