Friday, 28 November 2008
My advice to anyone out there is don't use Vodafone and don't order anything from the Vodafone online shop unless you want them to keep your money then refuse to answer when you ask why the goods haven't been delivered - they had me on hold for almost 36 minutes last night - until I eventually gave up and hung up, which was presumably the idea. And they won't respond to emails at all. Just hopeless.
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Onto ice balls tomorrow - should be interesting.
Sunday, 23 November 2008
The fun run went along the esplanade, so I went along there for a bit and then went a walk along the beach. Cold, but my back was to the wind luckily, and the light was lovely. Lots of oystercatchers about too. Then I headed off to Wellington Square to the big stage - the Santa Dash finishes just by Wellington Square and there is entertainment laid on - and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers were part of it - so I stayed to see them. The act before them was pretty good and warmed the crowd up a bit - but the party really got going when the Chillies came on. They were fantastic - that's the first time I've heard AC/DC played on the bagpipes, let alone jazz and Hey Jude!!! They also did some fantastic traditional tunes and really got the crowd dancing and clapping along.
The event was building up to the 'climax' when I left - well, the switching on of the Christmas lights by 2 guys who were, I think, from Big Brother may have been the climax for some - but certainly wasn't for me, especially after the Red Hot Chilli Pipers had finished their set, so I headed off home for a hot drink and more lesson planning and making of resources.
Friday, 21 November 2008
We have a lot of other paperwork to do as well - evaluations (both of our own teaching and assessment of the pupils' work) after each lesson taught, as well as 5 observation tasks, wider professional issues to investigate/reflect on/critically evaluate - and our chosen 'special interest topic'. And of course notes to make on school organisation & policies, class organisation, daily & weekly timetables/planners .... We're certainly kept very busy but it's all valuable learning - and I'm getting a great experience in my school and am learning a huge amount from all the staff - and the pupils!
On another topic, I saw some of the folk from the kayak club tonight - they're off for a weekend's paddling. OK for some ... :-) Meanwhile I'll be doing 'door duty' at the pool session, and getting on with all my paperwork and planning. I think I'll have to make time to watch more of my new kayaking DVD (This is The Sea 4) as a consolation - I've watched the 2 films on the bonus DVD so far (New Zealand circumnavigation & the Queen Charlotte Islands in BC, Canada) and they're excellent.
Monday, 17 November 2008
Well, it's not really to mark. I taught my first lesson to the class today and I've brought their work home as I have to assess it and work out the next steps and so on - and I have to assess my own teaching also. I can think of several things I would do a bit differently next time! It went well though, I enjoyed it and more importantly so did the children - and they learned something too :-)
Saturday, 15 November 2008
I'm still very much enjoying placement - and feeling very lucky that everyone at the school is so helpful and willing to give me advice and guidance as required.
I tried to listen to Radio Orkney's Children in Need broadcast - but unfortnately someone in the BBC in Glasgow had forgotten to put the 'live link' on the webpage, so I had to make do with the Radio Scotland programmes instead, which weren't nearly as entertaining. Radio Orkney raised almost £20,000 which is a great effort, as always.I went out earlier to get some shopping - everywhere was really busy, I think that's the Christmas shopping rush starting ..... Managed to get the 'treasure' I wanted for my games.
Next weekend it's apparently the Ayr Santa Dash. This I must see!! I think it's a charity fun run (or some such thing) along the seafront. I'll try and get some photos of it.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
I think the learning curve over this 5 weeks is going to be huge, but I'm lucky I've got the opportunity to learn from a group of staff rather than just one teacher - I'm seeing some great active learning in the classroom and it's good to be able to see in practice what we've been learning about in theory.
Sunday, 9 November 2008
It's dark by the time I walk home from uni now.
Steven kindly helped me open some presents, although he decided the one from Callum made a good seat for watching Fireman Sam on. Then he helped me open it and he liked the look of the two boxes of dairy free chocolates (luckily the alcohol & DVDs didn't hold much appeal for him). He was into the first box of chocolates in about 5 seconds. It was mint chocolates and we split one in half and he had half and I had half. Then I packed everything away into the big box again for putting back in the car. 2 mins later Steven's back into the box and got the box of mints, ripped it open and took out 2 - then handed one of them to me!!! Cute.
We got the marks back from our active learning assessment on Friday - that was the powerpoint presentation we had to do. I was quite pleased with my marks and thought they were fair, so I'm happy. We get the marks for the group assessment back on 28th November which is our day back on campus during our placements. Other than that day we're now out on placement until Christmas. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and meeting my class again, although the sheer amount of paperwork in this placement is a little daunting.
Met up with Ann and her wee daughter Catriona (who is great) today and we went to Prestwick to visit the Moffats. Worked out that we last saw them 17 years ago in Arran! It doesn't feel as long ago as that that we were climbing the Witches Step and going swimming in the Blue Pool in Glen Rosa!
Thursday, 6 November 2008
And to add insult to injury in the same post on Tuesday afternoon I received a birthday card, also posted in Wales - but 2nd class - and guess when it was posted?????? 6.34pm on Monday evening. So the 2nd class item got to me in less than 24 hours while the 1st class one took almost 100 hours! How can the Royal Mail justify this?
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
I've also now submitted my Social Subjects assessment (due tomorrow) and my Science assessment (due Thursday) - it's been a busy week for assessments! We also have a formative assessment of a group task in Language tomorrow, but it's not been nearly as onerous as the others and is formatively assessed rather than contributing to our overall course mark, so it's not nearly as stressful - thank goodness!
Now I can finally start looking forward to my next placement which starts on Monday for 5 weeks - in a composite P1/P2 class - and read up on all the things I need to know for that and remind myself which lessons I'm going to have to teach and do full lesson plans for, etc.
Monday, 3 November 2008
It's high here but you can still - just - see the concrete walls.
Then the water got higher.
I didn't see it at its highest but I can guess what it must have been like from the tree it left behind!
Sunday, 2 November 2008
Yes I know this one has a squinty horizon - I was trying to hold the camera still while being buffeted by the wind!
That's a big log in the foreground which has been swept in with the power of the tide.
Saturday, 1 November 2008
There's quite a bit of snow on the Arran hills now.