Spidey’s Serene Sunday #423 – Back to the Grindstone… Again

“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai

Thanks for that quote, Spidey. That Malaa is one wise young woman.

I’ll be honest. I am still shattered.

Two weeks off work, and even though we haven’t done anything over the top, personal circumstances have left me less rested than before.

Am I excited to go back?

It’s a busy big term, as you can guess.

On top of the main job of educating the children, we have a couple of short weeks due to bank holidays, including the one for the King’s Coronation. Then there is the writing of reports, the assessing of children at the end of the year, progress meetings, as well as, for me, the huge task of looking at the new entrants to our school, due in September, filtering through them, contacting the parents, and trying to allocate classes for them, looking at transition activities for our current children, to ease them into the world of Year One, after their Reception year, as well as meeting the children who will be in our hands, after. ( And I hear there are chances of more strikes from certain unions, which, though for important causes, doesn’t make our lives any easier in the present moment…)

I am already looking at that May half-term, two-week break with joy! (Which will be busy, too, since Lil Man’s A-levels will start, and there is the small matter of book two being released in the middle of it!), and then the summer vacation, another six weeks later!

But, honestly, I am not wishing the time away. I love being with the children but could do without the paperwork and red tape.

Still, at least I have the breaks to look forward to!

So, Peeps, how do you get over the back-to-work blues?😊

#TankaTuesday Weekly #Poetry Challenge No. 287, 8/30/22, #ShareYourDay Back To School

I am back, two Tuesdays in a row to take part in Colleen’s Syllabic poetry challenge!

#ShareYourDay

It’s the fifth Tuesday of the month! #ShareYourDay is a way to get to know each other better. Take a photo and write a syllabic poem about your day. Don’t think on it too hard. Make it fun. The photo does not need to be a selfie. If you don’t have access to a camera, find an image on Pixabay.com (please add the credits) that best describes your day.

Colleen Chesebro
The bag is back out
It can only mean one thing
Back to school today
Summer holidays sped by
Time to start another year

Ritu 2022

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 338 – The End Or The Beginning

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“What feels like the end, is often the beginning.”

Anon

Thanks, Spidey, for putting a positive spin on a time of the year that I sometimes find quite difficult.

It is the end. Yup, the end of the summer holidays. Meaning time to go back go school.

But, just because a lovely break and time of rest has come to an end, it doesnt mean that there is nothing left to look forward to.

We are at the start of a new academic year. Soon, there will be my small army of new recruits joining the school. Who knows what the year will bring?

Will we manage a full year, with no remote learning or lockdowns? I hope so. These children have had far too much disruption over the last 18 months.

I’m dreading the thought of Ofsted coming to visit, though, as they might, this year, because I will be a part of the leadership team, so far more accountable for the way the department is run. That’s not so say I think I’m doing a bad job. No, we have a wonderful team, and every one works well together for the good of the children.

But, still, it is nerve wracking.

So, I’ll put that to the back of my mind and just get excited with everything else that is happening, and being able to welcome a whole host of new learners to school!

So, what about you? Do you enjoy new beginnings?

namaste

Wishing you a wonderfully peaceful Sunday, Peeps!

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds

New kids in today – BRING IT ON!

Ritu 2019

Today, my new class finally start school officially. We have had the taster days, and the home visits are complete. I have met all the children bar one who has been away, and I do hope she is still coming!

There are some absolute beauts, and some beauts who are going to need a little more nudging, but it’s time!!!

For Linda’s #1LinerWeds Challenge!

The Onset of Inset Days #BackToSchool #TeachersLife

You know what time of year it is now, don’t you?

That end of holidays, getting-back-into-a-normal-routine time.

Rushing-around-finding-uniforms-and-stationery-supplies-time.

That having-to-get-up-early time.

Yes.

School is about to start up again for thousands across the country.

Responsible adults need to drag those affected from the addictions of late nights and lie-ins,  screen and social media that six weeks off has allowed, and bring them back to reality.

Yup.

Teachers – we are going back to work!

You see, it’s not just kids that have to gear themselves up for that September start.

Us educators need to brace ourselves for that new academic year start too!

You’d think after our epic long holiday, we’d all be full of energy, having had NO WORK for all that time…

Aside from the fact we’ve probably been working for in excess of fifty hours a week, during the academic year (and being paid for only 32.5 each week – standard – in our contracts, no such thing as claiming overtime as a teacher) and totally deserve a school-free break, it’s probably not been the case at all.

Teachers around the country will have spent a few days, at least, in their new year’s classrooms, clearing, rebacking boards, labelling, organising, moving furniture, writing up class lists for various things…

Then the rest of the time, we chill out and get drunk every day we firstly sleep off the exhaustion of the previous year (unless we have kids, in which case, good luck – Busman’s holiday, anyone?!) then try really hard to forget school for a little while, but any trips to the locality brings our profession back to mind, as we inevitably bump into several ex-pupils, current students or parents!

Or, everywhere we go, an educational opportunity arises, which means notes need to be taken, for future reference.

Yes, we will spend inordinate amounts of time on screens, but if you peek over our shoulders, we are likely to be on Pinterest, filling new boards with fantastic topic ideas or YouTube, finding great videos to share with our class!

Shopping trips will be peppered with impromptu visits to stationery shops, or bargain shops, where we find things that would just be wonderful in the classroom, and because we might not find them again, in pops teachers hand into own pocket, and suddenly there is an almighty hole in the bank account that we probably won’t be able to claim back… but it’s for the kids, so, you know…

We may have managed to squeeze a proper holiday into the time too, and emerged tanned and relaxed, or more exhausted than when the departed!

Still, all good things must come to an end, and all that, and here we are on the cusp of the new academic year.

Time to get ready for meeting our new classes, forging bonds with new members of staff, commiserating with those of us who are still there,  getting used to changes that will inevitaby be applied, because the government thinks things need doing differently… that sort of thing.

 

At least we have two Inset days.

Sometimes, Inset days are my favourite days.

Because we are at school – with NO KIDS! (Neither Pupil, nor Personal – you get my jig?)

Yes, it can be a day filled with pointless training (but equally, we can have inspiring speakers in who actually help!) but you also get time in your classrooms to organise, (yup, it needs redoing, because the cleaners will have been in, and though your room will be sparkly clean, the desks will have been moved around and nothing will be exactly as you left it. FACT!)

But no kids means you can get your teacher head back on, before the onslaught arrival of your new batch of prospective devils precious pupils.

Time to get familiar with the routines again, and get as up to date as you can with the endless paperwork, so that when the children arrive, you can actually teach them, rather than spend the time ticking boxes. (Though that will still play a huge part in your daily life as a teacher – some things never change…)

Then, on Monday, it’s back to work with a WHOOSH!

So, as you happily dress your little angels and pack them off on their first day back, thankful that you don’t have to deal with the daily meltdowns for all 24 of the hours, take pity on the teacher you are entrusting them to… teachers like me!

HAPPY BACK TO SCHOOL my fellow teachers!

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