#14 a calming cuppa

014/365 a calming cuppa, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

There is nothing like a nice cup of Rooibos tea in the evening after a long and trying workday. Tea is a universal remedy.

My school day was spent, not only doing my regular lessons, but also sorting out some huge drama that had developed between one of our Spanish student guests and his hosts. I think it was a case of culture shock regressing the poor boy into rather childhish and immature behaviour. All in all, yet another valuable learning experience about student exchanges and what to take into account.

In the evening, we had the annual marketing day at school, trying to promote our school to prospective future students and their parents. There is a lot of competition between senior high schools in our area about attracting good students. But it’s not easy for teachers to suddenly turn into PR professionals. The arrangements also proved how practically impossible it is for the individual subject teachers at my school to plan and work together as a team. Inside the classroom, teachers work in isolation and alone, which leads to quite rigid comfort zones.

2 Responses to “#14 a calming cuppa”

  1. January 15, 2010 at 14:49

    Sounds like you had a heavy day. Funny how a simple thing like a cup of tea can make you feel better. I agree with you about the isolation of the classroom teacher. Wouldn’t it be good if collaborative habits were learned early? Hope you have a restful weekend.

  2. 2 sinikka
    January 15, 2010 at 17:25

    Thank you Tania. Finally it’s Friday and I have two luxurious days to recharge and rest! And some time to read other people’s blogs and comment, yours included!
    Have a nice weekend, you too.

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