July 9th, 2017

tinyjo: (jasmine)
Friday was moving up day - my new class and I spent an hour together and I think that if they can curb their tendency to talk over each other then we'll get on fine. They were very curious - I spent at least half of the time answering questions like "what's your favourite food" and "which youtubers do you like" and so on, but I think that's pretty inevitable. Usually I'd know a bit about them already and they about me from our encounters elsewhere in school but moving to a new school means that they're total unknowns. As I suspected, they're a lot less culturally diverse than any class I've taught before - all white, although not quite all English as there are one or two European children there.

As I also had a meeting for maths leaders in the partnership in the morning, it was also a reasonable dip of the toe into the idea of working on Fridays again, and I am cautiously optimistic that I'll cope OK with it as long as I make sure I don't get to bed too late after games night. I had thought about what we were doing at Brownies on Thursday while I waited around for the governors meeting and as long as I make it out of the gates by 5pm, arriving on time to set up should be perfectly do-able so that's good. I think also, it will actually make Brownies seem less of a chore - currently, it comes at the end of a day off, which makes it tricky to use that for long weekends and also means that I can't just totally chill out on my day off if I want to. Having at the end of a school day felt much less disruptive/intrusive and hopefully that will happen again.

Am feeling practically green fingered because after having a weekly task to do some garden work since about February, I have *finally* got to the point where there are no areas where the weeds have taken over (there are still weeds, they're just more under control and smaller, ground cover type things) and all the paths are clear. I even dead headed the roses today and I have been actually remembering to water the garden every couple of days in this uncharacteristically dry summer, which means that nearly all the plants I bought at Gardeners World are still going strong!

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Emptied of expectation. Relax.

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