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And Sam makes an appearance...

*sigh* why am I still here using LJ? But I'm off to work in a minute so you'll be free of me.
I might go buy myself a new bike. My new-new classroom is coming along nicely, and I took more pics yesterday. Everyone is getting excited about it and all the teachers want to discuss how it's going and what will happen and we trek over there to have a poke and pace around amidst the plaster dust, wires, wood and tools. I set up my new-old classroom yesterday, unpacking the books and Bibles and putting up my Unicef posters about the exploitation and suffering of children, to get my Social Justice girls off to a good start ;-) The room won't be too bad. I've cleaned it up and set out my desks in groups of four. I'm going to do a lot of groupwork teaching and collaborative learning this term. It gets hot in there though. I have to stand on a chair to open a window. I took a photo of that room as well, before I tidied it.
Finn had his first day at Hogwarts. The bell went at half past eight and I swear that by 8:33 the entire school had their heads down, working. My good friend is working there and her classroom looks like an educational dream come true. I hope she embraces that and makes the best of this job. It looks like an amazing school.
After school, we found his three best friends were all down at the beach with the kayaks so we drove over there and I let him have a couple of hours with them on the wharf, jumping off and generally just chatting amongst themselves. I sat in the sun and chatted to my friend who was supervising them. It felt good to just sit there in the warm late afternoon sun, the waves lapping gently, sifting our fingers through the sand. I taught her the names of some of the shells *g*
And one of the teachers gave me Q & A by Vikas Swarup to read. It's great! He thought it might be good for the Year 12 class. There are a few dodgy bits but these days I think teenagers have been exposed to a lot more than they were in my day, when Sister Stanislaus would only let us have 'The Thorn Birds' in the school library if she could rip three pages out of it first *snort*

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greenpizzazz6
Jan. 31st, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm glad you're still on lj! Even though I'm pretty much a failure at commenting...

The new classroom sounds nice. It'll be great to have a new place to work.
natesmountain
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
-I'm glad you're still on lj!
Thanks *g*
-Even though I'm pretty much a failure at commenting...
Yeah, you suck at commenting these days *g* nah, I still love you!!!
I hope things are going okay there.

And a new classroom, it's very exciting. Even my new 'old' one will be good. I hate routine, so I'm always happy for a change!
greenpizzazz6
Jan. 31st, 2008 03:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, you suck at commenting these days *g* nah, I still love you!!!
I do! I feel bad about it! I should do better! I'm glad you still love me though, and I love you too!
Things are going okay here. Busy as always!
natesmountain
Jan. 31st, 2008 10:27 am (UTC)
-do! I feel bad about it! I should do better!
Don't feel bad about it. Approximately 79% of my flist comments so infrequently they're barely visible. They read. They just don't say anything. *shrug* Another 17% of my flist comments just occasionally. So why do I keep writing? Because of the fact that they still read. And more importantly to me, I guess, I just like to write about my days.

And of course I still love you. You're very special. And I have Great Expectations of you down the line ;-)))
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 1st, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
Keep writing. It's good I think. And I do enjoy reading.
natesmountain
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad I have you readers out there. I feel less alone in this mission. And yeah, crowded as I am with people all around, I do feel quite alone out there.
greenpizzazz6
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:05 am (UTC)
I know how you feel. I spend most of my life completely surrounded by people, or at least with them not far away. It doesn't matter though, sometimes you still feel all alone.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 31st, 2008 08:43 am (UTC)
So how did Finn enjoy his first day?
natesmountain
Jan. 31st, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Finn liked his new school very much, thank you. He was a bit stunned, and over impressed with the organisation and busy day of activities, but his teacher is nice and overall, he was very happy. And the same went for today. He even won a sprint race! So, so far, so good!
dani257
Feb. 1st, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
He even won a sprint race!
Congratulations
natesmountain
Feb. 1st, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
*g* he got given his House badge, and rushed home to pretend it was for winning the race! His siblings saw through him though ;-)
margaret_r
Jan. 31st, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Finn's school does sound rather amazing, he's a very lucky boy to be able to go there. And your class room is coming on well! When will be able to move into it?

natesmountain
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:36 am (UTC)
His school is indeed amazing. The Prep School Principal stands out at the entrance each day as the boys leave, to shake hands with parents, see the boys and all that! it's expensive but I am determined not to complain LOL!

my new classroom - I am expected to move in 20th Feb... I'll be amazed if it really happens that soon!
moth2fic
Jan. 31st, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Feeling vicarious excitement for Finn and the classroom.

We could take books to boarding school, but even though our parents might have chosen them for us they could be censored and kept in the dark to be taken home again at the end of term - in case someone else's child saw them, I suppose! My parents let me read almost anything - though they advised against some books on the grounds that I hadn't perhaps the experience to appreciate them! School was a different matter!!
natesmountain
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
-even though our parents might have chosen them for us they could be censored and kept in the dark to be taken home again at the end of term
Gosh. That'd be annoying!

We seem to have read an awful lot more books at school than they do now. But some of them were horrifically awful for teenage girls, like Henry Fielding or Alexander Pope, double Shakespeare each year, all that kind of stuff. I'm impressed our school is considering Q & A!!
moth2fic
Feb. 1st, 2008 10:38 am (UTC)
We had the Brontes rammed down our throats because it was the school the younger girls (including Charlotte) went to. I'm not convinced Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre are suitable for impressionable youngsters. I loved the Shakespeare - apparently I used to carry Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare around with me as a small child and insist that visitors to the vicarage read at least one... I did a special study of Hardy for 'S' level (a kind of advanced A level that I think has disappeared) and Hardy is quite hard to take in the sex'n'violence area but of course he's a 'classic' so that's all right, isn't it?
natesmountain
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Hardy. Brontes. I'm not sure they even read those these days, I'll have to ask around. I didn't teach them 16 years ago. But I did teach Shakespeare. And I think they still do one a year now.

-apparently I used to carry Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare around with me as a small child and insist that visitors to the vicarage read at least one.
Wow, you were a bookish toddler even *g*
moth2fic
Feb. 1st, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yes! Of course there weren't as many children's books to choose from just after the war. My other favourite was Kipling's Just So Stories.
natesmountain
Feb. 2nd, 2008 10:45 am (UTC)
-My other favourite was Kipling's Just So Stories.
I have heard of those but not read them.

moth2fic
Feb. 2nd, 2008 11:01 am (UTC)
Still among my favourites for children - I read some to some 8 year-olds a few years ago and the magic of the writing was still there - they loved them!
helen_c
Jan. 31st, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
And one of the teachers gave me Q & A by Vikas Swarup to read.
Is it? Neat; it's in my to-be-read pile; couldn't resist buying it, as the French title is, "Les fabuleuses aventures d'un Indien malchanceux qui devint miliardaire." (Roughly translated, "The wonderful adventures of an unlucky Indian who became a billionaire.")
natesmountain
Feb. 1st, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
It is such a well-structured book, and it leads you along in a whirl of colour and Indian life and build up as the results of the quiz show are revealed question by question. I love the title in French!!! I've nearly finished it and I can't wait to see what the final two questions were, and what happens to the boy!
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