Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 192

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Don’t you dare say I only work half a day
Don’t you dare sneer at my 10 weeks ‘off’ a year
Give me a lunch break at lunch
Holidays when I choose
No work before 9 or after 5
A weekend just to snooze
Give me this and I’ll give you my roll
But I warn you, my friend
It takes heart
Body and soul

Anon

Thanks, Spidey!

It’s finally half term for us here in the Kentish area of the UK, anyway, and I am so glad of the time to finally unwind.

Will I rest?

Probably not as much as others seem to think.

I have two kids to think of too, you know.

And I have lesson plans that need tweaking too.

I loved what Spidey found for us to ponder today though.

It is so easy to see the face of a teacher’s ‘job’.

Short day, lots of holidays, playing with kids…

But we are like icebergs.

You only see the tip of us, unless you live with us.

Then you see what is going on underwater…

  • The early starts, and late nights.
  • The grabbing a chance of a mouthful of lunch in between preparing your classroom for the rest of the day’s learning, marking books, operating clubs, dealing with issues the lunchtimes supervisors can’t handle…
  • Teaching your bladder to only need to be emptied on a minimal basis, and when you do go, learning how to do the most spectacular speed wee ever!
  • Piles of work that comes home, and if not work, hours at computers, researching lessons or cutting out resources ready for the next few days.
  • Hours spent agonising over the assessment and abilities of your children. Working out how to educate each individual, be it through supporting the learning of fundamentals, or embedding and creating an environment of learning that stretches those who already ‘get it’.
  • Crying over the situations some of your children come from, wanting to be there for them above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Paperwork involving ridiculous red tape that needs to be done to appease the government, that takes precious time away from actual teaching.
  • Being unwell, but feeling unable to take time off to recover because you don’t want to let the kids or your colleagues down.
  • Finally getting to a holiday, but not being able to afford to go, because your days off are always in school holiday time when all the prices are ridiculously elevated…

But we do it because we love what we do.

Ultimately, teaching is a vocation, not a career. We care. That’s why we put the time and effort in. (Just a little extra monetary appreciation from the government would be good!)

So… anyone fancy a job swap with me? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

#SoCS October 20/18 – Can

Linda’s prompt for SoCS this week…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “can.” Use it any way you like. Bonus points if you start and/or finish your post with it. Enjoy!

Can you believe it is nearly the end of October?

This year has whizzed by so fast, I can’t quite keep up!

I’ve experienced my second child hitting double digits, my firstborn becoming a teen, seeing my Pops fall very ill but recover amazingly, our family growing with my second Finndian nephew – so many amazing events!

I’ve had some wonderful get-togethers with friends an family, including the Annual Blogger’s Bash.

Big one – I FINISHED my first draft!!!!!

And I still have Diwali and our anniversary to look forward to, then Christmas too!

Yes. I mentioned that word.

Christmas!

More or less two months to go before the festive season is upon us.

I love Christmas. Maybe it’s because, being a teacher, the build-up to it is always electric, with nativity plays, and glitter-encrusted classrooms, as decorations and handmade cards are created.

So, how’s your year been? Let me know, and tell me something you still have to look forward to, if you can!

Catch ya later Peeps! Happy Saturday!

https://lindaghill.com/2018/10/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-20-18/

Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt #7 – Prep #Ginspired

The lovely Lorna over at Gin & Lemonade With A Twist Blog has started a new writing prompt.

She hasn’t named her challenge, so I have – Lorna’s Gin-spiring Prompt!

Gin-spired

This week, we have the word: Prep

When I was at school, I used to have a prep book.

What was prep?

Well, in my school, which was an independent institution (Private), homework was referred to as prep.

I wondered why it was called prep, rather than homework, so did a little research.

Obviously, the class connotations are there. The boarding and private schools tend to use the term prep, whereas your regular state schools say homework.

See, posh I am! 😉

Then there was a whole debate on what the terms meant.

Nowadays they do essentially mean the same thing, but if you dig back, Prep – short for Preparation work, would be getting ready for the next stage of learning – because as a boarder, you wouldn’t be going home to work, as you stayed at school!

Homework is work that has been sent home to consolidate the learning that has already taken place.

Makes sense, really, doesn’t it!

I actually hadn’t thought of the term ‘prep’ for years, but the last book I read, ‘The Art Of Hiding’, by Amanda Prowse, was about a woman whose life is turned upside down when her husband dies and leaves her and their sons reeling, not only by his demise but with the news that they are actually bankrupt. Her sons are forced to go from an extremely expensive private school to a local comprehensive school.

The eldest son is really upset, as he asked about what prep they would have for that night and he had the mickey taken out of him by the rest of his classmates.

At school now, we definitely don’t assign prep, but homework.

Strange how words that mean the same can have such different connotations…

https://ginlemonade.com/2018/10/19/friday-reads-a-writing-prompt/

 

#WritePhoto – Glimmer

Sue’s #WritePhoto Prompt this week:

It is there.
It may seem far away.
But if you believe, you can see it.
A glimmer of hope, like an oasis in a desert.
Shining through in the darkness of the world we live in.
Peace will reign one day, in the future. We just can’t lose our faith.

Ritu 2018

#writephoto

https://scvincent.com/2018/10/18/thursday-photo-prompt-glimmer-writephoto/

#writephoto

One-Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Feeling Old

“Children nowadays know nothing really = in my day we were  so different…!” – Lil Princess (aged 10!)

Talk about knowing how to make mummy feel old!

In my day?

We were talking about a lack of understanding and motor control in my nursery class in general, and when she piped up with that beauty from the back of the car, I was (almost) speechless!

Her ‘class’ were just generally much smarter, apparently, and they could “count up to 15. ya know!”

It made for an interesting conversation…

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge.

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