Friday, 25 April 2008


Todays' fix it Friday is going to start with a plea. I've just read about this on Sugarpants. The idea that a group of children will stand around watching a group of boys beat another boy into unconsciousness makes me feel sick.
How can their parents not feel shame and disgust, I feel almost more horrified at the ones who stood watching and filming it instead of helping than at the boys who did it.
Bullying makes me sick, it shouldn't happen and yet it does. the comment I made to Karen was in response to another reader saying that the parents are the ones who enable this, and they're often bullied themselves.
I totally get this, I feel bullied by some of my parents. there are some pupils in my top set for whom I dread marking their work. I know that anything less than perfect marks will result in a message from the parents wanting to know why their little darling has not achieved perfection, and practically demanding I change it. I hate that sick nervous feeling, and wish that parents would trust my professional judgement, and accept that sometimes their little darling does not work hard enough.

Anyway, please promise me that if you have children you do not automatically take the word of your child against a teacher, we put our heart and soul in to this job, however sometimes when it's the 60th test we've marked that night after a full day at work we make mistakes. We're human, and for that you need sometimes to cut us some slack.

On a poor positive note I am pleased to report that this blog is graded at being a a high school reading level.
blog readability test

TV Reviews

Possibly due to the fact I don't end sentences as often as I should and am far too fond of the coma!

And now for today's fix-it-friday-
I'm going to share some games today. I'm sure everyone on the planet has played Yeti sports, but if not then you can find it here. There is something highly satisfying about getting a polar bear to fling a penguin as far as you can. If you want intellectual stimulation I also love these on-line riddle escaping from a room games that you can find here.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

On strike

As you might have heard alot of teachers are striking on Thursday. Unfortunately I will not be one of them, as a student teacher I am not technically employed so can't withdraw my labour..... however school is officially shut on Thursday, but teachers who are not striking need to come in. This includes me.... and I have no work to do, marking 1 set of books is not going to fill the day. Looks like I could be getting lots of knitting down. If I was home I would have loads to do, I've got a pile of Guiding paperwork, and loads of stuff for which I need internet access, I could even go on a resource hunt. However as I don't I am going to be very bored.
The Rainbow overnight was a huge success, I can't put pictures up on here, but the photo of my Rainbows holding a lamb was so cute. We had a wonderful time, with not too late a night, and not too early a morning, though eating breakfast at 7.30am on a Sunday did feel a little odd.
On the job side of things there are 3 jobs in Sheffield that I am applying for, this is after a big drought of jobs in Sheffield, there is one at my first placement school that I would love to get...
Right time to get organised for Rainbows tonight, and then I'm going to chat to someone about the food on the upcoming camping weekend. Catering for 50 people for 3 days is going to be interesting!