knitting and the life I almost have around it

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Day One

Firstly: Yes, I am alive.

I think (touch wood) that it's going to be ok. My mentor is really nice (so far) and the staff have a really good vibe going on... noone seems to hate each other and in fact... i think they LIKE each other. and they seem to like me which has me knocked down i can tell you!
and i know what texts i'll be teaching next term. Othello with the (gorgeous and talented) advanced year 10s, Romeo and Juliet with the advanced year 8s, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime with the other year 8s and Goodnight Mr Tom with the modified year 7s. two of the classes are fairly challenging in terms of behaviour management... but i think i'll cope.

I'm feeling pretty confident about it all right now... But last night was a different story... as the stress knitting may indicate..yes. that would be the body finished, the shoulders seamed and the start of the hood.

keeping you posted
Ms Spider

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  • At April 10, 2007 10:13 pm, Blogger Jejune said…

    Slow down on the sleeves, girl! :D
    Hmmm, maybe you need to knit a house cosy or something?

    So glad that today went well, and you're still alive, and you're around NICE people, and the classes are bearable / promising. And it's absolutely no surprise that they like you. K! Silly girl! (((hugs)))

  • At April 10, 2007 10:21 pm, Anonymous 2paw said…

    What fantastic texts you get to teach!! I love The Curious Incident, and any and ALL Shakespeare. There is a really good modern film of Othello with Christopher Eccleston as Iago. Have a great prac!! Get a lot of sleep!!

  • At April 10, 2007 10:26 pm, Blogger Taphophile said…

    Wahoo! on all fronts.


  • At April 11, 2007 7:28 am, Blogger kms said…

    its because of the turbos isnt it? that is really nice work, as usual. and how fantastic to be teaching such great pieces of literature - they are lucky to have you :)

  • At April 11, 2007 8:43 am, Blogger Bells said…

    Can I come be in your class? I miss studying lit. I'm sure you rock Spidey. I'm certain of it.

  • At April 11, 2007 8:54 am, Blogger SoulCradler said…

    Huzzah! I knew you'd be fine. It makes such a difference to work in an environment where people actually get along!

    The texts sound great: Othello was my year 12 Shakespeare, which surprisingly I still have good memories of.

    R&J is always fun, especially if you can use the Luhrmann film, as this makes them think it's 'cool'.

    Curious Incident I actually have some good resources on, and can email them to you if you like (it's a year 12 text in Vic, and I have taught it at Yr10/11) - let me know. The stuff is mostly for a year 10/11 level, and based around writing a text response, but identifies some of the main themes/questions arising.

    Curious Incident is, incidentally, my third favourite book of all time (And the phrase 'third favourite' probably tells you a lot about me).

    In terms of challenging classes (behaviour management wise), focus on the environment and the relationships more than the texts if you have to. My advice would be don't get too tied up in plodding through the text despite the behaviour, just stop, breathe, and do something different. Have some co-operative games or class reading activities up your sleeve.

    Now, I am off to knit, rather than preparing for next term...

    By the way, how long is your placement?

  • At April 11, 2007 9:32 am, Blogger Georgie said…

    I'm so glad your first day was such a positive experience - as bells said, I'm certain you will be fantastic. Great texts (always loved R&J), should be lots of fun.

    go spidey go!

  • At April 12, 2007 6:49 am, Blogger Jude said…

    I'm feeling a bit nostalgic for the days when I could study literature. You'll do great and yay for having lovely students!

    I wish I had your attention span - perhaps those socks of mine wouldn't have taken 12 months otherwise!

    Can't wait to see the finished hoodie.

  • At April 14, 2007 1:32 am, Blogger AR said…

    You're just too quick. Looks great, though.


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