I'll tell you what it is...it's an actual LIFE SAVER!! It's a soul soother, a stress buster, a nerve dejangler, a calm inducing miracle is what it is.
I spent money securing this beauty, last night, in Sainsbury's and at approximately 9.10pm I ate it. Aaaaand relaxxxxx.
Yesterday was day 2 of cover supervising my class and there are a few cherubs ( all of whom are perfectly capable non SEN children ) who for reasons unknown just wouldn't play ball and managed to Push ALL my buttons, thus extracting every single atom of negative emotional energy from me! I was a tenth of a degree away from spontaneous combustion - all of which I admit, is probably highly entertaining but come on Angels, JUST SIT THE DUCK DOWN AND DO YOUR DUCKING LONG DIVISION LIKE I ASKED!!! QUIT ARSING AROUND, QUIT IGNORING ME, QUIT IT WITH THE DISRUPTION etc
For everyone's health and safety I popped them in another classroom to do their work!
Of course I then come home and brood about how crap I must be at my
Job, feeling like an utter failure because I can't control 30 ten year olds on my own. I question my practice, my ability and how do I get a job in M&S.
Last Wednesday I was on a half day course. One of the best ( I said that about the last one ) courses for ages. Run by Jenny Mosely who is such an inspirational jolly lovely lady who arms education practitioners with all sorts of ideas.. Here she is on you tube with the extremely soft strokeable puppet seal THAT I MANAGED TO SECURE FOR WORK ... https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8TN90JNQVFg
- it's all to do with oxytocin darlings! She calls us all darlings and angels I was very enamoured with her!!
So already I've played some games and activities with my class on these two days, but the hardcore three just messed about. I'm sure as I forge ahead they'll see everyone else having a great time and just start choosing to BEHAVE!! Despite all my feelings of utter despondency, I'll go back today, build the bridges and try again. Hopefully the teacher will be back too. Funny isn't it, TA3's of the world, how teachers get us....and we get to fly solo....although our fab new head tries to double us up where possible because here's the thing...
In my usual role, I've time to listen, to sort stuff out, be nice lovely and patient, appear concerned about lost jumpers ( PARENTS WOULD YOU NAME THE GODDAMMNED JUMPERS PLEASE ), PE kits and book bags etc.
On my own? Sit down, listen and let's get through all these Learning Objectives!! It's why I gave up HLTA. Conflicting roles ain't good for the soul - no one knows where they are with it!!
One thing that made me laugh yesterday:
Came into class after lunch n there's 8 of my class in the classroom. When I enquired why they were in.
I was told
Child X set it up!! 😂
I'd told Child X on Monday, ( several times ) that they'd have to ask an adult to be in with them, upon hearing this idea.
The children just said to me
Oh it's ok, Child X said they were in charge!
Oh!! Lol that's ok then!! Child X had also made a register inviting others to sign up for Lego club!!
Their skills, enterprise and resourcefulness should be applauded!
In fact, I'm so soft hearted I may even give up a lunchtime to BE the adult in Lego club!!
OH....the picture...did you guess Cherry Bakewell?
Well, you'd be WRONG!!
Lots of love from
Rachel *not even sorry* Radiostar xx
Ps I've five left - I think they'll help me make it to half term!!