May 14, 2011

The Ups and Downs of the GTP week….

Well, bit of a weird week.

Chelsea failed to turn up at Old Trafford, which put me in a shocking mood at school! I hate all these Man U supporting students! I can't wait for the inner city Birmingham setting next year, full of Blue Noses and Villains.

The week has been very interesting at school within the department, and I really cannot say why in such a public domain. Anyway, my timetable has been changed and I am doing a shed load of year 12 and 13 Physics now (though there is only 2 weeks of year 13 teaching left), and I really love it. Working with moderately intelligent students and better, a fair bit of commitment, and teaching some proper Physics. Big fan. With exam season now in swing, a lot of my classes are into revision mode. Designing lessons to enhance and optimise revision is quite interesting; I am going towards the 'market place' idea, with lots of mini-activities, keeping the students active and engaged. Working ok. With my love for the year 11s as a form tutor in the year group, I have been a big supporter of the science departments revision sessions after school for them. Think I am down for 7 over the coming weeks, with a couple of days at half term in school too. Thing is, I really want to do it. I adore my two form groups and if I can help them and their friends in anyway I am willing to try!

Last week saw me make my debut for the staff cricket team outdoors. After a very promising indoor season (league winners, with me wielding the bat with great success) I was installed at number 3 in the order - Golden Duck! Whoops. I did bowl at the death in a losing situation, and all in all a bad experience. This week's game came along on Tuesday vs Warwickshire County Council Education Dept, the tension in the air was electric with the news Myton was moving to Academy status in the previous days really adding extra needle. I was demoted to number 7 in the order, making a quick fire 1 before being given out lbw for a ball which nearly hit my box. Joke decision! Anyway, our total of 102 was passable as a target.

I was chucked the ball with 7overs left, and the opposition needing 32 to win with 8 wickets left. I bowled through, including the final over, taking 3-16 off my 4 overs and running out a batsman off the final ball who needed a four to win. instead he played a straight (and very firm) drive into my right ankle. The rest they say is history. So a win outdoors, and the next day I felt like I really belonged within the school. As a scientist, we very much stay in Science and rarely interact with other teachers. However, I got two high fives off assistant heads on Wednesday! Boom.

Thursday I went to KESH in Birmingham, the school I have a job at next year, for an AS INSET training day which i arranged to attend. It was awesome actually, and have some quality ideas and resources. I wish I had thought of this stuff earlier in the year, but I will now be ready for next year!

I had standards Q10-21 assessed by Gill on Friday at 8.30am (Alison, you owe me!) and it was a really positive meeting. I do miss our Uni sessions on a Friday actually, and am looking forward now to Thursday for the call back day. The meeting was good, and we seemed to discuss Q10 for most of it, and babies..... Staff football on Friday night, and I scored the winning goal. For the opposition I should add, unavoidable own goal.

Golf today was truly abysmal, and I am considering just chucking my clubs away. It is embarrassing how bad I have got at golf, and it is making me sad!

Hate United. Impressed by Blackpool

Just want to say congrats to my friend Lucy for winning the English Amateur golf title today. Quality!

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