Long Time No Write!

Hi all! I’m so sorry that it’s been so long since my last post! I’d almost forgotten about this blog to be honest. A lot has happened since I last wrote on here.

I went through a bit of a rough patch at work last autumn/winter. I did badly in a couple of observations and that triggered a lot of drop-ins and an intervention period. I’m not going to lie – it was horrible. I hated going to work. I was so unhappy. I eventually left the school in the Spring term and started a new job after Easter.

My new school is about 5 minutes from my house so my morning commute is a lot easier! The Science department is great – very supportive. I’ve only had one proper observation during the whole term. A few members of SLT popped in from time to time, but nothing official. All of my classes were small intervention groups, which was a nice way to settle into a new school. I’ll have full classes from September.

The only major problem with the job is that I’m on a one-year contract to start with; the uncertainty is a tad unsettling and it means we can’t get a bigger mortgage until I’m made permanent. I’m finding this very frustrating as we can’t really get a dog or have a baby until we move to a house with a garden. One of my best friends is due to have her first baby in a couple of weeks time, and I’m more than a bit envious.

Of course the other obstacle stopping us from starting a family is my medication. The effects of quetiapine on babies¬†in utero¬†are not well documented but my GP has advised that I’m fully off it before trying for a baby, so that’s the plan. Last year, after my episode before our wedding, I reduced my dosage from 300 to 200mg but there’s still a way to go. My plan is to keep on my current dosage until at least October half term; I don’t want to decrease it when work will potentially get more stressful than it has been.

So that’s what’s been happening with me! At the moment I’m enjoying the summer holidays. I go away on a Mediterranean cruise a week tomorrow for a fortnight – can’t wait!

Procrastination

I have many skills; I am a master at procrastination. I can always think of something to do rather than work. Blogging is a good example of this. I’ve sat down with a cup of tea to plan some lessons for the first week back, and instead I’ve opened up WordPress and started writing this post. I’ve also tidied the dining table – it’s a permanent mess – ahead of my parents coming for dinner tomorrow evening, watched Tattoo Fixers and continued to pack for our cruise on Sunday.

This is the first time I’ve sat down to do work this holiday, and I’m proud of that. Despite what the general public and the media seem to think, we teachers deserve this long summer break – we work damn hard during term time. My Head of Department recognised this and point-blank refused to give us our Year 10 controlled assessments to work over the summer. Aside from a few lessons to plan I won’t be doing anything else; our new GCSE and Year 8 schemes of work were completed before the summer holidays.

I’m going away on Sunday for two weeks, then the day after I get back I’m off to Cambridge for a Sutton Trust residential. I’ll get the majority of my work done after I get back – I’ll probably go into work as I’ll get more done there – fewer distractions! And with that… work is calling!ahh-procrastination