My blog is a little bit brighter at the moment; I think it’s heading in the right direction. I've decided that it’s not a good idea for me to compare my blog to the blogs of others. It’s best just to keep going and not to dwell. I still have some illustration work to finish tonight so I’ll work on that and then perhaps write another post. In my previous post I mentioned some work I was doing for a good cause, well the gofundme page is now open for donations if anyone is interested in raising money and awareness for mental health.
Yesterday, I managed to completely fill two of my white folders with maths and science resources. I organised them by topic rather than subject. It took me about eight hours to sort them all out and I still have two piles of paperwork to file before I start work again. I’ll probably go to Carrefour or Tesco tomorrow and buy some more folders. My boss and I were meant to meet today but we've rescheduled now so we’ll meet on Friday. I've got so many wonderful ideas for lessons and I think it’ll be easier this year as I'm more familiar with everything. There’s something rewarding about knowing you don’t have to worry about planning the special lessons because you've got most of them planned. I created three folders for Kids Clubs too, Halloween and Christmas in one, Easter and summer in another and the last one is for YLE clubs. The last one could do with being split into three so that I have individual activity folders for Starters, Movers and Flyers (Cambridge Exams).
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm a big fan of stickers. My family even brought some over for me on my birthday. My laptop is covered in stickers and although I sometimes prefer to keep them in their packets, working in education and seeing how much students (even the older ones) love stickers makes me so happy as I remember how much I used to love stickers too. I collected them for a while; it was a popular hobby when I was at school. I'd always have at least one "furry" sticker and one "shiny" sticker. The luckiest had brand new Lisa Frank collections. Admittedly, I used to pretend the stickers from bananas and apples were rare in the hope that I could swap them for a multicoloured puppy or dolphin. Unfortunately, it wasn't as popular in the UK as it was in the Middle East.
I noticed however that when you’re using stickers from various packets, you often end up with a few odd ones here and there so I decided to peel the left over ones from each packet, take a large empty sticker sheet and add the left overs to that one. I'm think the mix and match sticker sheet works quite well. One of the things I liked most about supermarkets in Taiwan was the absolutely brilliant supply of stickers and stationary (a lot of the stickers are from Korea). I think I’ll do a Taiwanese card and/or sticker giveaway at some point, an international one so that no one gets left out. I always feel a bit sad when giveaways are only based in the UK. I could use my parents address but then they’d have to send things on to Poland for me and I wouldn't feel right doing that.