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October 08, 2010

Started it 27, finishing 28

HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOO planet Earth

A new post, and this one comes with an all new blog background appearance... I thought it only right I change something now I'm really old.

So yeah, interesting week. First bit of teaching done, having taken a year 9 class three times - Insulation, Conduction and Convection. Radiation next. Delighted to have started on the long road to teaching domination. Two things, more from self-evaluation than from comments from observers I really need to work on, is use of language and pace. I found myself for a split second using complex words ideal to presenting at conferences during my PhD, but to a bunch of year 9's just after lunch?? And pace. Pace of my speaking (too quick) and pace of my lessons (too slow). The content is fine, the predicted timings is fine, appreciation of how long it takes a class to pack lab equipment away is waaaaaaaaaaaay out. I'd go as far to say as my predicting skills are as good as those who predicted Liverpool, would win the league this year.

I had a mini-rant in my last blog about losing one of my favourite classes from my timetable, but you know what, I'm over that now. Fingers crossed I meet some excellent pupils in my new classes next week. Bring on the bottom set year 8's!

Positives from the week:

I've done some teaching. Boom.

I really have an awesome subject mentor at school, confirmed from the feedback she has given me from her observations of me so far. Praised me in the areas I deserved, but was extremely honest about what I need to work on initially. And I feel she really has my back too.

Got 2 birthday cards from the Myton GTP crew. Very nice! Though they didn't sing happy birthday, unlike my year 11 form group. I'm really enjoying being an associate form tutor; knowing 60 kids really helps about school, and lunch time duties on upper school playground are actually a delight, away from the usual chat from the female-dominated science staff room! :-)  The GTP guys are all mint, even Adam (sorry, I mean Alex).

Observed a Drama and a D+T lesson. Would love to do assignment 1 again. Saw some quality teaching in very diverse subjects. Drama at school for me was a total non-entity, I honestly can't remember a single thing bar the teacher's name. The drama lesson I saw was unreal. Year 7 kids putting in acting performances that make Ben Affleck look like an amateur. Wait, what do you mean he is an amateur? He helped save the world in Armageddon. Give the guy a break! Or are you from the Team America World Police school of thinking; 'I miss you like Ben Affleck missed acting school' Haha. I love that film. Infact, I might watch it now.

New Chelsea golf bag gifted to me. Its wicked.

Good session today at Warwick too, despite the fact the Science GTPs didn't get any lunchbreak at all. I more than made up for it at dinner. 3 pork chops!! Love that. But yep, seen lots of demos, videos etc which will be useful.

Had a Twilight SMARTboard session, which has revolutionized my template notebook file already for my lessons. Couple of quality little applications were discussed. I'll trial them and let you know how effective they are in due course.

Negatives

No Premier League football this weekend.

Another year til my next birthday.

So it is time to start thinking about assignment titles for this MA dissertation we have to do. My ideas I had initially have been quashed by the fact we can only 'experiment' on one class from one year group. It seems strange, but 5000 words really doesn't seem a lot to me to do a decent bit of research justice. But I warn you, having been the subject of word limit warnings previously at Warwick, you really must stick within the +/- 10%. But alas, all you need to do is say the magic words:

'Word count, excluding titles, name, references, appendix, graphs, tables, figures, abstract..... = 5549'  Perfect.

Right, time to clean my golf clubs, October medal becomes at North Warwicks Golf Club beckons for me, 9.14am tee time, playing with Ratty and the other half of 1x (www.one-times.com for more details).

Yours sincerely,

Stephen of Essex


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