All entries for Sunday 01 January 2012
January 01, 2012
Christmas - 'tis the season to be jolly.
Well it is really, and I have had an awesome time so far. Back to school Wednesday, so nearing that dreaded time when I have to fight with the ironing board and rid my shirt collection of those creases (which after Christmas takes me up to 15 shirts (3 week supply - boom (not including the tux shirts I have, and 3 Hawaii style numbers - incase of a real emergency))).
My last post mentioned I had 135 pieces of coursework to mark. Sweet odours raven (in the words of Ron Burgundy), It has been a dull few nights on my own once wife and daughter have hit the hay (anyone understand why hitting hay would make a suitable metaphor for sleeping? What has hay ever done to us). Talking of hitting Haye, Klitschko bottled his last fight didn't he?
I have come to the conclusion that marking is the single least fun thing in teaching. However, I do appreciate its importance, and from what I saw from ofsted inspectors, they spend as much time looking at books and asking them questions as they do observing teachers teach. So it is something I, and we, must get on with and do properly.
Guess I am not really allowed to tell the world how my classes have done in this coursework assessment, but I have at points been surprised, confused, delighted and angry when marking them. I would also say it has given me a much better perception of each student, on how mature they are and their ability to listen to instructions, never mind their fundamental science and exam skills. It will inform ones planning and intervention no doubt.
Hope everyone has had an awesome Christmas, and may 2012 be super duper.