Chai And A Chat #68 #ChaiAndAChat

Happy Monday to you all! I hope you’ve had a great week!

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that my patience has definitely been tried this week! Firstly we had the staffing ins and outs… never easy for any of us, adults and kids, but hey, we coped. Then there was the planning and prepping. My colleague and I managed to get the planning done before our official day, so it left me to create and locate the resources needed for the following week, alone. It’s easily done, but just time consuming. Oh, and we had a visit from a specialist teacher to observe my autistic Beaut. They are wo well meaning, but sometimes they forget that we are not a special school, and aside from that one child, I have 28 others to think about… Did I tell you I have another space in my class? One of my lovelies has left, as her family moved too far from the school for it to be viable for them to bring her here daily. So that leaves me with a spot… And seeing what I got when the last spot was filled, fills me with a new dread…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d go on to news about my Growler… She seemed to have such a good week. Yes, there were a rew growls, but it was also her birthday, and with plenty of cuddles, smiles and cadjoling. Then Friday came. Oh my, what a Friday! We started off wonderfully, then breaktime was great. She’s starting to play with a couple of others, which is wonderful. But trouble started when she had to go to do her phonic learning with another group. Shoes flung off, and curled into a corner, her group leader had to bring her in separately, once the rest of the children were back from the lesson. Then I started our Numeracy learning. She appeared happy, and was especially pleased when I set up a special game for her to access on my class SMART TV. Better than her sitting and not understanding what our work was about. A couple of visitors into the classroom threw her, and the next thing I knew, growl central started up… She was curled up in the tiniest of spaces under the TV. I tried to move her gently, and got her one of the soft toys she likes to hold for reassurance. She managed to slip back into the gap. Then when we were finally out, she growled as I led her to where I was sitting, hoping to engage her in an activity near me. She started to grab herself, so I thought maybe it was a toilet visit she needed. The one other adult in the classroom, my support, was asked to take her. I kept the rest of the class busy with their tasks, until a few moments later, she reappeared, saying she was going to get help; the girl had locked herself in the toilet. Basically, in the last 15 minutes of her time at school, we had the headteacher, and office manager, trying to open the door, then attemtps to extricate a 5 year old who had attatched herself to the toilet bowl, accompanied by high pitched screams. Her mum’s arrival didn’t immediately help. It took mum a few minutes to get her out of the cubicle too. Heaven knows what she will be feeling like on Monday! And I wonder why I was so exhausted in Saturday, that after a visit to the temple, I literally ended up in bed the whole day!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to mention that I have found a new hobby. I want to learn calligraphy! I have created a little kit for myself, and I must share this beautiful quill pen that I aquired…! That’s just me and stationery!
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Practice makes perfect #calligraphy #quillpen

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  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that I am nervously excited now. It is two weeks to the release of the book, and the last time I looked, preorders were at over 40! You guys, I am overwhelmed by your support! I have to share something funny though. I have been experimenting with Facebook Ads. I set up a small one to run, long term up to the release date, and targerted the UK, USA, Australia, India, Pakistan and the UAE… And since then, the ad has been inundated by likes… by random Asian men! 😂Surprisingly, no sales from there…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d mention that Lil Man wanted to return a basket ball that wasn’t up to scratch, so the kids and I ventured to Bluewater to return it, and had a lovely meal out as well.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d have to share this too. Friday was Chinese New Year and we had an afternoon of celebration at school. The kids had noodles to try, games with chopsticks, dragon masks to make, and at the end, I bought them all Fortune Cookies to share. They loved it all! There were a few fortune cookies left, so I bought them home. And this was what one said…
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d admit to falling for another of those challenges on Social Mendia. I swore I wouldn’t, but I ended up having to. Have you heard of the #DollyPartonMemeChallenge? She posted a meme of her alleged profile pics on various Social Media sites, spoof ones, obviously, to show how different a single person can be perceived by their profiles… so, here’s mine!
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I swore I wouldn't, but I did… #dollypartonmemechallenge

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  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d say that this week, will be the calm before the storm, so to speak. The last week of January, then Feb hits with a BAM! We have ALL the birthdays in my in-laws family, my bro-in-law first, Hubby Dearest and my Mum-in-law on the same day, and then my Dad-in-law and Lil Princess on the same day too! Coupled with Valentines day, and a couple of weeks in, my Publishing Day, I think I should try and get my thinking cap on for gifts, and also get a little more rest in!
  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that it’ll be assessment time before I know it at school too! Dear God, help me!

Right, that’s me done Peeps! Let me how your week has been!

45 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rae Reads
    Feb 04, 2020 @ 14:27:53

    Your classes are too big, girlfriend! Here in the Lone Star State, pre-k classes are 20-22 at the most, and if special needs students are included, the cap may be fifteen, and even then the teacher has an aide, even if it is a trained volunteer like a retired kindergarten teacher or somebody’s retired-teacher grandmother.

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    • Ritu
      Feb 04, 2020 @ 15:34:29

      We have ratios that we work with. Once they are at school, of which the first class is Reception where I am teaching this year, legally it is just a teacher needed for 30 stsudents!
      Thankfully my head is more forward thinking than that and we have 2 full time assistants, and I have a one to one support for my autistic child.
      But even that is sometimes not enough!

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  2. Jennie
    Feb 03, 2020 @ 13:39:58

    Oh, that child! We don’t have locked bathrooms. We don’t have doors on the front, just sides on the stalls. I have a child like her, too. He is big and strong, and I often come home sore from his pushing and pulling. Sigh! I am also birthday-heavy in February, as in all but two. Yikes!

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  3. Danni Ever After*
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 20:41:07

    I took a calligraphy intensive in NYC a couple years ago and I loved it! I need to get back to practicing!

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  4. willowdot21
    Jan 28, 2020 @ 17:14:08

    Sending calm and lots of support 💜

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  5. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 17:13:04

    Teaching would not appeal to me on the basis of what you have described. I find it hard enough teaching adults and working with them. What a busy week you have had.

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  6. johnrieber
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 16:34:21

    Just pre-ordered, and will be doing a “Wednesday Bookmobile” segment when the book is released…again, good luck!

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  7. OIKOS™-Publishing
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 14:33:12

    If you write your memoirs later, it will surely be a very special bestseller, Sis! You don’t even need a dramaturge, in the experiences.;-) When I read this with the toilet, I was already thinking of the headline of the tabloid press: “Child disappeared in the toilet!” However, you are a wonderful teacher, calmness is your second name. 🙂 Now, head over to the kitchen. There needs to be a lot of baking action, and if i know teenagers right, you will be alone with this. Right? Best wishes, Michael

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  8. syl65
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 14:32:38

    Have a great week ahead, Sister. Ever so close to that special date📚

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  9. The Avid Reader
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 12:57:58

    You’ve had a busy week! I would love to have nice hand writing, but most of the time my hand writing looks like a spider ran around the page with ink on its feet! Hopefully you have less stressful week this week. Great post!

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    • Ritu
      Jan 27, 2020 @ 16:06:30

      Thank you!
      Believe me, my usual handwriting is so rushed, it is definitely doctor worthy spider scrawl!
      But I like the idea of taking my time to create something beautiful!

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  10. floridaborne
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 12:31:32

    I know how it is when the day starts out well and then BAM. I, too, reach for the cake or make cupcakes.

    As for calligraphy — it’s not an art for people with dyslexia. 🙂

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  11. faithfullyyours2017
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 07:52:58

    hi ritu i always love reading what u’ve been doing during the week….

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  12. Doug Thomas
    Jan 27, 2020 @ 06:11:29

    What a busy – and challenging! – week you had, Ritu!

    If we were sipping that chai together this week, we would have had an engrossing and interesting discussion of the merits of women in positions of responsibility versus men in the same positions. Here is what I would have contributed to that chat:

    An American women’s magazine – LADIES HOME JOURNAL – used to have a slogan (starting in 1941) that highlighted the purchasing power of women to it advertisers, yet also suggested something else about this demographic: Never underestimate the power of a woman.

    Yes, if you have a tough task, a woman is your best bet! I was a supervisor at one point before I retired, and that usually was my finding when relying on my staff to get tough tasks done. (The men were more concerned about their future plans to become supervisors, whereas the women were focused on doing the job and doing it well!) Clearly this is your work ethic, too!

    p.s. Women make better supervisors, too, I’ve learned, because of this focused attention to detail.

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