two more weeks

I’m nearly there, but am at the point where I just want it to end.

My interim report was better than I thought (based on the odd feedback I was getting – no positive, just Stuff To Work On).  Quiet good really, all things considered (like trying to interpret man-speak for so many things).  Apparently I’m not providing interesting enough experiences … but every time I try something, it gets boy-ified (and I’m teaching at a girl’s school) by the teacher.

I try to demonstrate concepts using objects the girls have seen before and have some idea about ….

Like showing how a ball rolling down a slope will accelerate due to the force of gravity which was bastardised to involve toy cars and ticker-timers (WTF are they you say?  so did most of the girls which meant that they kinda missed the concept of acceleration).

Like – Kinetic energy to sound energy – I had a lovely little music box where you turn the key, see the spring tighten inside, then unwind and turn the little drum with raised lumps which brush against the tines and then hear a little tune (look in a music box and you’ll see what I mean).  Noooo much easier to demonstrate a transformation to sound energy using a radio That You Can’t See The Workings Of.  Apparently.


Other teachers at the school have been great.  I got to do a day of supply teaching (unpaid and being observed by the paid supply teachers / other teachers from within the school) and got loads of great feedback.  At least this gave me the confidence that I *am* “getting it…. which to be fair, was fairly clear on my report but after 3 weeks of “your board writing skills need to be clearer / neater/ faster/ more / less” and “no students may ever make any noise whatsoever when you are teaching. It’s OK for them to do this when I am teaching though as I do not observe this”.  Ok, he didn’t say that last bit but it’s true …

and Dad has been pretty crook.  Not sure why, but he can’t seem to get his legs working properly.  He’s having another MRI for his acoustic neuroma on Wednesday and they’ll check to see if he’s had a small stroke at the same time.  BUT given that if hes well rested, he can walk OK, to me it seems to variable to be a stroke.  I suspect he may have some sort of lingering effects from the pneumonia in June.

well, its been another barrel of laughs from me, but I’m feeling OK really, despite the tone of this post.

I mean less than 3 weeks to go now and I’ll be DONE.  I just need to get through the next few weeks…..


7 thoughts on “two more weeks

  1. leechbabe says:

    Hope the next 3 weeks go as smoothly as possible.

    Lots of prayers for your Dad.

  2. Liz says:

    Sounds like it’s chugging along. Sorry to hear about your dad. It’s a worry when they get older. Hope he’s feeling better soon.

    I remember I had a control freak teacher when I was in 3rd year. She wanted me to just do what she had already planned so it was very awkward as I had a different teaching style completely. I was in my late 20s so wasn’t a young 1st year. The only time she let me plan and give a lesson was about human body parts (science?). I made these cool lifesize drawings and cutouts of the different parts we’d discuss and she kept telling me “Oh they won’t sit still to look and discuss. You need to have question sheets for them to follow or they will get distracted”. She then had to watch as I went for nearly 50 mins with every child totally enthralled and we got a lot of great on-topic discussion. One of my most enjoyable classes. I remember I also had a bitch supervisor who I had to make a complaint about because she never really saw me teach and gave me very ordinary feedback based on what my teacher was making me do.

  3. rhubarb says:

    Yeah, I had a strange prac with an odd one too. I remember someone telling me – now you will remember what NOT to do with a student teacher.

    You can come and teach with me anytime 🙂

  4. MissyBoo says:

    You could start counting down the sleeps until it’s over. It sounds like you’re doing great even if you are completely over the prac! Not long to go now 🙂

    Hope your dad is okay too and there is nothing sinister going on.

  5. Yeah, I reckon I can sympathise with you having an agonising two week wait! I hope your results are better than mine (I’m sure they will be).

    Your poor Dad, hope the MRI doesn’t throw up anything nasty.

  6. Chookie says:

    Best wishes for your Dad. I have yet to hear whether my Mum had a TIA last week or not (results not in yet). I suspect it’s a yes; she has been smoking for 55 years.

    So little time to go until you finish!! Try not to demonstrate any kinetic (or other) energy on the science teacher between now and then…

  7. Kelley says:

    oh sweetie. Hoping for some stress free time for you.

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