Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Write it down and then get on with it.

It's one of those rare moments that I am not actually sitting in the car, driving someone somewhere. I thought the Mum's Taxi part of child-rearing would start a little later, but it seems to have arrived already.

Saturday was swimming lessons, followed by a visit from some old friends, John and Ann. We haven't managed to touch base for a year or two, so it was good to catch up. They stopped by on their way between Somerset and their home near Wakefield (oop north).

They didn't get the best of my company (sorry guys). I was dog tired following an interview on the Friday. It was for a school nearby and I didn't get the job (again). This time I know I gave a stonkingly good interview and lesson but there was an internal candidate. I have never yet been to in interview where the internal candidate didn't get the job. The same was true on Friday. No-one else stood a chance. I was really p*ssed off; not because I didn't get the job, but because I'd had my day wasted. It was my day off too.

Anyway, I've gotten over it. Sunday was swimming lessons again, followed by Mel's cub-scout parade in honour of St George's Day. St George, being the patron saint of England is well celebrated, especially by the Scouting movement. We spotted some of Donny's friends in the parade too, so decided it was time Donny started Brownies. Brownies is on a Monday night, cubs on a Tuesday. I am that Taxi service.

Monday I had a speaker in to the school where I work. He came from Warwick University and was much more used to talking to PhD students than 12 year olds. Consequently the science went a bit over their heads and some of the kids were not all that well behaved, which was kind of embarrassing for me, because we had invited other schools along as guests. Notably the invited schools were much better behaved. It's just our school that has ignorant kids in it. Ho humm.

One thing I will take away from the talk (as I was listening, even if the kids weren't) was the speaker said: Write down all the things you want to do, and all the things you don't want to do. Then set out and do them.

It's true. It really can be that simple! I'm going to do it. There's so many things I want to achieve and none of them are in teaching.

Today was the opposite of busy. The Y10s are out on work experience and I usually teach 5 lessons of Y10 on Tuesdays. This means I had a whole day filled with whatever I fancied. I managed to fill it, no problem, and I have achieved a range of stuff I would otherwise not have managed to do.

Now, I'm off to take Mel to cubs. Mum's Taxi again...

1 comment:

  1. I know just what you are talking about!! Feels like I am always in the car...especially since it takes anywhere between 30 mins - 2 hours to get anywhere out here in the middle of no where!


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