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October 08, 2010

Coco the Rottweiler

Coco

In April this year, I became the proud owner of a pedigree rottweiller, her name is Coco.  Upon my secondary research of the breed, I learnt that this is a difficult dog for first time owners due to the high level of intelligence of the dog, it's over-territorial nature, and later insubordinance to the pack leader.  The successful pack leader will be firm yet fair, consistent yet compassionate and will adhere to the three pillars of every dogs' need of affection, discipline and excercise.

Although I was a first time dog owner, Coco, thankfully is generally a calm an d submissive dog whose behaviour and routine is very consistent.  The behaviour is due to the fact she is from a pedigree lineage.  Her parents were born here, their parents were born here, but the previous three generations, all of which are Kennel Club registered, are from Germany.  The consistence of her routine is in large part down to her human family.  She wakes, eats, plays, relieves herself at the same time of the day.

Readers of this blog may wonder why I am spending time introducing them to Coco.  The answer is simple.  Through my observation of successful teachers, I have learnt that they possess similar traits to those required by owners of calm submissive dogs. 

Besides sustainance and physical activity, a good dog owner provides mental stimulation, praise and discipline.  These pillars of success are no different from an outstanding teacher.


First placement

Greetings,

I have been made aware of my where I will be placed for my first placement and am very happy indeed.  It's nearby, is a new-build with great resources and has a high reputation to boot.  

I have visited the location, for ethical reasons I shall not name the institution, I got lost on more than one occasion so it will be good to resume my duel with the corridors, elevators and stairwells that caused me some degree of head scratching on previous visits.  I did feel I was pretty good at orienting myself so it caused me considerable, yet not insurmountable pain.  




October 06, 2010

Serial Placement One Eve

Well, the Eve of Serial Placement One is upon me.  Back on September 20th today seemed like a lifetime away but alas it has shot by.  The weeks will now fly by indeed.  

Always, always, always, remember to never get overwhelmed.  I took great pride in keeping seated when Rachel Dickinson asked today.  I hope my calm and collected demeanour is not misperceived as laziness, incompetency or failure to care.

For whatever ailment a human being may experience there is almost always an antidote.

I am not sure how I felt before entering the library this afternoon but I left feeling very sure of myself and also very glad that the books I took out will serve me well.  They are not on any reading list, but did call out to me.

I think that frequenting the library is an EXCELLENT way of remembering exactly what our purpose is.



October 05, 2010

Better late than never

I have just been having a general browse at the blogs posted by pgce fellows, I do feel slightly saddened that up until a few days ago, our subject website was composed entirely of Latin.  

Therefore could not blog until this was rectified, some two weeks.

I would like to thank those in charge who have finally enabled us to access our website.

Happy blogging.