We’re almost there. Today I had my lesson observed, and bless my Year 8. They are normally as fractious as the Colombian footy team (actually, slightly worse), but they were pretty much as good as gold. I taught some things, they learnt some things and we were all as happy as Larry at the end of the 50 minutes. Doubtless my boss will have found 5 things where I could do better, but what he won’t know is how little I normally achieve. There’s only so much teaching you can do in riot gear, a helmet, shield and a truncheon.
Of course, it couldn’t last. After lunch my Year 7s came in for the first of two end of year tests. Mmmmm. Would three of them shut up? Would they? How about, ‘everyone else wants quiet so that they can work on their test…’ Really? Am I bovered….? Obviously not. So one was booted out and put in detention. I just don’t get it. Sorry, I don’t.
On the way out to go home I bumped into an old pal of mine from my previous school. He was accompanying a woman I didn’t recognise. Anyhow, he asked me how it was and I gave him both barrels. In a constructive way, of course. It turns out the woman was the new head. Oh well….
Book stuff. I’m waiting for the final proof, which should be here on Friday – the aim is still to publish on Monday. A quick read and then, after an email from ‘a fan’, I have agreed to sign the proof and send it to them so they get the first paperback. And another ‘fan’ has asked for an e-book copy early so that they can take it away with them as they leave for Italy on Saturday. No problem! I love it when people get in touch.
For the record publishing has been considerably cheaper this time round. You may remember that I used a firm to publish The Innocence of Trust. I paid a good wodge of cash for not a great job – they had to republish straight away after the original threw up far too many errors. I have only just, by the way, started to make a profit on TIOT. But all I need to do for FGMTDN is sell about 200 books to make a profit. I hope I can pull that off reasonably soon.
Well, that’s it for me. 2.5 weeks to go. That might just be manageable….