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14 Apr 2015

Moving...

So, I've decided to move to tumblr purely for the fact that it would be a lot easier to keep in touch and update.  Have to say, I've learnt a lot of things as a trainee teacher and (if someone thinks I'm capable enough to actually be responsible for my own classroom) future class teacher.  But the one thing I've learnt, probably the most important lesson...

I have said goodbye to my free time and said hello the next 100 years of 20% teaching and 80% paperwork.

Don't get me wrong, I have absolutely LOVED my course.  I love teaching.  It's the best thing ever and doing this course to get qualified has been the best decision I have ever made.  And weirdly enough, I love planning.  I'm just saying the reality of what I'm doing.  It's a lot of work.  My day involves teaching the children and then spending my lunch hour and time at home, writing up observations, evaluating my teaching and the children's learning, changing any lessons plans if necessary, reflecting, assessing children so far... the list goes on and on.

As a sacrifice it has meant I've been unable to keep the dust and cobwebs of this tiny little nook but I've been playing around with tumblr and getting to know it... and I like it.  I can still look like I'm alive simply by reblogging something.  It means all I have to do is review on goodreads and link without having to do another blog post where I'm just repeating myself.  It seems like it would save a lot of time that I have to put towards my teaching career.

So... in the future, you'll see me geeking out here: http://robinkate.tumblr.com/

I'm going to keep this blog up here because I'm not going to transfer everything I've posted to tumblr.  Nor do I want to delete everything because it's been almost four amazing years of meeting amazing writers and I don't want to toss that away.  But if you have tumblr, feel free to add me and I'll see you at the dark side!

28 Jan 2015

What's Up Wednesday


What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals.

WHAT I'M READING
Finished The Woman in Black: Angel of Death a week or so ago.  Overall, I quite liked it and thought
the film was also quite good as well.  Definitely a lot of tense, jumpy moments and the scenes I thought would transfer well from page to screen met my expectations.  The writing was probably not as great as Susan Hill herself but it was a decent sequel.  Now I've moved onto another paranormal called The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring.

WHAT I'M WRITING (+ ONE WRITING GOAL)
Did a little bit more writing on a chapter for supernatural university WiP.  Not a lot but I managed to have a little bit of time to add more.  Again, no writing goals because I can only write when I can. 

WHAT WORKS FOR ME
Not making any goals when it comes to reading and writing.  When there's teaching and uni work to fit in, making writing and reading another set of goals that have to be done I'm just going to stress myself out.  Fitting it whenever I can takes away some pressure away.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW
I've been teaching year two for two weeks now.  I had one of my mentor observations today for maths and last week my link tutor from the uni came to do an observation for literacy last week.  The link tutor observation is by far the scariest every time but both lessons went well and I got graded a 2 last week and this week.  Observation grades sort of follow Ofsted grades.  So I'm a 'good'! Yay! The school still isn't on my list of favourite schools to work in but at least the teaching is going well and I'm passing so far. :)

7 Jan 2015

What's Up Wednesday

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk. Perfect for readers and writers who want to share what they've been up to on a weekly basis and right now the place to share your goals.

WHAT I'M READING

Over Christmas I read the sequel to The Woman in Black called Angel of Death.  Overall I quite liked it and I'm more eager to see the film now.  There were quite a few parts that I can see being jumpy on screen so looking forward to seeing that.  It doesn't beat the original book of course and it's a shame it wasn't written by the same authour but this one did a good job of sticking to the ghostly creepy.  At times it did fall a bit flat on really setting that spooky atmosphere but still an enjoyable read and I got quite hooked into it.  Full review to follow.

I haven't chosen a new book yet to read so looking forward to doing that this weekend.  I always find that the most exciting part! ^^

WHAT I'M WRITING (+ ONE WRITING GOAL)

I'm quite pleased with myself because over the holidays I took some time to write.  I decided to keep going with the NA supernatural university WiP but doing it long hand.  I won't make any writing goals though because I honestly don't know if I'd have any time to keep going this week when I have quite a few assessments to complete.

WHAT WORKS FOR ME

Long hand seems to working.  Sometimes a word document on the computer screen can be daunting and I definitely find it easier to sit down with a notebook and write.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Honestly, not a lot.  It's been back to placement this week and starting to get prepared to start teaching.  Have to admit, not enjoying this school, the children, or the staff but hey ho.