Hello there. Two weeks in my new school and I haven't posted a word here yet, which is inexcusable. Well, I like it in my new hill village community college. The remote settlement has its own weather system (largely snow) and there is the intermittent cannibalism and fire worship to deal with, but they also have nice fancy stuff like a wireless computer network on site and data projectors in the classroom. I've only taught half a dozen lessons and I've already used more ICT than in the entirety of the last placement. I have some challenging groups, such as a relatively low ability sixth form English group (to whom I taught an appalling lesson last Friday, the poor dears) and some maniacal year 10s, who will be learning Romeo and Juliet
at my hands. I have been discussing with the brilliant regular class teacher the use of a positive bribe system to banish the word 'boring' from the classroom, but this has yet to come to pass.
I'll also be taking a fair bit of drama, and a little media, but I don't have my head entirely in the placement mode right now as I have stupidly agreed to give a lecture to some Open University research group next Monday (the 13th) and have been trying desperately to throw something together to that end in any spare time I have, reading innumerable 19th century novels in the process. Things should become somewhat more normalised in a week or so, I guess.
Of course after that there are the jobs to apply for, but that's another story entirely.