I haven’t posted anything for a while. I still have half a book review to complete. The reason for my lack of posts is simple, due to a series of unrelated incidents at work, I’ve been kept occupied. Schedules changing, university starting, new staff arriving, I’ve barely had time to think. I haven't been involved in any Twitter chats for a while either, I'm experiencing a creeping sense of isolation from within the blogging community.
On Monday, I started my PhD; I sat through my first lecture (logic) and a seminar on hermeneutics (I need to plan a presentation for next time). It went well, although, I realised that moving to Taiwan and then onto Poland straight after my MA may have caused me to forget a great deal of information I once considered of the highest importance; mainly the names of curators, directors, philosophers, institutions and everything else of significant relevance. I admitted to being better at writing than speaking, I am. As a teacher, I plan what I’m going to say and what I’m about to talk about meticulously. So, when a professor asks me to talk about myself, my anxiety kicks in and I blurt out how nervous I am before babbling on about everyone who has every written anything about art. Embarrassment level complete, I now feel intellectually inadequate and have to deal with this by making sure I read (and understand) all of the recommended texts for the course and figure out how to discuss them in a concise manner.
I’ve started working at a new school (as well as my old one) as part of the Primary Academy initiative. I taught there yesterday and although it wasn’t my first time teaching there (cover lessons), it was the first time I had my own classes. Maths and Science first lessons can be difficult when you don’t know what the students learned previously, one class had a full register of information, the other didn’t. I taught dinosaurs, it’s my go to first lesson for these subjects. Dinosaur Maths is especially fun as they relate it to dinosaur Science and enjoy it more than they would if it was just a regular Maths lesson. I taught Class 2 and 4, of course using easier (and less) material for Class 2. The projector didn’t work in the Class 2 room which was quite frustrating. They’ve removed a cable from it, on purpose I believe. Teaching Class 2 without songs or video clips can be a little frustrating. I managed to get them to sit in front of a laptop on cushions so we could watch the dinosaur songs from Storybots (YouTube).
My Kawaii Box giveaway was a success, congratulations to Sarah from the blog Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns! If you’re interested in learning more about Kawaii Box, please click here. I have also been sent a coupon from Pinky Paradise, they have 50% off all circle lenses before Halloween. I also have a number of subscription boxes arriving (woo, free stuff) so expect more unboxing and review posts in the future.
If anyone would like to write a guest post for me, or would like me to write a guest post for you, please leave your details in the comments or contact me via email. I recently moved to Diqus comments and lost a number of my old comments so hopefully it's worth it (being able to post GIFs is already a plus).