Friday, 10 February 2012

Half term

It's finally here. That sweet moment when the holidays arrive. Part of the reason that we started to be teachers in the first place. That promise of a week off here, a couple of weeks off there. Sweet joy.

Well it is indeed sweet but generally I arrive at this point like a broken man. A bedraggled lost soul returning from war. Today is no different, although I ended the term on a high note. I had a brilliant final lesson with a lovely year seven class and got lots of loose ends tied up.

This half term doesn't promise much in the way of a holiday mind. I have a stack of books home to mark which I estimate will take 30 hours if I go at them in a professional manner. It's basically a working week but at least I can get some sleep and non contact time always recharges the batteries.

The last few weeks has been intense. Trying to drag year 10's and 11's towards project their hair sometimes. Things have been going well though. Constant calls for them to come to after school sessions to work on their coursework finally filtered in and for the past two weeks and every afternoon after registration, before I could even have a cup of tea, my room would be packed with them all sawing and hammering and constantly asking for shit. Be careful for what you wish for. My working day now starts at 6:30 and ends 12 hours later.

The stuff they write down on their coursework is a damn disgrace though. Total gibberish on the whole. Shocking and painful and worrying and laughably hilarious all at the same time.

Myself and my colleague did end the day creasing ourselves at a drawing from one of our year 11 students. The sort of the insane giggles you get when you are sleep deprived and on the edge.

The piece is a classic image from a bygone era. An era I remember well. A simpler time.

A time when peoples heads were perfectly round and could be drawn with a pair of compasses.


Dan said...

pretty sure 'gibberish' is spelled with a'g' sir.

Kotdb said...

Well done Dan. You spotted the deliberate mistake. Go to to the top of the class.

For your extension task you must search out and point out all of the deliberate punctuation errors which I have scattered liberally throughout this entire blog.