December 07, 2010

Parents Evening Made Me Mute!

To round off yet another busy week, Thursday night was year 8 Parents Evening. Despite some pre-meeting nerves and surreptitious shoe change in the hall (snow boots were definitely more weather appropriate than parent meeting appropriate) it actually went really well. I enjoyed meeting everyone and all of the parents were really supportive, even when I did have to reveal a few 'home truths' about homework standards and the behaviour of one or two pupils. Even though I'd worried that it would be glaringly obvious that I was merely a trainee teacher, everyone treated me like a professional. 

All that talking however had taken its toll on my voice and I woke up on Friday to find I was losing my voice. By the afternoon it was reduced to barely a whisper so I was thankful I was in Uni and not trying to teach. I'd assumed all would be back to normal after the weekend but by Monday I still couldn't talk properly and had to struggle through my lessons with a variety of whispers and mime actions. I think the novelty of it all similarly stunned the class into near silence, and they were really very sweet reading out instructions etc on my behalf. Insane as they might drive me sometimes, I do love my year 7 and 8s at times like these.  

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  1. Jane Freshwater

    Occupational hazard I am afraid. How is your new placement treating you. New context – different skill set? Its worth trying to think about how you are having to modify/vary/adapt to your new surroundings, ethos, students… well done on the skills test – that’s weight off your mind. Are you job hunting yet or is Lode Heath a possibility?

    17 Jan 2011, 13:32

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