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Feb. 28th, 2009 | 09:04 pm

uni assignment is done and done..

I don't think it's any good, but it's done and frankly I just want to pass it, i don't give a flying one about much else.

Also, if my neighbour doesn't stop hoovering our shared stairwell with her dirt devil (she's been at it for 30 minutes now) I'm shoving it up her arse...no questions asked. At the very least it'll muffle the noise.

just saying.

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Robert Webb = Flashdancing genius.

Feb. 24th, 2009 | 10:33 am
mood: amusedamused

so funny I might have dribbled a little bit.

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Feb. 14th, 2009 | 12:06 am
mood: amusedamused

I can't take any credit for finding this at all...it was on Robert Popper's blog but..the dancing is SO ace...I'll be practicing those moves all weekend.

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Nov. 26th, 2008 | 05:49 pm
mood: amusedamused

became the first overlord of the world.
... afterward, found 10 bucks under the couch.
'How will you be remembered in history books?' at QuizGalaxy.com

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Nov. 9th, 2008 | 10:16 am

What actually confuses me is why on earth I left a cryptic LJ post in the middle of night. In my defence....vodka. Lots and lots of vodka.

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Teacher's strike 24th April.

Apr. 21st, 2008 | 06:31 pm
mood: pissed offpissed off

People in the UK will know that there is a big teacher's strike over our below inflation pay rise on Thursday. This isn't driven by greed or laziness or anything other than the fact that most teachers at the bottom of the pay scale, despite being trained professionals, despite doing extra years at uni to train, still live hand to mouth after several years in the profession.

The impact that poor pay has on the quality of education in this country can't be underestimated. It means more excellent teachers leaving the profession due to the financial pressures and less committed and well trained people joining the profession. The knock on effect is disruption to children as supply and cover is used to stop the gaps. The effect this can have on progress is disasterous.

The argument that strikes disrupt the education of children at time when exams are looming seems like a fair point, and it's certainly one that MP's and ministers are using to wag their fingers at teachers over and to try and guilt trip and blackmail people in to not striking, but ultimately you have to ask does one day offset the long term damage that poor pay for teachers is doing to the profession? It's also worth pointing out that this is the first national strike action by teachers in 21 years. In my professional opinion, one day in 21 years is not going to decimate national results.

The sad truth at my school is that some staff who are higher up the pay scale are refusing to strike, despite being NUT members because they earn a 'decent' wage. In my mind this goes against everything unions and the solidarity that unions supposedly represent stands for. (One can only hope that next time their issues are on the agenda, younger members and union leaders pay them back in like.) It's something I am amazingly pissed off about and frankly I think if you join a union, you support a balloted action if it's been passed or you give up your membership. It's disgusting that some older teachers are showing blatant disregard for the value and quality of living of young/new teachers.

Teaching is an exceptionally rewarding profession, but it's one that comes with fairly little recompense for those that work the hardest other than the intrinsic rewards of doing such a job. None of us are expecting medals and sainthood, it's not why we do the job, but we at least deserve a wage that is going to provide a standard of living in line with other professions, none of which expect workers to do so much for so little.

(before anyone smartly mentions the holidays - we don't get any more paid holiday time than any other job. Our wages cover our working weeks only but payments are spread over the year.)

Please support the strike any way you can. Write to your MP, write to schools that are striking to show your agreement and support, join protests or sign petitions. Even just letting teachers know that you support what they're doing is an meaningful action.

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a little help...

Feb. 15th, 2008 | 12:16 pm
mood: working

I'm planning a unit of work on African-American music (linking in to various social developments and cultural change in America). I want a range of specific artists and songs to look at across the last 100 years.

I'm just after some suggestions at this point.

Who do you think is the most significant/influential African-American musician in the last 100 years (and why would be helpful.) and likewise, which song by an African-American artist would you consider to be most significant in the last 100 years. Again why do you think this.

This would be supremely helpful if you can give me suggestions.

I don't have a firm outline for the project just yet but many ideas swimming around in my head and I'm just after some food for thought right now.

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Feb. 14th, 2008 | 11:37 pm
mood: tiredtired

Oh and from my photo-y arty farty crap blog...a little valentines inspired pic.

Not exactly conventional valentines day fare...but this is me we're talking about here.



It's from my classroom window when I arrive at work at stupid o'clock. The heart is a bit battered but I can't quite bring myself to take it down. :)

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Sep. 25th, 2007 | 10:41 pm







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I need book recommendations.

Sep. 5th, 2007 | 07:30 pm
mood: tiredtired

I know I should do a proper update but being back at school has just turned my brain to mush and I'm not sure I could manage anything coherent right now. It's been intense to say the least for various reasons.

Anyway...a question for you guys. We're starting a book group up at school, targeting years 9-13 (14 to 18 year olds) and we want to get the books for this term bought in. We have funding from both our Gifted and Talented fund and our Literacy fund.

Mostly we're after a good mixture of genres, male and female protagonists, styles and both modern books and classics and obviously appropriate for our age group, also keep in mind we have a very multi-cultural/multi-ethnic school so diversity is key.

In short, anyone have any recommendations? - a short explaination of why you're recommending the books would be good as well, I may even bug people for some reviews. :)

Ta lovelies.

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