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Tihei Mauriora!

Interesting day. We started with a powhiri (a Maori welcome with calling and chanting for our new students and staff) which is always moving and powerful. Then after lunch I taught my first team-teaching class with our brand new Year 9s. We have combined English, Social Studies and Religious Education into an integrated programme and I have the most hours in there! OMG! There are five teachers on board. It's very scary, a whole new concept in teaching for us, and I have to work with someone twice a week who has a completely different style to mine. I did most of the talking today, and one very autistic newbie didn't spin out so I am feeling good about that. She lit the candle for me for prayers and seemed okay... one day at a time, I guess. I know it won't always be that easy.

Our marauding kitten who prowls the entire neighbourhood by night had an accident today. I suspect he got a nasty poke in the eye, perhaps from a stick or some wire or something, and the children phoned me after school to say come home. He was shaking and shuddering so I took him to the vet. They gave him some powerful painkillers and I just popped in to see him but he's still shaking in an odd way, I think from pain, so I have left him there overnight. Poor wee Hunter. He was yowling when I left. I hope he recovers. He looked good apart from the head tremors. We really love him very much now so we'll have to wait and see. He's pretty tough though.

We just had a bbq for dinner. It's very hot here tonight even though it has clouded over. And now I have to DO SOME SCHOOLWORK OMG! There are just so many things to do if I really want to do a brilliant job this year... see you later, alligator.


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Feb. 4th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
Love to Hunter - is the damage visible or is it all just shock and bruising? What does the vet think?

I did quite a lot of team teeaching when I was doing multicultural/antiracist 'support' work. It can be good to have two different styles in the same classroom - it gives more opportunites to students with different learning styles - and having a colleague to sort of bounce things off is helpful, too. I would say I enjoyed it 90% of the time but of course there will be those 10% occasions when it drives you insane/to the lighthouse!
Feb. 4th, 2010 10:57 am (UTC)
I am hoping Hunter is just hurting when he moves his eye, so that's the problem. I bet it'll be expensive too... argh!

Team teaching will be challenging, three of us are heads of our department, two others run their own tiny departments alone, so we're not used to sharing so much. I did share a lot when I was an ESOL teacher though, to fit in with the class teachers, so I guess I'll just get back into that. It should be fun. And there's always the lighthouse to fall back on, huh. Thanks for reminding me *g*

Here's one from last year
Feb. 4th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
Looks like a good lighthouse... thanks! I might make a lighthouse icon from that or look for another.
Feb. 5th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Oh I have other pics of that lighthouse. It's the one at the tip of the North Island of NZ, where Maori people believe the spirit leaves to fly to Hawaiiki after someone has died. Magical place. You see the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meeting.
Feb. 5th, 2010 02:10 am (UTC)
The Maori ceremonies are always something special and it's certainly a wonderful way to start off your school year. Hope Hunter is okay, it's always stressful when a pet is hurt and you're not sure how badly.
Feb. 5th, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Thanks. $150 later and we are trying to keep the kitty indoors for 48 hours! He seems reasonable now but very spaced out and confused! I guess it's the effect of the pain killers!!
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