Category: Reflections

BELONG - RESPECT - ACHIEVE - ASPIRE

As I was Listening

‘We can not change the cards we are dealt, just the way we play the hand.’ Taken from Randy Pausch’s presentation ‘Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.’ Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at his University Sept. 18, 2007. In his moving talk, Pausch talked about his…
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26 Mar ’08 0

Memories

This is not a typical post. I am not writing about work but why I work in education. Half term was great til Tuesday…. wednesday through Saturday I was struggling with a cold, today was the first day I felt a little better and its back to the grind stone tomorrow. Still, too much to…
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24 Feb ’08 0

In an Effort to Keep Saturday Think Free

Visited the Year 8 tutor room on wednesday. Tutor was very helpful. We move forward on this issue. I want to leave the weekend for thinking. For planning and reflection. So this is my weekly wrap up. Every other thursday I get to spend some quality time do important jobs. Today start with cover, which…
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7 Feb ’08 0

Looking up a Mountain

Now in my third week, I have noticed that my mistakes or poor judgments appear more prominent in my reflections than the successes. Is this an issue of my personality or is it typical for middle leaders? Two major points, one a memo that I failed to followup for a SLT meeting and the second…
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26 Jan ’08 0

How to Assess Progress

So a summary of the week is required, but how do you assess progress and in which areas? I have had a large white board put up in my office, on it I record the key jobs for the week and monitor my daily duties in three areas. Teaching, Administration and Network. I am not…
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19 Jan ’08 0

First Impressions

I have now spent two days at Hamble. I felt that it was important to reflect on both the Department and the teaching experience. Leadership The first two days incorporated a series of small but significant challenges, including get the physical environment structured, removal of unused hardware, locks, keys, chairs, noticeboards, office, timetables…. There are…
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5 Jan ’08 0