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5 hours of class - I'm going to bed.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I have taught 5 hours of infants today. And five hours yesterday.
    I'm whacked, I'm going to bed.
    I just don't know how some of you keep it up, day after day after day.
    *yawn*
    I do admire you!.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  2. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    And to think some parents think 'teaching infants is easy!', and one 'progresses up'!
    Sleep well and restore your energies for tomorrow.
     
  3. But it's great fun, so that makes it all better! :)
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    The thin person at the back is NOT me . . . . this is part of the class, 31 in all, only one adult ever despite 4 children having quite serious problems.
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    [​IMG]Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  5. dizzymai

    dizzymai New commenter

    Might you film yourself teaching one time Theo?
    Impressive as well that you replied to all of us on the forums as well!
    This doesn't look like England? All of UK kids are still on holiday. Can I ask where this is?
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Let me say that I only do teaching about 3 days a week, sometimes more, sometimes less. And I only do it when I am not in London where I do the seminars, one-to-ones, etc. The joy of the Forum is that I can do it anywhere there is WiFi or some sort of access to the internet.
    We started back in school on Monday, after the one-week holiday. Today I am not in school. Mrs TG and I went to the market and bought 22 medium-sized oranges for . . .just one euro. Local produce . . .


    [​IMG]Loads of people know where I am when I am not in UK - if you'd like to have a guess, Dizzy . . . Here's a clue - the alphabet chart in the background has 27 letters, not 26.
    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  7. How lovely ...and they look very sweet! (The oranges and the kids!) x
     
  8. dizzymai

    dizzymai New commenter

    Looks like Spain to me? The weather looks gorgeous, as do the oranges.
    I don't know the Spanish alphabet though. I know French, German and some Danish....
     
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



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    Best wishes
    _______________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
     
  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I don't know what you're on about Theo - as a secondary specialist, you know perfectly well that teaching infants is a complete and utter cinch.
    *Runs off to hide behind strong riot shield*
     
  11. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    This is your revenge for me calling you Muddlemarch, isn't it?
     
  12. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    As I said, I was just biding my time.
    Actually, I must apologise to all primary teachers other than those in curlygirly's school, as it is only in her school where the children are so easy to manage they teach themselves and the staff spend their time drinking tea, eating chocolate biscuits and catching up on Facebook.

     
  13. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Middlemarch, you're booked for this class - all 29 of them - for next week. And don't think that they normally sit like that.
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    [​IMG]Good luck!
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    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
     
  14. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Anyone who wants a bit of 'see how the other half lives' can come to my school.
    I could make mine sit like that for a photograph. They might even smile as well if I bribed them enough. And I could make the classroom look that tidy and organised for a photograph as well. And I only have 27 children...

    I'm missing a chalkboard though. And I'm lusting after those chairs and tables. :)
     
  15. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    You've been looking at my CCTV again haven't you?
     
  16. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Joking aside I'm marvelling at how different those children look- no one has a shaved head or carvings. They all look clean, not grubby round the edges and in need of a decent meal and some soap.
     
  17. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Look closely, however and they've definitely got that 'Come closer, Senora and we will eat you for desayuno' look in their eyes that I've seen many times amongst classes of seemingly biddable infants.
     
  18. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    That's little people for you!
     
  19. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Appearances can be deceptive.
    Or rather, in Spain, appearances can be all-important (so clothes are worn to be seen), and children are sacred and scrubbed and doused in eau-de-cologne before coming to school.
    This is in fact a state school in a deprived area where there is an adult unemployment figure of over 40%, And it is noticeable.
    The local government provides the textbooks, but parents must buy exercise books, pens and pencils, crayons, and most importantly; the "Activity Book" that goes with each textbook. Basically it is a book of worksheets. Children may not have one at all (so what do they do?) or have the one used two years before by an older sibling or cousin. They have to rub out the answers before doing their own work. Always supposing, of course, that the book hasn't changed in the meantrime so there are different exercises to fill in.
    There is also very little provision for those with any type of problem. In Year 6, for example, there is a child who can just about manage to trace over his own name if you draw it for him, large, with a dotted line. Cannot read at all. In a class of 30, but taken out for 45 minutes a week for "support".
    He also has no activity books at all, of course.
    When there is a paying activity, usually not much, say between 1 and 5 euros, then there will be up to a quarter of the class who can't pay, and thus don't do it, don't go. They are merely told to stay away from school that day. Breaks my heart.
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
     
  20. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Oh Theo, words are just not enough!
     

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