One Liner Wednesday #1LinerWeds – Silence

“For once, I’ve nothing to say.”


For Linda’s One Liner Wednesday challenge

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Growing Up

Savour each and every moment – they grow up far too soon. Hold their hand as long as they let you, kiss them goodnight, cherish every cuddle – for soon they think they are too old for all that…

Ritu 2019

It was Lil Princess’s Year 6 Leavers Prom last night… and tomorrow is her last day at Primary school.

The end of an era for her, and for me as a parent at our school.

I can’t quite believe how fast time has flown.

For Linda’s #1linerweds challenge.

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Feedback

” [Class teacher] has a wonderful aura around her that makes the classroom environment inviting, entertaining and leaves the children wanting to learn…”

My Observer – 2019

Okay, so it won’t quite be a one liner today, just a few more to explain the quote above.

Yesterday I had my formal lesson observation.

For all you non teachers, this is a time where you are watched to make sure you are doing the right thing, all the way through your teaching career.

At each stage the expectations rise higher and higher…

The last two years have seen my observation be a total shambles. I have been stressed out like you wouldn’t believe!

The first one last year was scheduled at a tough time for me, after a lunchtime sale with my School Council, in a class I hadn’t worked with that week yet… not my choice. It was just how the cookie crumbled.

And it was awful. Even after huge amounts of planning, nothing went right as I felt so stressed out. It was no fun. And the results were so awful that my Team Leader said she knew what I was like usually, so she discounted it and said we could reschedule at a later date.


Then the rescheduled one never got organised so I requested that the Head just come and observe me instead, which was duly arranged.

Except, after planning, I managed to fall in the classroom and had that suspected fractured elbow.

But even if that hadn’t have happened, I would have been stuck, as the snow fell hard at that time, and school would have been closed anyway!

Third time lucky and finally the observation happened, with lovely, positive feedback.


This year, I think we may be due three separate observations.

The first which should have been before Christmas ended up being delayed, again, because of staffing shortages.

So my last one ended up in January.

You don’t understand quite how much extra planning goes into these observation sessions.

For a start, I have to fill out a two-page plan for that 30 minute session… and that takes ages… alongside making sure everything is there for the children and adults in the room, it’s no wonder we teachers get stressed!

So this morning, with trepidation, I came into school, butterflies in my tummy and a nervous disposition at my disposal. You see, I had a new Teaching Assistant who had only started on Monday, and my other one had been off sick on Monday. Would this observation happen?

It did, and at the right time, thank goodness!

My staff were all in, the Parent helper who volunteers was amazing, and the kids were really on task for the most part.

Sure, there were a few points to pick up on, which I agreed with (the issue being not being in a class of my own, so having to really fit in with what needs doing in the class), there was that lovely comment above.

And it made my day!

I slept like a happy baby last night!


For Linda’s #1LinerWeds challenge.

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds

“I’ll be back.”

The Terminator & Ritu

It’s the last One-Liner of the year so I thought I’d join in, one last time, but not last for good if you know what I mean?

As of the new year, I am bowing out of my daily challenges, so I can actually get my rewrite and editing done on those blessed WIP of mine. I’ll still be around, you know me, I can’t stay away. Spidey and Chai will definitely be happening, it’s just the other stuff.. for a while at least…

2019 will be the year.

I hope…!

No, I don’t hope, I will make something happen. By the end of the year, there will be a book available, with my name as the author… whether it is by indie means or other… it will be there, and with any luck, another will be well on the way too!

Now, I just need your writerly vibes to help me along!


For Linda’s #1LinerWeds challenge.

One Liner Wednesday – #1LinerWeds – Street

“You don’t know anything now mum: nowadays in the streets, its ‘shank or be shanked’.”

Lil Man

A worrying phrase coming from a thirteen year old ‘innocent’…

We were discussing an old mate of his who has become a nasty piece of work, and Lil Man mentioned that he was moving to his school… Me – not a happy bunny.

I was trying to get him to understand how he needs to choose his friends wisely or there are characters who will lead him astray.

The conversation was very teen angsty on his behalf, and there was no middle ground or attempting to understand that he just needs to learn to walk away…


I got the above ‘quote’ flung at me.

Shank, for those you who may not know, is to be stabbed with a makeshift knife.

Scaring the living daylights out of me…


For Linda’s #1LinerWeds.

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