March 05, 2012

Submitting the beast

So Blog it has been awhile, and what a busy time it has been.

New placement, new schools and all is going well. I have moved on from Secondary and am now at a Further Education college and am loving every second. The vibe is very different as is the teaching style and process of learning. Concentration lies on discussion and how to get the students to reflect on what they have done. What I have noticed as the main difference is that in School the teacher teaches the pupils, in College everyone works together on a journey of learning. It is more of a shared experience. At first I was worried this would be a culture shock for me making the transition from secondary to FE but alas I seem to have found my feet quickly. what is not to love? As an actor/director/writer this is dream come true for me. It is like walking into fame, where all day, every day is drama related. I feel like I am cheating the PGCE system. However the work load is still there, planning for three hour lessons is tougher and my knowledge is put to the test. But I throw the gauntlet down and accept the challenge. Bring it on!

On another note the dreaded Masters has been submitted. Whether it is any good is another matter entirely. Will I have mastered the masters? Only time will tell, praying I don't have to write it again.

I am also trying to read a play a week to increase my drama knowledge and learn more about practitioners. I have just this second finished reading The Dumb Waiter by Pinter. Interesting play, quite simple yet effective. I need to ponder it further to really find meaning. The actor in me would be drawn to the role of Gus and for some odd reason I see him as Scottish.

The other play I read recently was Blasted by Sarah Kane. Oh dear. Wasn't the pleasantest of reads. Shock for shocks sake does not wash with me. It felt like she was being controversial for no reason what so ever. Don't think i'll be using this one in a school anytime soon.

Likes of the moment: The West Wing, The Wooster Group and FE Colleges
Dislikes of the moment: Masters, Masters, Masters.

January 11, 2012

The Moment.

Today I had my last ever lesson with my BTEC class, as I left they all stood up and sang Black Socks to me, each shaking my hand and wishing me good luck. Moments like this show how awesome kids of today are, I am truly moved. Teaching has it's golden moments and this will stay with me forever. In the space of six weeks I've really formed a bond with these kids and I am going to miss them. I should be singing to them.

This moment has really proved to me that teaching is the right thing for me to do.

October 18, 2011

This could be the start of something new!!!

So PP1 has been thrust upon me quicker than a granny on pension day.' My oh my' that came round quickly, (well i know it is only orientation but i'm referring to starting in the school). In the words of Shania Twain ' Looks like we made it, look how far we've come my baby' and what a lot I have learnt all ready. I've observed some great things and ideas - however the dreaded Masters still is a gaping hole of unanswered questions. It spins my head right right round like a record but I still have no idea what to do it on. As the Beatles might say 'Help! I need somebody.' but I am sure that 'I'll get by with a little help from my friends.'

So my new school is totally awesome sauce. My fav bit has to be the fact that all doors lock preventing the pupils from getting anywhere without being swiped through by a teacher. A bit like sheep herding. A genius idea. Also being given my own swipe card, staff toilet key, locker, planner and diary made me feel well cool. It's 'all the small things' that make me happy.

Pupils are remarkable observant. Any minor detail about my personal appearance they seem to pick up on. "Sir is your hair dyed" "You're wearing odd socks" "I Like your jumper." Makes me realise I really do have to pick what I wear carefully each day. My favourite remarks so far have been when they say I look like certain celebrities, none of them flattering. So far I've been told I look like Jedward, The Posh One From Big Brother and Wolverine. Lovely. It's ok though I know 'I am beautiful in every single way.'

The classes I am going to be teaching certainly have a bit of personality about them. Whether this is a good thing or not I am yet to decide but I feel it is going to be a healthy challenge. 'It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight.' - but I might not be saying that in a few weeks time.

Anyway how useful has the blog been . . . I have no idea. Am I wasting time with silly song lyrics. I have no idea. But I will leave you with some wise words from a good friend of mine, Meatloaf. "I will do anything for love, but I won't do that' - let us hope that 'that' doesn't refer to teaching.


October 09, 2011

The Woman In The Cupboard

Here is a short poem inspired by a strange encounter during observation week. The odd sighting has creeped me out slightly but I embrace this feeling and am reflecting on it in order to create art.

The Woman In The Cupboard by Ross Brown

She stares. She Sits. She Sits. She Stares.
The Woman in the cupboard.
She leans. She rocks. She rocks. She leans.
The Woman in the cupboard.
What does she do? We are not quite sure
She shakes the polish, we’ve seen it before.
But why in the cupboard at half past three
It’s a riddle for you, and a riddle for me.
The Woman in the cupboard.
She shakes. She Stirs. She Stirs. She Shakes.
The Woman is still in the cupboard.
All day. All night. All night. All day.
The Woman is still in the cupboard.
Is the cupboard her house we are not quite sure
Does she use the polish to shimmer the floor
She may just sit and shake-a-way
Shaking her polish all through the day.
The Woman is still in the cupboard.
She stares. She sits. She rocks. She leans.
The Woman never leaves the cupboard.
She shakes. She stirs. All day. All Night.
The Woman never leaves the cupboard.
And if one day you dare go in there
She might give you a little scare.
For her story is worse than that of a wasp bite
Then you to might shake polish all through the night.
The Woman never leaves the cupboard.
She stares. She watches. She watches. She stares.
The Woman in the cupboard.
She glares. She haunts. She haunts. She glares.
The Woman in the cupboard . . . is watching you!

October 06, 2011

Thor . . . I'm all Thor it!!!

4 out of 5 stars

So as a massive Marvel/comic book/super hero film fan I was excited to finally get around to watching Thor having missed it in the cinema. I wasn't dissapointed.

The legend that is Kenneth Branaghhas done a sturdy job with a stonking cast. Natalie Portmancan do no wrong - why is she so good. Very engaging as a performer and Thor was no exception. Also I welcome most films with StellanSkarsgardand Anthony Hopkins in. My favin the film was probably Tom Hiddlestonas Loki, who gave a more interesting perspective to a super baddie. Intrigued to see where this character develops.

Anyway to the point - I was hooked from word go especially with the epic fight at the beginning with the Frost Giants. In fact can hardly fault the film was a real good Sunday afternoon watch. The only bit I wasn't partial of was the robot guard system thing - that was a bit naff in my opinion. But this film has certainly wet my appetite from The Avengers and certainly rocked the screen which sadly Captain America and Iron Man 2 didn't quite manage. But hey ho with JossWhedonat the helm I am expecting something incredible from The Avengers.

So Thor I give a rating of 7.5/10 and will have to purchase ondvd.

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  • Ross! are you serious! Thor was a nice film??? Its the same as Green Lantern played by Ryan Reynolds… by Abdul Iqbal on this entry

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