caz963: (winter trees arch)
A real life post! Blimey :)

Cut to maintain sanity of the f-list! )
caz963: (stupid hurts)

How many bloody times do I have to remind kids to put their fucking NAME on their fucking HOMEWORK??!

They're aged from 11-13 and so they shouldn't NEED reminding, but I do it anyway - and they STILL forget!

So now, I'm going to have to wait until I get back to school to finish logging the grades and all the other little pissy bits and pieces I have to do.
caz963: (batshit animal)
Five weeks and six days of freedom - which will probably feel like about ten days. I finished packing up my desk today; I'd already done most of it, so there wasn't much left, but I haven't been able to unpack much at the other end because I need some new storage units and shelving. I might see them this side of Christmas if I'm lucky. I spent most of yesterday morning taking down old displays and putting up new display backing - I'll have to do the actual displays when I go back in September.

I've got a few things planned for the break. I'm taking the kids to the Doctor Who Prom on Saturday, we've got a couple of weeks camping booked and both the girls' birthdays are in August, so there are parties to be had and cakes to bake. I want to try to see some friends if I can, catch up with some reading and some TV... it's like making New Year's Resolutions though, which I never do because I know I'll never stick to them!

I am going to TRY not to think about work too much. I'm going to have to do some but hopefully not too much, and not until the end of the holidays.
caz963: (so not married)
I spoke to a colleague about an hour ago who's at school, and she told me that although the place is open, there are quite a few staff who couldn't make it in. That's okay though, because only about half the kids are in. Somebody phoned the local radio station and told them the school was closed!
caz963: (Kermit coffee)
I'm not going into work today. I've been sitting at the laptop for the last hour and a bit writing cover lessons but they are at last done and emailed in and I can go back to bed. Well, I can, once I've managed to get through on the phone to let them know I'm not coming in. I've been trying to leave a message since before 6 - what is it with the bloody phone system?

Also - X is ill as well, so we're both off. Not surprising, I suppose, that we'd get the same germs!
caz963: (crikey!)
According to google, the weather for this area tomorrow is going to be sunny, and temperatures will reach 26 degrees. (That's 79 F for my leftpondian chums).

Well, that's not too bad - apart from the fact that even with the temperatures we've had so far, which haven't reached those dizzy heights (shut up - for the UK, it's a height, okay?) my classroom has been like an oven. I have all the windows open as far as possible (which isn't a lot; we're on the first floor, and while there are some kids, I'd gladly through out of the window, it's not all that desirable!) - but it's still horrible. The kids have been complaining for weeks, and so have I - but I have yet to see the fan(s) I've asked for. Even in winter, I had to turn the radiators off and open windows because it got overwarm in there!

So I'm not looking forward to next week because of that. And as well as the heat, there will be the delightful odour of unwashed-teenage-boy to contend with, together with the eau de god-knows-what-cheap-crap body spray they insist on spraying on themselves in the room despite repeated requests to refrain!
caz963: (Crayons)
Remember how, when we had a bit of bad weather here at the beginning of the year, I was saying how the kids at school were moaning because the school wasn't closed?

What are they moaning about now?

Yeah, you guessed it. They're moaning because the school isn't closed due to the Swine Flu.

*rolls eyes*
caz963: (sucky watch)
I had a bit of an odd day today. I was woken up sometime between 5 and 5.30 by a cat, desperate for attention, who was trying to push her head underneath my hand in the hope that I'd be encouraged to scratch her behind the ears. She wasn't impressed by the fact that I didn't have the energy at that time of day to move any muscles - and so kept reminding me of the fact that she was there by nibbling my hand every so often. After that, I gave up and got up - 6 o'clock on a Saturday - ick. But I suppose that because I have to be up at that time Mon-Fri, my body decided it should wake itself up, so I came downstairs, made some tea... and was too awake to go back to bed, so I stayed up and marked a load of French tests. I then went back to bed about 7.30 and managed to doze off to the sound of Mr Humphreys on Radio 4. I didn't wake up again until just before 10, and I feel as though I could have slept for another couple of hours.

I've been pottering about since really - caught up with 30 Rock, watched another episode of Life... read my news feeds - and now it's time to head back to bed. I've put some of the clocks forward, and I'll do the rest in the morning. I really hate this pissing about with the clocks twice a year. I don't care whether we're on GMT or BST, I just wish someone would pick one and bloody-well stick to it!

That said - it's time to dust this one off...

This clock should be in military time. )

So it's the end of term next week, and the end of my time at school A. I can't say I'll be sad to leave, although the reaction of some of the kids I teach has been surprising, to say the least! I'm sure they're only begging me to stay because I'm the devil they know.

But the end of term means it's time to start planning lessons for next term. At least now, I'll be taking the majority of the classes myself, so I won't have to write lesson plans for others. The upside of that was that it meant I had to have plans ready a week or two in advance; now it's "just me", I won't have to do that, although I have to admit, it's a nice feeling to be prepared well in advance. I used to have a system of writing each weeks' lessons the day I gave the previous one - I haven't been able to do that lately, but I might go back to it. What I need to do first though, is get a rough outline of the overall plans done so I can root out or make whatever resources I'm going to need. That's the sort of thing that takes hours and hours.

I suppose that if a needy moggy wakes me up early again tomorrow, I could make a start. It's that or the ironing...
caz963: (Default)
I've spent hours today writing two letters - my resignation from job A, and an application for job B. The resignation could just have been a simple two line thing, but that never feels right to me. And as for the application, well... it's bad enough writing them at the best of times, but applying for the job you're already doing? Not easy. It was a case of - "how far do I state the bleedin' obvious?" And it's all the more difficult because I'm not writing to a spec - this is a new position that the school has basically created because they want to keep me on, and because of the situation re. the other teacher and her uncertain state of health, I doubt they've actually been able to write a proper job description yet!

Still, I do at least have something on paper which I can adapt if need be - although to be honest, I think that as long as I've written something expressing my interest in the job, the school will be happy. I think they just want to get on with it.

So next week is the week I start it all moving. The deadline for resignations (to leave at the end of this term) is Friday anyway, so the plan is that I'll get into school B on Tuesday, get the official offer of the temporary contract for next term, give them my application, and then hand in my resignation at school A on Wednesday.

I'll let you know how it goes.
caz963: (good grief)
Gah - manic day. My HoD in MFL called me yesterday evening to say that she wouldn't be in today because she wasn't well - and I have to say, she sounded like crap, so I don't blame her. But that means that the entire MFL department for the day was - moi. Luckily, she'd jotted down some ideas for her lessons today, so I just had to write up the cover sheets and get a few things together, but it still takes time. And now that school starts that much earlier in the morning - first lesson used to be at 9.15 but now it's 8.45 - that leaves a lot less time to get ready. I had to get my own lessons ready as well, which was when I discovered that the material I was supposed to have been left for PSHE - hadn't been left for me. Great. And I didn't have time to chase anyone up about it. So I had to improvise a lesson about "Fair Trade."

Just before break the fire alarm went off. My coat was in the office, so I ended up standing out in the freezing cold in a muddy field with no coat for best part of twenty minutes. Apparently, it wasn't a drill, there had been something burning somewhere, but it wasn't serious. I'm sure the kids were delighted.

The good thing was that my PSHE lesson was truncated (thank God) but things like that seem to have a knock-on effect and the rest of the day seemed very disjointed.

But, I'm planning to have a night off tonight. Mr Caz and I have asked the Cazes senior to come and babysit so we can go to the pictures. This is assuming I can stay awake that long. We're going to see Valkyrie. I figure that the presence of Messers Branagh, Nighy and Wilkinson will be enough to distract me from Tom Cruise's eyepatch and poofy hair!
caz963: (Default)
The end of another... well, I was going to say long week, but to be honest, none of them seem that long, these days.

And it's two weeks until the end of term - thank God.

It's funny, but every teacher I've spoken to, either in person at school, or via various fora and blogs has said the same thing - that for the last week or so, the kids have been 'orrible. I can only attribute this to the fact that we're all tired. It's been a long term; staff will have done 15 weeks (of actual teaching) and the kids will have been in school for marginally less time, and we're all knackered.

This is always the case in the autumn term though - it's the longest term of the year and the one with the least holidays. Well, other than half-term, NO holidays.

But although it's December, and the kids - my own and those at school - are starting to talk about Christmas, it just hasn't sunk in that it's only about 3 weeks away now. I'm probably so focussed in just making it to the end of term in one piece that it's all passing me by. I haven't bought a single card or piece of wrapping paper. I've bought a couple of presents for the kids, but otherwise, Mr Caz is going to have to take care of it all. I'm just too tired.

But... when I do get around to getting cards, if you'd like to receive one, please drop me an email with your address (and your name!) and I'll do my best to oblige :)
caz963: (Po)
I had a pretty crappy day yesterday. I don't know why, but most of my classes were real PsITA, even the ones which are usually okay. Those are the days when I end up wondering whether I really know what the hell I'm doing in a classroom.

I was cheered up when I (finally) got home to find my DVD of Iron Man had arrived - but I only managed to watch an hour of it before I had to go to bed. Otherwise, I'd have fallen asleep on the sofa!

the rest )

I leave you with this -

caz963: (josh over paper)
Half term at last! I’m going to try to have a bit of a break this week, although I’m going to have to do some work at some point. We’re going away for a couple of days at the end of the week, so I’ll have to get to it sooner rather than later. I had a lazy day today though - I didn't get up until about ten, and then fell asleep on the sofa after lunch for about three hours! I hate doing that though, because I feel as though I've just wasted the day.

It’s the first time I’ve worked full-time since I trained – even though I’m still working at two schools, and one of my jobs isn’t permanent. At school #2 I’m basically setting up a department from scratch, which is good experience, I hope. Although given the paucity of teaching jobs in my subject in this area, I have no idea when the experience of being a de-facto head of department will come in useful. And the school I’m at still isn’t in a position to be able to offer me a permanent position. I can’t remember if I’ve explained this before, but I’m currently covering for someone on long-term sick-leave. If I’m still there at Easter (and the school has said they do want me to stay on after Christmas), then she’ll have been off for a year. I don’t know the regulations, but I guess they’re obliged to keep her job open, even though she hadn’t been at the school for more than a couple of days!

But I’m enjoying it, despite the uncertainty. Even though I’m only there three days a week, I feel as though I’m a valued part of the team, my input and suggestions are taken seriously – and it’s a hell of a confidence boost. It reminds me that I am good at this – I couldn’t have done it a few years ago, and probably even last year would have still been thinking I couldn’t do it, but it’s amazing what you can dredge up when you have to!

And in this week's news... )

Rant over for now. I'm just waiting to see what enormities of stupidity the next week brings.
caz963: (good grief)
So this week, I found out that not only do I have to teach kids how to read music and remind them to learn their French vocabulary - I'm supposed to be on Terrorist Watch as well.

Tinker, tailor, TEACHER, spy... )

And as if that weren't enough, the weeks' second initiative is that, in addition to being judged on exam performance and test results, schools will now be scrutinized to see how well they "promote pupils' well-being."

Rant II - Attack of the Morons )
We are so completely screwed.
caz963: (Joshkisses)
I crashed out ridiculously early yesterday evening; the kids put a DVD on to watch (Friday is "movie night") and I think I'd more or less passed out by about 7! Mr Caz woke me up at about 10 and I headed off to bed - but sod's law; I had a really crappy nights' sleep because I kept waking up with backache. So I've been pretty tired all day, really and am going to wimp out very soon.

School update )
Where I bin today... )


Feb. 26th, 2008 06:19 pm
caz963: (Da men)
In front of a class of seven and eight year olds this afternoon, I had to tell off three boys for being silly.

I started to call out - "Sam! Josh! Toby! - " and that was as far as I got before I had to turn around and force myself to stop laughing.

Just as well Amy wasn't in that group ...
caz963: (manahmanah)
Fortune smiled upon me today.

NO YEAR 9'S!!!

Oh well. Celebration over. Back to work...
caz963: (Danny dances by coloneljack)
I had a great time helping [ profile] hooloovoo_42 out at her blogathon entry this year. I at least managed to get about 4 hours sleep overnight, which was more than she or [ profile] teresadivicenzo got, but I still needed a nap this afternoon!

Last I heard, she'd been sponsored to the tune of over $400 - so thanks to all of you who pledged and dropped by [ profile] 24hrs_of_sorkin to join in the competitions and discussions and stuff. The money she's raised is going to Tipitina's Foundation, and if you want more info on who they are and what they're doing, it's all in the links at the comm. And if you didn't get to stop by, but would like to donate, there's a link there you can use, or you can just go to their website at

Part of my contribution to the proceedings was a number of picspams - of Brad, Matt, Josh & Donna and the guys and girls all dressed up in tuxes and posh frocks - and I was thinking that, once I've regained something approaching normal consciousness, I'll dig them out and re-post them here so you can all enjoy the pretty if you didn't get to see them yesterday.

other stuff... )


Jun. 21st, 2007 06:14 pm
caz963: (Josh smirk)
So this morning, I'm standing in front of one my lovely classes, as I do, and they're okay - not the best behaved bunch, but okay... and there are a boy and girl at the back who are getting a bit slappy.

I yell at them "Josh! Amy! Stop ... " - brain does double take when I realise what I've said - "... that and get on with your work!"

Seriously, I nearly tripped over my tongue and had to stop myself from laughing!


May. 9th, 2007 05:47 pm
caz963: (Josh undone tie)
The year 9s are doing their SATs this week! So I had a nice surprise this afternoon, when the knuckle-dragging trolls I usually have last period on a Wednesday were conspicuous by their absence!

Which means I might not have any year 9s tomorrow - yay!

I shall post smut later by way of celebration :)


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