New year, new challenges


It has been so long since I’ve blogged I’ve forgotten why I’m blogging. I think I began with the idea that it was a useful thing to do given the arrival of Laptops for every year 9 student and a feeling that I would like to share my experience with others. After 30 years of teaching, mortality and dementia may become an issue. The English Companion Ning has largely filled the latter need and I’m not sure  I will even use blogging with the laptops. I read a lot of blogs and really enjoy them and they certainly stimulate my thinking quite a bit. So, I’m thinking that I may need to rethink the nature of my blogs and allow myself the freedom to blog on whatever is occupying my thinking at the time.

I haven’t done much with technology at all these holidays, for which my T4 vertebrae is very thankful. Not by choice – Internet Explorer bugs were just too annoying. Finally this week I went back to Firefox. One thing I didn’t do was find a web hosting site for my website and this may take  some time to sort out.  I’m determined this year to be selective about what I can manage.

School holidays are nearing their end, always a week before I’m really ready to a) think about school or b) do any of the things I need to do before school goes back. After a hectic three weeks of family and social stuff I finally managed to spend some time just reading and relaxing – read lots of crime fiction and fantasy and spent some quality time with the dog, husband, pool and garden. It’s our 33rd Wedding Anniversary today and we are going to see Avatar at the local cinema. He is being very generous since he has no interest in SF or Fantasy at all. At the back of my mind all through the holidays I’ve been worrying about our HSC results in 2009. They weren’t what I was expecting and I’ve had lots of moments of extreme self doubt followed my optimism and ideas for ‘doing better next time’. I’m also going to seek professional help since I have a tendency to think I know what I’m doing and  I feel I need to check with somebody independent. Whatever happens I will overcome the glooms and return to school with a vision and a plan. Bit like a marriage really.

About lyntiernan

I teach kids. Mostly English but sometimes good manners, how to have fun learning, that you are never too old to learn something new, that we all make mistakes and what we do about mistakes is who we become, that the future is not some place we are going to but a place we are creating and... I like learning and adapting new technology in the classroom I'm good with my new IWB, websites and email but hopeless with mobile phones!

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