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November 13, 2010

Week 8, a potted history

Well, a crazy week indeed.

Loads of work, lots of fun, lots of learning, and the first time I've really felt adequately prepared to teach.

My first official Warwick lesson observation went well, and it has given me quite a bit of belief (and relief), and my workload is mounting up in terms of the lessons I am delivering. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I am currently delivering lessons on my own for a couple of classes of mine now. To be honest though, I really like it, and have a feeling I can really put my own stamp and style on the teaching. Music is turning out to be a quality bargaining tool; 'work well for 15 minutes year 8's and perhaps I'll play you a tune....' Works a treat.

Due to my weird timetable, I've got a relatively relaxed weekend. A bit of golf, Jimmy Carr at the Arts Centre, Chelsea match... all will be enjoyed due to me having only one lesson on Monday. Sweet as.

Thursday, my subject tutor is in to observe me, so that is my main focus for the week. Not sure why, but I am quite worried! Think I played my jacket potato card a bit early....

It was good to be back at Warwick yesterday, first time in 3 weeks, I was starting to get a rash from the withdrawal symptoms. Needless to say, having nearly been run over by Alison before the core session, I did wonder why I thought I was missing it?! Well I hope you have all been practising those deep breaths and hums this morning, warming up those vocal folds. I've never sang so beautifully.... I quite enjoyed hearing everyone do a 'couple of lines of teaching' to showcase our voices, there are certainly a couple of people I'd really like to see teach on the back of that alone. 'And Harold moved up from the South all the way up to the North!' Class.

Have a good weekend, I already am (thanks to my golf clubs, Villa and Stoke City so far)

Steve


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