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This is my excited face :DDDD

Posted on 2008.12.12 at 13:49
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For the first time since July 2006, I am gainfully EMPLOYED! :D

A maternity cover post has come up at my sons' school, and I'm in! It's a year 1 post (5-6 yrs), which is a bit younger than my real strong area, but I've done it before and it'll be fine.

It's like the BEST school in the whole world! The atmosphere is wonderful - the Head is one of these proper caring types who knows each child individually and loves them all, and it has the effect of making everyone friendly, happy, motivated. I wasn't quite looking to go back to work for another year or so, but this was just too good an opportunity to pass up. (Having said that, the Y1 teacher I'm covering for is on her 6th child now, so it was only a matter of time!)

So that's me sorted for a proper holiday in the summer. Italy, I think. :D

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Strike while the irony is hot
draycevixen at 2008-12-12 15:02 (UTC) (Link)

This is my excited face, being excited for you! Great news and what sounds like a wonderful work environment. Bloody brilliant. *dances* *twirls you* *dips you* The dip was for me... *g*

Ah, Italy... *mind wanders off*
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 15:50 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks - I'm pretty thrilled! :D My only regret is that the interview panel didn't question me about my strategies for teaching writing. I'd have loved to see their faces when I expounded my theory about incorporating fanfiction into the curriculum!
Strike while the irony is hot
draycevixen at 2008-12-12 15:59 (UTC) (Link)

*g* I'm always amazed by how many people have written ff without even knowing it.

The OH is a writer -- the real talent in the family -- and when I first explained ff to him he told me that when he was six he'd written a story about Gilligan's Island, an American TV show.

It would probably work really well as a way to get kids interested in writing.

I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 17:04 (UTC) (Link)
I'm always amazed by how many people have written ff without even knowing it.

David Tennant, for one. At least, he said something on one of the S4 extras - along the lines of how awesome it was to be part of this huge phenomenon that they all used to write about at school - that definitely suggested he has ff history! You can imagine my squeefulness. :D

I genuinely do think there is a place for ff in Literacy teaching (a fantastic way of studying characterisation and setting, for a start). And I seriously intend to try it out if I ever get back into working with children whose writing skills extend beyond three-letter words and practising letter formation!
Hambel
hambelandjemima at 2008-12-12 17:26 (UTC) (Link)
My no.2 son writes ff (he's a Year 8) and no.3 son (a Year 2) started a Dr Who story the other day. It certainly has its place in our household :D
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 17:43 (UTC) (Link)
Good for them! That's excellent. I'm working on my eldest (Year 3) - he's quite keen on the idea but hasn't done it yet. I'd definitely be prepared to teach it to Year 2 - it's just a variation on what they already do (read fairy tales/Roald Dahl/poetry, explore and recreate the style).

Hambel
hambelandjemima at 2008-12-13 00:40 (UTC) (Link)
Also, I got booted off the pooter before I'd finished. How rude!

Congrats on your new post. It sounds a great school and your sons are at the age where it won't be embarrassing to have mum at school with them :)
Callisto
callistosh65 at 2008-12-12 15:10 (UTC) (Link)
Yay!!! Sounds wonderful. Congratulations!!
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 15:52 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! (I'm trying not to think too hard about the early mornings and endless planning!)
Cooper West
mikes_grrl at 2008-12-12 15:28 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! That sounds like hell wonderful! Good for you better you than me!

...seriously, that does sound wonderful. I'm so happy you got something you wanted and that you will enjoy! I admire people who work with children a lot, a huge amount, because I simply can't. So you have my congratulations AND admiration! win win!!!

*hugs*
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 15:54 (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I think the world divides pretty neatly into those who really get off on working with kids (in the good way, obviously!) and those who find the concept utterly appalling. Luckily, given my chosen profession, I fall into the first lot! :D

Thank you. *hugs back*
msmoat
msmoat at 2008-12-12 16:24 (UTC) (Link)
Hey, congratulations. Isn't it great when opportunities just present themselves? This sounds like such a great place to work, too. All the best!
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 16:54 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Yeah, all that and I didn't have to go job-hunting! Definitely a result. Life does seem to have a strange way of providing the right things at the right times if you let it.

Are you feeling better now? All packed and ready for the off? You realise it's crappy weather over here - I've been wearing two pairs of trousers (concurrently) for several weeks now!
msmoat
msmoat at 2008-12-12 17:00 (UTC) (Link)
My cold is, unfortunately, hanging on. But I shall bring medications with me and hope for the best. No packing as of yet, but that's what the weekend is for. *g* (Uh, no coda, either, most likely. ::hangs head::)

As for the weather...it is...hang on, let me convert it to your style of temperatures...-16 here (4 F) right now. You can't scare me. *g*

So when do you start with this job, anyway?
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 17:08 (UTC) (Link)
...-16 here (4 F) right now. You can't scare me. *g*

Huh. Fair enough, you win the 'I'm colder than you' game for today! :) Bring some sunblock and a bikini, then!

The job starts when term starts again, so 4th January or thereabouts. It's fair to say the school have left this appointment till the last minute! And the contract runs till mid-September, by which time I hope to have built up enough in the bank to have another year off!
magenta_blue
magenta_blue at 2008-12-12 17:12 (UTC) (Link)
Whoop! *does the Snoopy dance of happiness*

Well done, that's great! When do you start? I'm very happy for you, it is always great when things work out and the new place has such a great atmosphere. And your son's school - will you be teaching his class? And as for Italy - oh wouldn't that be lovely, sunshine and sandcastles... *g*
I, being poor, have only my dreams.
bistokids at 2008-12-12 17:49 (UTC) (Link)
*pictures Mags doing Snoopy dance*

You know, that suits you! :D

I won't be teaching either of them, and I'm fairly happy about that, on balance. There are several teachers at the school who have children there, which I always think is a good sign - I liked my last school, but no way on God's green earth would I have considered sending one of my kids there!

I've been raving to the boys about Italy for ages, and I'm so excited that I can take them over. First pay goes in, I'll be online looking for flights and houses! :DD
vic
saintvic at 2008-12-12 19:09 (UTC) (Link)
*dances happily*

This is absolutely wonderful news and it sounds like a great place to work as well. If a school environment is like that then it makes a huge difference to the children and the people who work there.

Congratulations *throws streamers*
Mrs Tufty
fawsley at 2008-12-12 19:30 (UTC) (Link)
Fantastic news! Congratulations!
First Vic, then Drayce, now you - it's so lovely to hear some good employment news in the current climate.
*hugs*
birggitt
birggitt at 2008-12-12 20:00 (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful! Congratulations :)
And it looks like a great work, YAY you!
kiwisue
kiwisue at 2008-12-13 12:33 (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations!
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