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Too Shocking To Think About.

By James, our supply teacher from London

Editor’s Note. This blog was originally published in December 2012, just after the mass shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School where 26 innocent people died, including 6 members of staff


Welcome to my last offering of 2012.

I’d planned a very different blog to the one eventually submitted.

I’d written about my angst over having to take part in performance management observations despite being a lowly supply teacher, I’d also written about the countdown to the holidays and how the last week was sure to be one infested with dvd viewing, staff (me) stoically trying to convince anyone prepared to listen that it was entirely justifiable showing Year 8 The Island, or Jurassic Park after having read the book Unique (they all feature cloning, to varying degrees) in class. I was going to recount the interesting events of our staff Christmas party and our department meal (you’ve got to love drunken teachers!). Continue reading »

Which Peer Group Do I Belong To Now?

By James, our supply teacher from London

I left you last week somewhat perilously positioned on the edge of a suggestion that during the weekend just passed I may find love. Well, you can drag yourselves back from that particular precipice as I most certainly did not find love. I did though find ridiculously heavy rain, social awkwardness and the most offensive cab driver in the world, but more on him later. As planned, some of the staff met up in Hammersmith on Saturday evening to celebrate one of our members turning thirty. Although the inclement weather had clearly affected the turnout, there were still enough in attendance to ensure I wasn’t bored. It was nice, if a little odd initially, to see these people in a different context, all glammed up, drinking, letting their guard down. I did wonder a few times what the kids at school would make of Ms Bower dry humping a pole, wine glass in one hand, random man in the other. But who I really want to talk about is that group from the staff who had evidently never been anywhere like this before. They were clearly there out of obligation rather than any sense of belonging to the scene. And by scene I mean just being in a trendy bar of any description. They looked like the proverbial fish out of water and provided me with great entertainment. Continue reading »

How Long Until The Christmas Holidays?!?

By Nina, our supply teacher from Plymouth

“How long is it til…?”

Yes. You’ve guessed right. The kids are talking Christmas already. Never mind the fact that you are still enjoying looking at the Halloween artwork and the Guy Fawkes’ Night poetry on your displays which now starts to look so passé. Christmas? Surely not yet? Eeek! Your heart lurches as you wonder how exactly your personal life will cope with being even busier for a few weeks – no one can escape all the extra invites that come at this time of year. If you are splashing out this Christmas then you are left with a small sense of panic as you wonder how on Earth you are going to fit in the food shopping, present wrapping and finding something suitable for your nearest and dearest. That is before I start to worry about how best to cook the Christmas turkey; will it be Delia Smith’s recipe this year or Jamie Oliver’s? Continue reading »