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May. 16th, 2007

Sorry I haven't posted. I think you'd be disappointed if I said how I'm feeling this week! But my classes are going really well. The Admin side of things is harder, and no one is talking to me yet about how long I have to stay. I do love the teaching though. It's truly great. The Year 11 girls are enjoying watching Martin Luther, the movie. My Year 13s are liking Sects and Cults - we did the Heaven's Gate cult the other day, and yesterday we re-enacted a Dr Phil show and talked to two seventeen year old ex-fundamentalist Mormon cult members, using a script summary. That was really interesting! My junior classes are exceptionally easy to teach, and the rest of the classes are falling into my patterns now, as opposed to the last teacher, which is nice. There are some other things happening that make it really hard but I'll get past those, mostly about Mission Day, Friday week. It's hard for me, a newbie, to organise a whole school into community activities *snort*

And LJ feels like a minefield to me this week. I am very depressed about that. Otherwise, things are fine but terribly busy, with no time to just think at all. Even drives in the car are rushed just now. I have to get the boys off to school then rush to staff meeting. Rush home to see the boys. Rush to parents' night last night. Rush to the doctor. Rush to the supermarket. I don't think it's healthy. I'll have to find a better way. And soon.

Hope you're all well. I read a big article about ME in the paper this morning. Interesting, because I always relate it to mirabehn and how she is doing. I also watched David Bain get out of prison today (on the news) and honestly, he looks like he wouldn't hurt a fly. I agree with Peter whatshisname, Williams?, the QC, a trial would be a manifestly gross misuse of public funds. Let him be now.

And now I'm off to bed. c u on my mountain.

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suilven
May. 16th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
Your classes sound interesting and fun to be part of. Seems very strange though to ask a new person to do a big thing like you are doing. The question I would ask is why on earth haven't they got a volunteer from within? What's that about, huh? Something sounds dodgy. :)

natesmountain
May. 16th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
-Your classes sound interesting and fun to be part of.
Hee! They are, mostly! I have my boring times too, I guess, but not too many in this subject.

-The question I would ask is why on earth haven't they got a volunteer from within? What's that about, huh? Something sounds dodgy. :)
Very dodgy. I suspect tension had been brewing for some time between my predecessor, her department and the administration, hence her moving on. It sounds like she was doing a pretty good job too.
Unfortunately Mission Day is a religiously motivated activity, so we get the brunt of the preparation, and there isn't anyone else soley devoted to my department, only me. No one else has more than two religion classes. I have seven! But yeah, it's not fair really. I could leave tomorrow and then where would they be?!! Heh!
suilven
May. 16th, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
I could leave tomorrow and then where would they be?
Up the proverbial Kyber Pass without a paddle?.
natesmountain
May. 17th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
Heh, that's what my friend says (she works there part time). She's hinted to them that I might not stay if they don't do something about the load. Watch this space *g*
greenpizzazz6
May. 16th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hope everything is going well. I sense some veiled unhappiness..

Teaching sounds good. Sounds like the girls are really taking a shine to you, and I think you are to them too. And I still can't stop raving about how interesting the classes sound! I agree with Suiliven though, it seems a little odd that you're in charge of this school wide activity. Is that something that comes with the job.

When LJ feels like a minefield, stay away! It's better to miss out on a couple things than have an upsetting experience. We'll understand!

Try to stop rushing once in a while. Find a little time for yourself.

Hope you got some sleep, and the next day went well!
natesmountain
May. 16th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC)
-I sense some veiled unhappiness..
Very perceptive you are. I felt totally miserable, but as usual, things look a little brighter in the morning! I will just have to cope somehow.

-I agree with Suiliven though, it seems a little odd that you're in charge of this school wide activity. Is that something that comes with the job.
Yeah, this activity comes with the job! I do get paid to be the Head of Dept, but it's not like I was ready for it LOL!

-When LJ feels like a minefield, stay away! It's better to miss out on a couple things than have an upsetting experience. We'll understand
Thanks. I guess it's - well, maybe I'd better just keep my distance *snort*

-Try to stop rushing once in a while. Find a little time for yourself.
I'll try... don't know how! OMG! Maybe Saturday late morning? Sunday afternoon might be better LOL! Or crash out Friday night! I like the sound of that already!
greenpizzazz6
May. 17th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
I felt totally miserable, but as usual, things look a little brighter in the morning! I will just have to cope somehow
I hope you feel better. It's almost the weekend at least! And we're always here if you want to let it out!!
but it's not like I was ready for it
Yeah, that's a lot of work!!

well, maybe I'd better just keep my distance
Yeah, it's sometimes better that way.

I'll try... don't know how! OMG! Maybe Saturday late morning? Sunday afternoon might be better LOL! Or crash out Friday night! I like the sound of that already!
Maybe all three!!!
natesmountain
May. 17th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
- And we're always here if you want to let it out!!
I know, and thank you. I just thought, if I had a bad day, you'd be disappointed. But I guess there will always be good and bad days. And I'm very much aware these days that PMT has a lot to do with it *blush* it's like a dark cloud for a couple of days. Now I can actually feel it has passed again.
greenpizzazz6
May. 17th, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
We'd never be disappointed! Like you said, we all have our good and bad days.
I'm glad the dark cloud has passed.
greenpizzazz6
May. 16th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC)
And hey, did your lj change colors, or is it just me? Because I like it...and I'm not sure if I never noticed it before or what.

Yeah, I'm gonna go now..
natesmountain
May. 16th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I changed!! I liked Viv's so I went looking. I always wanted coloured pages, so I had to give up my hills at night for coloured pages on this one!
greenpizzazz6
May. 17th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC)
I like it!
natesmountain
May. 17th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
Thanks *g*
vivh
May. 16th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear from you, I'm glad the teaching is going so well and that you are enjoying your classes... Mission Day sounds challenging, what exactly is involved? What is the purpose?

I like your new lj colours/style, though they look remotely familiar *g*... I'm still getting used to mine...

I do hope you will find a way to manage everything that leaves you feeling less rushed and ragged, and I hope the school will sort out your hours and arrangements properly so that they can be better organised and work for you, rather than wondering from week to week what the future holds...
natesmountain
May. 16th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Yes, I liked yours so I went to look at the new range! I'd always wanted coloured pages but my hills at night didn't give me that. So I took the plunge.

-I hope the school will sort out your hours and arrangements properly so that they can be better organised and work for you, rather than wondering from week to week what the future holds...
Yeah, I don't know what to do there. Hopefully the administration will either offer me something I can cope with or hire someone to do the job!

Mission Day is a chance for the girls to recognise aspects of their community. The year 9s bake cookies all morning then go out and distribute them to local services in the afternoon, like the police and firemen!
The year 10s bus up to Karori cemetery and clean up some graves!
The year 11s do a drama workshop with Challenge 2000.
The year 12s visit the local rest homes and sit with the people.
The year 13s either collect for a charity that's on that day, or go to the Community MInistry to learn about the food pantry or clean up the Home of Compassion... then help the juniors take the cookies round in the afternoon.
We start with a liturgy and end with a feedback liturgy.
It's a good idea.
suilven
May. 16th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
Sounds good to me too. Please can they come by me though? Does community stretch this far? I would like some cookies. :)
natesmountain
May. 17th, 2007 06:36 am (UTC)
- I would like some cookies. :)
I don't think the juniors would quite get to your place and back before half past three...
vivh
May. 17th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC)
Well there's always teleportation! - they could pop some cookies to me too!!!
natesmountain
May. 17th, 2007 11:01 am (UTC)
I hope my department has paid their teleportation fees then...
vivh
May. 17th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Mission Day sounds worthwhile, but it's hard to organise something like that when you are new. Everyone else knows what they are expecting to happen, but you are the one arranging it all - is anybody giving you helpful advice on how things should happen? or have they just left you to find your own way through it all? I'm sure it will go well, but it certainly adds to the stress!

I think maybe you should approach the principal some time soon to find out what her hopes and expectations are, is she still really hoping to find some one else to fill the role you're doing, or is she just assuming that you will keep on doing it? If it's the latter, she should be giving you the security and advantages of a permanent contract, which would give you the chance to express your expectations and requirements too...

There are some lovely new lj designs... ~I like yours too!
natesmountain
May. 17th, 2007 06:37 am (UTC)
People are trying to help me now. It's been a bit of a struggle but I know somehow we will get there. I have faith *g*

The principal was sick the last two days. But I will get to her when she gets her voice back LOL! I think it's time to see what their plans are. It'll be four weeks at the end of the week.

Thanks.

vivh
May. 17th, 2007 06:49 am (UTC)
It'll be four weeks at the end of the week. - yeah time flies... it will be a whole term before you know it!!

I'm glad people are being helpful now - it's always a shame to have to cover ground that other people have already covered!
natesmountain
May. 17th, 2007 11:03 am (UTC)
-yeah time flies... it will be a whole term before you know it!!
Viv, I don't know if I can do it for ten weeks. It seems such a rush and struggle. But it'd be nice. I'd get to know the girls really well. Trouble is, the longer I stay, the less I will want to leave. And it's a nice job, nice school. I just can't write any more. Still, maybe this is what I was meant to do.
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