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June 24, 2011

Strike onnnnnnnnnnneeee!

Been a while,

The days are passing me by somewhat, the lessons I teach are constantly interupted by trips, sports day, exams etc. Never really sure until the lesson what I will be faced with in terms of numbers.

I am kind of wishing I was a PGCE right now. The ones at our school left on Wednesday, and are off to start at their new schools in some cases, and I would like to be doing that too now to be honest. Guess that would give these last 4 weeks much more purpose and direction, whereas currently, it seems the school, department and students are just ambling through, going through the motions.

But yep, am currently up trying to plan an adventurous lesson for my nutter year 10s tomorrow. I do love them, but I need to entertain to keep them on task. Lesson is including a scooter and snooker balls so far, and the aim is to get everyone running up stairs and then calculating the work done and power in each individual case.

Year 11 prom tomorrow, I am ridiculously excited for whatever reason! Reacquaint with my awesome tutees, might even buy them a drink (if drink prices are not extortionate...). White tux at the dry cleaners, will pick that up after school tomorrow in preparation for being the event's 'bouncer'. Cannot wait to turn away some drunk year 11s :-)

Not really sure what to make of this strike nonsense. I cannot say I am one for striking, there are much more effective ways to cause havoc! The idea of industrial action when some teachers cannot because of the Union they are in makes no sense to me. I think it should have been done at a time when all Unions agreed to strike together (or not as the case may have been). I am also a realist, and recognise that at 28, this decision isn't going to affect me massively, it will be the 4 or 5 subsequent proposed changes over the coming decades that will severely influence my pension. The country is silly debt, and realistically I'd rather we got rid of that, and then got ourselves in order with fairer pension schemes and such. I honestly got into teaching to hopefully inspire a generation of physicists, and me not being in school will not help that cause either. So yep, that is my ill-informed opinion on that one!

Hope all final assessments have gone well for all of us, and the exam board are in a good mood next week!

Stevo


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