"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."

~Neale Donald Walsch~

Friday, 25 November 2011

The end of an era

Yet again this week has proved to be full of surprises. I had another call from TAFE and they want me to work 3 days next year. Very exciting. I bought an epad recently (a device that makes the whiteboard interactive any where in the room). The pen didn't dock properly and recharge so I asked for a replacement. After 8 weeks they finally sent one. In the meantime the faulty one fixed itself. So I asked what to do. They told me that branch of the company had been sold in the last 8 weeks and I could do with it what I want. So now I have a spare $400 epad for free. Not sure what I am going to do with it.

I have spent quite a lot of time thinking about next year and all things new and feel excited and a little apprehensive as well. I have been so focused for the last 14 years on teaching teenagers and now I am leaving that behind to teach adults. I have been enjoying my Cert IV and I have found myself thinking in a rather different frame of mind when planning lessons for adults.

There are so many things that will change next year. I think it will be nice to not get spit balls in the back of the head. I really do love teenagers and I love the way they view and discover the world. I will miss their quirky ways and our belly laugh sessions. I will miss the buzz of school and all that goes with it. I will not miss playground duty, year 8 Chinese last period on a Friday, school sport, running detentions and school politics. So I have been reflecting a little off late on the huge change that will occur next year.

If you have seen the movie Julie and Julia you will understand what I am about to tell you next. I checked my Blog stats and found I have had 116 reads on my Blog. I can't believe my wonderful family and friends are supporting me all way on my new venture. I seriously didn't think anybody would read it. Thankyou everyone for your encouraging words and support.

As for next week I have a few things I should follow up. I need to get the website really going so I hope to get started on that. I have a student course to run for Year 10 on Thursday and next Monday I am running one of my Teacher courses. Am excited about that. Another faculty member has asked for some techno tips in the hols. Really glad for the experience and feedback from my good friends at work. I do however have to finish writing all the course notes for Monday so I had better get my skates on. I want to have all the course work for my Cert IV finished by next week so the last thing I have to do is video tape a session of me teaching teachers a new skill. I am hoping to do this on the Monday course and then I will be finished. Well all of that sounds very ambitious doesn't it. I wonder if I can get some sleep in there somewhere.

Keep smiling, I know I am,

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