Category Archives: School

One Year wiser wk8

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I thought this weeks was quite apt, with all my prep for new courses, that started in September. I just hope I have done enough to keep my head above the water for the next term.  I do like change I think it keeps things fresh & up to date.  I went into teaching because no 2 days would ever be the same, even though I can in essence teach the same thing 3 times in the same week, it’s never the same, you change & adapt to the class. Perhaps this is why I still write on the board with a pen. Yes I use power point, video clips & cute animation, but not all the time. I love practical work too. Kids love the simple things, like putting a diffraction grating over the lens of your phone camera & taking pictures ( great physics & lots of fun) , if you want to do at home use the card board rainbow  glasses for looking at lights that are often around for Christmas.  

 
Here’s our dining room lights. 

However, I feel at the moment I have too much change, it should be gradual & not all at once. 

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One year wiser: wk 4

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A nice simple one this week. 

The sentiment on this one rings so true for many I teach physics too at GCSE, only its around maths. When l pick up new groups I find I’m spending loads of time “saying you can do this”, “you have a calculator”, “it’s only simply maths honestly!” It was fantastic to see theyear 11 group  I took over mid course’high fiveing’ each other because they understood what to do & got it right. 

This reminds you why you teach. 

My Teacher planner

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This year I’ve taken the time to make a cover for my teacher planner. It’s made out of felt, lucky the rectangles were exactly the right size for the front & back. I made a handy pocket on the front for perhaps as small note book or I may add some stitching lines & turn it into a pen minded. 

  
The cover flaps will make hand pockets of all those bits of paper I loose throughout the year. The last few years I’ve added stickers so I can recognise mine, as our school insists on everyone having the same colour.  I like to be different so I customised mine. 

Clangers Cake Topper

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Mum very kindly knitted these clangers for the top of my friend & fellow physics teachers special birthday day.  

  
Clangers enjoying the sun before going to school

  
Yes that is cake in the ‘class room ‘ , we have cleaners that insist on using bleach every day! One thing you can say about school is its clean! The science department enjoyed afternoon tea hosted by physics ( well, me mostly)

  The clangers will find a new home in our main lab or class room, keeping Einstein & our particle zoo,company.  I’m sure they will be spotted by the girls over the coming weeks. 

Mutant Spider

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Found in a cupboard in our physics lab, living next to the radioactive sources , one friendly slightly radioactive mutant spider. Just like students prefers the dark. Likes to hunt for chocolate & cake.
Actually, made for my friend & fellow physics teacher, I’ve got her a spider (& bug) vacuum as a little Christmas gift. She hates spiders, we like to get something small or silly we would not normally buy.

School centenary quilt

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The school quilt is finally finished, it’s been about a year since the start of the project.
I chose the Dresden plate block as your school badge is an aster. Our school colours are purple & green ( yes that’s right suffragette colours) with blue & white.
As you probably realise it’s a girls grammar school ( although we have a few boys in the sixth form)

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Mum & I have mainly worked on the quilt, although a few members of staff & sixth form ( mainly my physics set) put some quilting stitches in.
I’m really happy with the finished result. The last time the staff saw it we were quilting round the blocks. I just hope they like it at school, & all the hard work will be worth it.
Please excuse the photos the only place I could find to place it in good light was the conservatory sofa.

Geek-along: Harry Potter: Hufflepuff

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It’s been back to school/ work this week! So I thought the Harry Potter block completed while on vacation would be appropriate. I’ve hardly had time to think this week, only one development day ( meeting day without kids) then a gradual on start over Tuesday & all years in on Wednesday. I’ve already been a rebel this week & let my year 7’s (11yrs old) light Bunsen burners! A quote from one of my new keen year 7’s ” I told my Mum I carried ‘fire on a stick’ & lit a Bunsen burner & it was awesome !”
For those of you who are not science teachers ‘fire on a stick’ is a lighted splint, bless. I still haven’t even met all my classes yet, but I have some really great girls this year again. A few have already said next week I’ll show you what I made over the holidays, so will look forward to that.
Today is craft day for me, ( leave school stuff to tomorrow) now what shall I do first?