Education

Slackin’ slightly.

Firstly guys, thanks so much for your lovely comments and messages of support since I started teaching – they are all greatly appreciated!

Secondly, I apologize for my lack of posts.

I am absolutely exhausted! My lovely friend Helene stayed with me over the weekend before flying home to Lyon, so I had to play host. We spent the day in Winchester having coffee, rummaging through second hand book stores and buying friendship rings, which are gorgeous. Our day ended with a fantastic meal at a local pub in Ringwood, The Railway, which serves the best variety of burgers and pretty delicious wine. Technically, it was supposed to be to celebrate my new job offer, but since then I have turned it down.  Still, it was a lovely day!


The first two days of the week have gone by in a flash! Trying to find a job asap, trying to see my boyfriend despite him working 93248034283 hours a day and sorting out lesson plans. I’m already feeling pressured. Unfortunately, I must admit that my lessons did not go too well today. My intermediate class had covered what I had planned for them, and I wasn’t aware of this, and my elementary class seemed to run riot for no apparent reason. I absolutely love my elementary class, especially as I’ve taught them all for nearly four weeks now, but I swear to God they are giving me grey hair and wrinkles already. Fingers crossed they’ll settle down tomorrow.


Another extremely exciting thing is that the Headmaster wanted someone to run the summer newsletter this week, and as I piped up first, I got the job! It’s just a small student paper, but trying to get other teachers to ask their students to write or draw something for it has proved to be less than straight forward. So far we’ve got book / movie / music reviews and a few excursion reviews… if we’re printing it Thursday I need a hell of a lot more! (Keep your eyes pealed for the outcome…)

Finally, I’m just so desperate to read. Once Saturday rolls around I’ll be having a mega lie-in, staying in my PJs and reading two or three books. I can’t wait!

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Education, Uncategorized

Teaching – Feelin’ good on a Wednesday.

Firstly – has anyone seen the South Park episode with the song about Lorde? My boyfriend finds it absolutely hysterical and as he repeats it every few minutes, it’s been stuck in my head for absolutely days. Especially now that it’s Wednesday.

Ya ya ya, I am Lorde (Youtube link here)

Anyway, now that I’ve got that out of my system I thought I’d update you guys once again.

still haven’t heard back from any of my interviews and it’s driving me absolutely insane! I’m going out of my mind not knowing their decisions and can only hope for the best. Of course, I don’t want to leave my boyfriend behind, but at the same time I am so desperate for a change of scenery, a bit of excitement, some adventure.

Today I took on an extra options class at work, which was focused on ‘reading’ at an Upper Intermediate level. Jeez, these guys were good! I love reading, as you may have guessed, but it’s not exactly an easy skill to teach – is it? Thankfully they were a great class and hopefully they got something out of the lesson.

I am absolutely shattered. My brain is shutting down but with some smashed avo on toast and a cup of tea, I’m powering on. I’ve taken on an extra three hours of work tomorrow so I absolutely cannot let the students or my colleague down.

I asked my Intermediate class to write a poem for their homework, after teaching them about onomatopoeia, alliteration and rhyme today. I’m curious as to how they’ll turn out (stay tuned…)

I’d better catch some zzzs. It’s been a long week and it’s only Wednesday.

Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Death Angels Book Review

“Wild birds plow their way through the far reaches of space. How many never reach their final destination. But what difference does that make? They die free.”

Chief Inspector Erik Winter is a respected man based in Gothenburg, a man with a ‘more than meets the eye’ air about him in this first book of the series. Written in Swedish by Åke Edwardson, and translated into English by Ken Schubert, this detective / crime story has us grasping at straws for crimes to be solved before it’s too late. Winter flies over to London in attempt to team up with Detective Steve MacDonald, but can they push their differences aside and work together?     Continue reading “Death Angels Book Review”

Personal, Sheffield Life

Thriving Thursday.

What a rebel I am, not setting my alarm last night.

Luckily, I woke up early enough and managed to get myself ready in enough time and make myself some lunch and snacks. #GoClaire

I had my listening Chinese lecture in some maze of a building (Bartholome House) and it really was quite ridiculous. I must admit I struggled with it. Half the time I didn’t know what the lady was going on about, but I’ll get there.
Then I went to the job and volunteering fair with my lovely friend Maddy, put my email down for some great organisations.
 
Working hard.
Working hard.
We decided to have lunch, ate potato wedges and sat in the sunshine on the restaurant balcony and it was just beeeeeeeeeeeeeautiful. 
Maddy's were covered in cheese and bacon #omg
Maddy’s were covered in cheese and bacon #omg
Speaking class wasn’t too bad at all, the lady was two years younger than me. It’s insane, but she’s so sweet and quietly spoken. She said my pronunciation was excellent and I could even move up a level if I wanted to.
Then I went and wondered around town, looking for ‘Never Let Me Go‘ but Waterstone’s wanted £9.99 and WHSmith had none. Instead, I did something wonderfully exciting.
I have signed up to sponsor the most gorgeous little guide puppy called Dasher and he is just beautiful. I can’t wait to get all of my puppy updates!
Signing Up!
Signing Up!
Then I went to the One World cafe afternoon event, which is aimed at international students but hey, I’m pretty international. I turned up alone. (SO not something I would do). Met a really nice Japanese girl called Yuki, then we met Eduardo and Duman, and then we were joined by the lovely Taiwanese Jenny. We all just sat and drank coffee, ate cake and biscuits and laughed at the most random of things. Then we all did a quick facebook add. Such good fun!
Coffee, Tea, Cupcakes, Bourbons and new friends x
Coffee, Tea, Cupcakes, Bourbons and new friends x
Rushed off to babysit the most adorable little girl called Annie. She is unbelievably cute and even tucks her self in at night, with about 5 bears, tigers and kitties. 
Watching Frozen together
Watching Frozen together
Came home and had fajitas and a bit of a movie night with the housemate ladies, of course we watched Eastenders, Family Guy and finally 50 ways to kill your mammy. Talk about hilarious.
This was the best midnight snack.
This was the best midnight snack.
I am having the best time I’ve ever had in my life.
I’m just so stupidly happy.
                                  xo