"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Friday, August 31, 2007

End of the holidays

I've been in school most of this week, getting ready for the onslaught of the new class next week, but today, I was a 'lady who lunches,' albeit briefly as I caught up with some of the staff from last year's school. It was lovely to see them again. They are the nicest staff I have worked with. But it was also interesting to compare notes as they too have spent the last few days in their new schools. Today there were tales of teachers who still didn't know what their topics were for next term, which meant that they were not able to do any preparation for next term during the holidays, and those who had been given 8 new pencils for a class of 24 (I kid you not!) and 18 rulers for the same class, which meant that the teacher concerned was planning to go and buy extra over the week-end.
And if all this sound just too far-fetched, especially when you hear the government trumpeting about how many millions, billions of pounds they spend annually on education, I can assure you that this is, all too often, how it is in the real world of education, the classroom.
Me? I'm just keeping my head down and saying nowt!


Yorkshire Pudding said...

I have spent a total of two weeks of my six week holiday in school, including this afternoon. I could be there every day of any holiday and still not get on top of all my work. It never ends. Those outside teaching can never know what it is really like. Mind you I agree with your last sentence because nobody ever thanks you for your dedication. People tip taxi drivers and waitresses but never their children's teachers.

Jennyta said...

I would have been in my school for longer if I had been able to get in, but, as you say, no matter how much you do, it's never finished. On important reason why I gave up being deputy head. Good luck for the new onslaught!


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