Woke up this morning to the glorious sight of rain, wind and a temperature below that which fuses hydrogen and helium in the middle of the sun. Never again will I complain about the weather at home!
As you have probably deduced from my last few posts, teaching is starting to grate a little. It is in this spirit that I have designed a number of exciting and educational lessons that revolve around showing children’s television programmes: Mr. Bean, Tom & Jerry and Wallace & Gromit to name just a few. Until now I have been unable to connect my laptop to the televisions in each classroom; however after a trip to the digital market today, I am now the proud owner of said connection device. This was after some pointing, a lot of broken Chinese, and some very poor haggling on my part (I did manage to get the shop owner to throw in a free cable, but I still can’t notch this up in the win column). Although as I told myself on the walk home, ‘You really can’t put a price on children’s education’.
Every week at school we have a group meeting where notices are handed out and various people praised, or in the case of bad homework marks – told off. This week was my turn (for praise I mean): I was mentioned for my exemplary work changing the water in the cooler every few days. I was a little embarrassed for two reasons:
1) Changing the water takes a maximum of 10 seconds, depending on whether I struggle taking the cap off or not – so hardly a lot of effort.
2) Being an office full of women, I tend to wait until everyone is present before I step up and pretend to be the quintessential English gentleman. Not an act of altruism either.
However this embarrassment quickly vanished when I discovered I hadn’t won a prize for being in the Top 10 English teachers in our school. I’d like to think it was because I am new and the children don’t really know my name yet, so I shall be asking all my classes from now on whether they voted for me. Each winner received a microphone and speaker attachment, which I thought was rather generous given the circumstances – I lift a 20l water barrel every other day and I don’t get a prize. Oh the injustice.
On a more positive note, today was payday, which always seems to make the world a brighter place. I must remember not to put it all in the bank and then lose my ATM card again…..