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What is a valuable lesson you learned from a teacher?

NaBloPoMo September 2015

What is a valuable lesson you learned from a teacher? This is the prompt for today; and there has been many lessons I have learnt from my teachers. From ‘The “teacher” look’ to how to teach children of all levels. How to use a glass to listen to the class next door to see what you are learning to reaching my potential. I know that it has not just been teachers in my life who have helped me with all educational needs. People within the Guiding (and Scouting) world have taught be many valuable lessons – like pitching a six-man tent with only three people.

However; the most valuable lesson I have EVER learnt was from my Stage One (it is now called Level One) Sign Language tutor, Bernadette. She made me believe that I was capable of anything that I set my mind to. It did take me two attempts to pass my Stage One but I did it!

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Show us what you’re wearing as we head into fall…

NaBloPoMo September 2015

I cannot believe that Fall (or Autumn as us Brits call it) is here! Sadly; I will not be able to follow the trends this Season. This is because I have to follow the rules set out by my (current) workplace. Sadly, I have to have ‘plain’ coloured tops and black ‘business’ trousers (pants). I work in a school and being an individual is frowned upon. We cannot even ‘celebrate’ Christmas properly. However; I will be a rebel and be wearing a Christmas themed scarf…terrible I know!

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FREE WRITING: To enter or not?

NaBloPoMo September 2015

It is Sunday and it is a Free Writing day; so I have decided to write about entering writing competitions. I have recently been thinking about subscribing to Mslexia again. Mslexia is a quarterly magazine for female writers. I subscribed to the magazine years ago and entered a couple of the competitions. I felt a little deflated as I did not won or have the acknowledgement of my entry. I also used to be a subscriber to Writer’s Forum; another writing magazine.

I have entered the Ledbury Poetry Competition, the last few years and I have found it a lovely competition. However; I feel my poetry is not as strong as my creative writing.

I really want to have my stories published either in a pamphlet or as a book. I don’t know if I am “the next J.K. Rowling” but I feel that my stories will change someone’s lives.

Entering competitions I feel will improve my confidence when it comes to my writing. I have also been thinking about entering essay writing competitions for University courses…yes or no? What do you think?

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FREE WRITING: Learnt so far…

NaBloPoMo September 2015

Today is Saturday; which is Free Writing day within the Blog Her world. I have decided that I am going to write about what I have learnt so far during September. I have found that I have changed since coming back to ‘school’; I have tried to stay the positive person I have always been, but I am now starting to show how I really feel about my job and the people I work with. I have learnt that I am more capable than I originally was; but I do not have any confidence about it. I have learnt so much with my TEFL course – see My TEFL Adventures for more details about that.

I know that am able to teach a student on a one-to-one level but I am no longer able to cope in a terribly noisy class when the teacher cannot be bothered to control them noise level.

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How did/do you get to school: bus, walk, drive, or bike?

NaBloPoMo September 2015

How did/do you get to school: bus, walk, drive, or bike?

There are many ways I can travel to my school (or should I say workplace?!)…when I was a child, I used to walk to all my schools as they were only a few minutes walk; however, I now have to drive or catch a bus. I am currently Car Sharing with a fellow school worker – we live very close to each other. We are saving cash on our petrol and it is good for the environment. To be honest we don’t like driving to work; we both would prefer to go by bus – this is the most expensive option!

I would LOVE it if I could walk to my workplace; exercise for me and great for the environment…maybe next year!?

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What is your favourite thing to pack for school lunch?

NaBloPoMo September 2015

Today’s prompt is a good one. “What is your favourite thing to pack for school lunch?” as I am still having a packed lunch (or a pack up as I call them) as the canteen here at the school it is too expensive for staff members to buy. Also half the food that is produced has been cooked in the fryer; even though it is supposed to be.

I am currently in a “weight loss” craze; so most of my food is healthy or of the weight loss brand. I LOVE pasta! Tuna and pasta are AMAZING!! It is so quick to make and easy to eat. I am always on the lookout for some new things to try. There are sometimes that I cannot be bothered to eat what I have made for my lunch and I just drink water. (Bad girl, I know!)

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What are some of your best tips for getting your day off to a good start?

NaBloPoMo September 2015

“What are some of your best tips for getting your day off to a good start?” is today’s prompt. I am glad that I have survived the first day! I have loads of tips to get my day off to a good start.

I always have a cup of tea in the morning. I usually don’t have enough time to have any breakfast; which I know that should be having every day. I have always got my bag and lunch ready the night before; it is something that I have done since I was a student.

While driving to school; I have “happy” music playing in the car; it gets me in a happy mood. I car share; so having a friend to chat to in the morning.

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It’s back-to-school time: do you love the start of school or dread it?

NaBloPoMo September 2015Yes ladies and gents; it is that time again! It is time for the Blog Her monthly event of NaBloPoMo – the theme for this month is Lessons. I think it is ironic as I am currently working in a school. The prompt for today is “It’s back-to-school time: do you love the start of school or dread it?”

Personally; for me, I am 50/50! This is because I love coming back to school and seeing all of my other students (which I have missed seeing for six years) but it is all the paperwork is what I do not like doing. Being a Support Worker (also a TEFL teacher) there is a fair bit of paperwork; recording what the students have achieved in their lessons or their homework. It has been a stressful week already; here at my current work place we have had a change in the school day and a massive change to my daily timetable. I am going to be a little greyer by Christmas!