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Another busy day as usual. I told my most senior class first period that we were flagging work today and getting on with some sharing! I made them sit their chairs in a circle and I handed out little cards with thought-provoking statements or questions, just one card at a time. The reader of the card had to try and answer then others could join in. It took all lesson.
Examples: When did you last tell someone that you loved them and who was it?
What would you do if you had thirty minutes to live? (that question reeks of when they were written, during the Arms Race, when I was last teaching college!)
What is your response to someone who brags about having sex?
Should marijuana be legalised?
What do your parents think of you? And are they right?
What is the best position to come in the family - first, middle or last - and why? And where do you come in your family?
There were lots of questions like that, and the girls really took it seriously, having a go at discussing all kinds of things. It was good. I don't think they get enough chances to share with an adult as a kind of moderator/mediator (that was me *g*).
One girl shared how her mother called her a bi#@*. I was surprised but she admitted that she could be like that sometimes, and the class surprised me by offering suggestions of how she could improve! Nice, huh.

And I'm so incredibly tired tonight, I was reading Harry Potter to the boys and found myself falling asleep at the end of some of the lines! Going to be early. Early. That means very shortly!


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Sep. 10th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
I love the way you did class! It's so nice to just sit and have discussions of things like that.

Rest you!
Sep. 11th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
-Rest you!
There is a lot of pressure and talk about me coming back next year! I wonder... does this mean no rest ever again?! I guess the job will get easier, huh. There are good holidays, after all, if I can just survive the short periods between *g*
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
Do you want to be there next year? You obviously enjoy the work, and are doing well there... But it worries me how tired you are...
What would you do if you didn't go back?
Sep. 11th, 2007 10:01 am (UTC)
-ut it worries me how tired you are...
What would you do if you didn't go back?

It worries me too, can I really cope with all this? I met the DRS from another school at conference, and she had gone to work there when I left to have Christy. I said it was hard doing the DRS while looking after my own children, and she said she did it as a solo parent when her children were little, so if she can I can, and mine were more grown up, and it was so judgemental, I felt quite stink after that. But I'm not her, and maybe I do more than her, and frankly, she's boring *g*
If I didn't go back, I don't know what I would do. You know, in some ways I really do want to go back... just don't know that I have enough confidence in myself... but the stalwart staff members seem to want me to stay! One by one they approach me and ask me! Today it was the Head of Geography!
Sep. 12th, 2007 06:10 am (UTC)
I'm sure you would cope, you are obviously good at the job and wanted there, I think what is in question is whether you want to carry on, you obviously enjoy what you do, but can you cope with being that busy and that tired all the time? I guess in some ways that side of things will get easier as you get to know the school and the curriculum and the girls better....

But you are right just because something works for one person it doesn't mean it will work for another, we are all different and only you can decide what's right for you.
Sep. 12th, 2007 11:15 pm (UTC)
The job would certainly get easier in the new year, because I GET it all now, NCEA and everything, whereas before it was a bit of a blur! And I am familiar with almost all the topics and assessments too. So yeah, easier. Then again, I really want to get up every morning and pull on my old jeans, and I can't do that there. So it's kind of like, do I do the job and make the most of my spare time? Or find some other kind of job or no job? This one really does suit me though...
and I just have to find my own special, creative way of coping LOL!!!
Sep. 11th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
I love discussing those sort of questions, especially if people are prepared to honest. I had a book of questions which was really great for that sort of thing, some of the questions were sequential, like if you answered a question in a particular way they had another question which took you further down the path you've chosen to see how far you will go...
Sep. 11th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
-I love discussing those sort of questions, especially if people are prepared to honest.
Absolutely. I won't take any silly answers in these discussions. It's work as far as I'm concerned. I always take their answers seriously and it doesn't take them long to pick up on that.

I like the idea of sequential questions. Hmmmm, have to work on that!
Sep. 11th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Is there a possibility of part time? Or a job share?

That would be ideal for you...I too worry how tired you are,and never a minute for yourself ...
Sep. 12th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC)
Job share would be good. The principal does seem open to me keeping a day off a fortnight at this stage, and my friend who works there part time is keen to take on a couple more classes if necessary. I guess it all depends on timetable too.

-I too worry how tired you are,and never a minute for yourself ... You're so thoughtful. Thank you. I have such great friends!
Being tired is certainly a problem but it must surely get easier, surely!
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