February 26, 2004

Balance

Well, trying to organise my life is starting to get under control. I seem to be able to have lessons planned at least a few minutes before I have to teach them, sometimes even a day! I spent some time last night with friends, and having flatmates with whom I am friends (and sometimes even sisters!) with is great. In Sims talk, it keeps my social bar green. I try to keep my work and home stuff seperate, but when it is after 5.00pm (I'm usually at school by 7.40am) and I still have work to do, I would much rather do it in the comfort of my own house than in the staff work room, especially as I'm unsure as to how to set the alarm and lock up the school.
It's hard now that my boyf has started up studying again. We don't live together and with my work and his studying we pretty much only see each other in the weekend. Sometimes we will try and talk on the phone, but during the week I am pretty wrecked and anything and everything distracts me, so I can't really keep up a conversation.
I've become more organised with my social life, actually planning to meet up with friends, or have things at my house, because I know that if I didn't make the effort I could easily end up not seeing anyone apart from the people I live with and maybe the boyf.

I have been doing Ecology with one of my classes and we have been talking about population regulation and how eventually all populations will stop growing at their environments carrying capacity. Then there may be some fluctuations, but generally the population will be balanced, at an equilibrium.

The equilibrium that I have reached is a comfortable one.
Altho, I could do with some more sleep ;)

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Bleurghy Morning

It is early and I am tired. I was all set to go to bed early last night and went upstairs and had a shower and took time getting changed to my PJs. I had plans to go back downstairs and do some school work. BUT then I went downstairs and there were two visitors! Totally welcome of course, but still, and then Cookie, one of my flatmates came stumbling and sniffling in (has a cold) she'd walked to the nearest liquor store for beer and they'd refused to serve her as she hadn't taken ID with her, the store was closing in 10min and she'd had a hard day so I drove her there and bought something myself. And ended staying up too late talking and drinking and then I got into bed finally and stayed up READING! Bad Giffy!

I must now go write BIO notes so that my students can learn... or something.

Also THANKS to all those people who have posted. You and Morgue's Mum are cool!

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February 25, 2004

In the Beginning

Hey, well basically I have been reading Jenni's blog heaps and I wanted one of my own. I had done a Wiki site when I went to Thailand, but this just seems so much more elegant. I'll probably post a few times a week and it may be full of me moaning about my work, which is at an all girl highschool. Please do not post me requesting pictures of the girls!!!

Anyway, I'll write some more when I'm not supposed to be doing my planning for the day.

Bah, just had a department meeting that went on for a while. We discussed techniques and reasons for 'co-operative learning' and then we actually got on to the science things. My fourth form have a test tomorrow and I fear that they will all fail and it will show what a suck teacher I am. We had a revision lesson for them today and they would not be quiet! It was last period and they just kept talking. I kept most of them in 5 minutes or so, but they were all whining about missing their buses so I had to let them go. Curse them! On the other hand my third form have a test on Friday and I think they will do ok.

I talked to my supervisor and she is going to observe a lesson with me on Friday. I hope I don't do too badly. It is strange, I have been teaching for about a month now, and this is the first time I have been assessed. I didn't have any of my practicums at this school so none of the teachers have seen me at work (except that some of them have as they wander past my room, or wait for me outside to finish). I gave my fifth form a telling off about homework today so they were quite good for the rest of the lesson. Hopefully this good behaviour lasts until after my observation.

I'm really pleased to have this blog. Hopefully it won't be filled with too much boring teacher stuff. Soon I will have my computer set up at home and I'll be able to work on it there. While updating it at school I mostly seem to be able to think of only school things.

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