For a start I no longer feel out of control in the classroom. Early on, with the maelstrom that is some of the students I teach, I spent far too long bringing them to order rather than teaching the rest of the class. Now the balance has been redressed; I’m actually teaching. The three or four kids in each class who are complicated are either on board, or know when I’ve had enough. And then, if they persist, they’re out of the class and into the behavioural room. Perfect. I know it’s not going to be plain sailing, but at least I’m no longer tempted to run to the gents and have a good cry. It’s only taken 4 weeks. Is that good or bad?
And, to be topical, at times it’s a good job I’m not armed…
I’ve also continued with my mentoring – with a senior deputy head at a public school in Berkshire. We traveled there on Friday, on the way to Mary’s and then onto my M&D’s (where we are now). I have to say the 2 hour session wasn’t long enough, and I’m looking forward to going back in a few weeks time to continue the motion. Again – here is somewhere I do feel I can make a difference. The business, ‘Compassionate Leadership‘, isn’t something I pressed hard over the past two years, but if I don’t continue teaching in September – and that is looking likely – then it’s another avenue I can pursue. This time I’ll work harder at spreading the word and see what happens.
And then there’s Jen’s business – Cubbly’s. Wow. Easily in profit (even having spent £1000 on sewing equipment) after just a month, and still growing. I’ve taken on doing her books, with Google Form and spreadsheet. We’ll have to look at a proper booking keeping package soon if orders continue apace. I have to say I’m v excited for her – and we’re already talking about going into business together in the summer. She’s the perfect face for the business. But she can’t do it all. We’ll see.
So that’s an update from us. I’m still not feeling my best, so I’m looking to get a doctor’s appointment tomorrow. I think it’s this virus thing that’s doggedly holding on. I don’t think I’m alone. Let’s hope Doctor-McDoc-face has an appropriate cream for me.
Have a good week.