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January 17, 2011

Maltesers – lighter than ordinary chocolate

Alriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiighty then (in the words of Ace Ventura)

So had a full day at my complimentary school today. Taught all 5 periods. I have a day like that at my main school too once every two weeks, and to be honest, I dread that day. I have break duty and badminton club that day too, followed by a meeting after school, and it just drains me.

Today, however, despite being the saddest day of the year, went surprisingly well. I felt a lot more upbeat at the end of the day, and overall the lessons were quite smooth. My complimentary school do a lot of double lessons, so planning for a 2 hour stint with a class was new to me until today.

Why did it go so smoothly?

Well, number 1, it was a Monday. Fresh off a Chelsea win (a rarity these days), golf in the rain yesterday, and being pleasantly surprised that Colin Firth can actually do some acting, I had some enthusiasm.

Number 2, I was just delighted that when I filled my car up with petrol this morning, the card machine didn't say 'Insufficient Funds'. £54. Oh my giddy aunt. This GTP wage needs to be increased to reflect the cost in travelling me thinks......

Number 3. I got a laminator for Christmas. I was told by a GTP last year that the best thing you can do is get a good laminator and really make your resources look good and also hardy enough to reuse on a later date. Santa got me a laminator (how old am I?) and it made its debut yesterday, laminating information packs on renewable energy resources.

Number 4. My mentor asked to seemy lesson plans for periods 3, 4 and 5 on Thursday. So I had to plan a long way in advance. Needless to say, this does infact pay off.

So, if I was to offer any advice on teaching a full day..... take lots of food with you (I managed to build in maltesers into a year 10 lesson today). Take lots of drink with you. Plan a few days before. Buy a laminator.

Off on the EAL visit tomorrow, looking forward to that. Hopefully pick up some tips to apply in my current classes, when English is certainly not a main language (Is brummy an official language? Is Yam Yam?)

Take it easy boys and girls, Steve

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