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Activity for First Day ???!!

Discussion in 'Headteachers' started by JayDee1972, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Christ on a bike. Who makes a power point about themselves?
    I'd be hard pressed to watch something like that without openly guffawing.
  2. Or a SWOT analysis with "new head" in Strengths/Opportunities and "existing staff" in Weaknesses/Threats...
  3. mickeyforpresident

    mickeyforpresident New commenter

    On my first INSET we did a kind of brainstorm about the pluses and negatives of the school and what kind of school did we want? Our school had just been put in a category. This led to the drafting of a set of values, which then led to a new set of aims and eventually a mission statement. This was repeated by chn, govs and parents. We continue to look at this yearly!

    I love the tour idea by the way!

    Also, my staff wanted to know a bit about me, but I didn't have a PowerPoint !!!! (I like using multiple exclamation marks).

  4. Anyone is of course free to use as many question/exclamation marks as they wish. However, you run the risk of devaluing you and your comments if they are excessive. That's all I'm saying. For the record, there is never any real need to have lots of question marks (my original point) but sometimes multiple exclamation marks can be appropriate to express more extreme exclamation, as in your point mickyforpresident.
    I just wish people would realise how the quality of their writing is perceived by others, and instead of mocking people who aspire for people to write well (I am mocked regularly by colleagues for the apparently misguided belief that punctuation is important). It is very disheartening when I receive an e-mail from a colleague which is littered with grammatical errors, spelling errors (as opposed to typos) and poor expression.
    Back to topic (I didn't bring this back up!)
  5. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    <h2>Well, that's a fail. There seems to be a whole clause missing from the sentence (implied by "instead of") and you don't need a comma preceeding "and". Unless the "and" was inserted carelessly, altering the meaning of th whole sentence.</h2>Minefield, eh?

  6. resources4drama

    resources4drama New commenter

    Interesting formatting.
  7. You're right - my sentence was very poorly expressed, with the wrong preposition attached to 'aspire' and lazy use of 'comma followed by and' instead of splitting the clauses properly.
    What I should have written: "I just wish people would realise how the quality of their writing is
    perceived by others. Instead of mocking people who aspire to a situation where people endeavour
    to write well (I am mocked regularly by colleagues for the apparently
    misguided belief that punctuation is important)."
    It is a minefield and believe me I am not perfect (my spoken language is atrocious, as the town where I grew up has a vernacular which is as far from 'proper' English as I have heard anywhere); I just hate the attitude that just because people make mistakes/express themselves poorly, we should accept poor quality language.
    Thank you for taking the time to point that out and I will graciously descend from my soapbox in the hope that I can be forgiven for my earlier insensitivity and intolerance which I know makes me unpopular.
  8. Actually I should also apologise to the OP - I am sorry for being critical. Believe me the only reason I am is because I am trying to mask my own faults, self-loathing and insecurity and supposedly being good with grammar and spelling is one of very few talents I have.
    I am going to try to refrain from posting - to be honest my contributions usually stop a discussion dead anyway which is obviously not good for a forum! I am also going to try to put my energy into improving myself rather than being critical of others.
    Sorry again and I'm sorry for hijacking this thread. Your original request for advice was an interesting discussion point.
  9. anon2799

    anon2799 New commenter

    Maybe rather than refraining from posting, which seems a but drastic, you could join in the discussion?

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