Posts Tagged ‘workday

06
Oct
10

#279 how to cheer teachers up!

279/365 how to cheer teachers up!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Everybody at school is tired and stressed out after the exam week, as the piles of marking don’t seem to get any lower on anybody’s desk.

To cheer us all up, a colleague brought these bright orange physalis branches from her garden, and some deliciously sticky toffees, too. This instantly brought a smile on everybody’s face when they returned to the staff room after their lesson. The simple pleasures of life, eh?

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14
Jan
10

#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.




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