It may surprise some people to realise that I am an expert procrastinator. What I mean is that I avoid doing many of the things that I want to do due to any number of reasons. Things such as keeping up to date with my blogging, reading, writing, and numerous other activities. And, yes, teaching does take up a significant amount of time but I use it as an excuse as well.(more…)
I love autumn. There is just something about the changing colours that brings me joy. It also helps that it’s not boiling hot and I am able to walk around and not sweat the minute I walk out in the morning. I’m all for that sweater weather – the autumn aesthetic. Not to mention coffee, crisp mornings, long nights.(more…)
I did it again. I spent this month writing 50 000 words for NaNoWriMo.
50 000 words.
Unlimited plot holes and mixed up timelines.
How is it nearly November again? Seriously.
I guess being a teacher means that time goes so much more quickly than I feel it has a right to. That being said, it’s heading into summer here in New Zealand which means it’s nearly the end of the year.
And, more importantly, it’s nearly time for NaNoWriMo.
50 000 words.
So much coffee. (more…)
…regular blogging. I get all excited and then I forget things and then this happens… Then again, I’m not that good at being regular… well that could be TMI.
In order to motivate myself to write more and take more time for me I actually paid for a domain name and everything…now that I’ve actually invested money in blogging maybe I’ll actually do something with it. I mean, I have been blogging on and off for the last fifteen plus years so I may as well try to make it more official. Or at least make myself feel a little bit guilty about putting money into something and then leaving it to collect dust.
The next thing is to figure out what I really want to do with this blog. If you click on the about page you’ll see that I’ve made a separate blog for my teaching. Partially because I want something else that I can write about than just teaching. I mean, I love teaching but I am more than just a teacher. I need a proper outlet for my geeky endeavours, right?
So, I am toying around with a few ideas. Some along the lines of more reviews – films, novels, shows etc.
I want to have more of my Five Things lists as well.
If there are any other things that you would like me to write about let me know.
In the meantime you’ll notice that the layout will be changing over the next few weeks while I figure out how I want my blog to look. I’m just fussy – I’ve already spent most of this afternoon fart assing around with the layout and I’m still not happy.
To tide you over here is a quick list of my current obsessions… (more…)
I have a bucket list. In fact, I have several bucket lists scattered around on bits of papers and in half written journals. Doesn’t everyone?
For the longest time my bucket list was pretty average. Go travelling, write a novel (I’m working on it) learn how to do a handstand (still working on that one as well) and fall in love (how freaking cliched…right? ahem … right? Still haven’t fallen in love so…). From all accounts it looked like my bucket list was just a random list of ideas…but, this weekend, I knocked something off my bucket list.
I did an adventure race.
Blank pages are always inviting to me. They hold so much information and nothing at the same time. It is up to me to fill them with my thoughts, words, drawings and ideas. Now, if I were being clever this would be the point where I would link this to teaching – my metaphor or simile on students and their potential. But, that’s not the main point of this first post. This is an introductory post – the one where I give you tidbits about me to make me appear interesting, fascinating and other such things but I always struggle to think of adjectives to describe me.
So, this morning, when I decided that I needed to dive into blogging again, I asked my friends on Facebook to write down a word that they’d use to describe me. Quirky was one of the words along with passionate, caring, nerdy. These are words that I’ve used when I’ve done a descriptive activity in my classes but others were mentioned: empathetic, thoughtful, private, eccentric, funny. Actually, every word (yes, even lickable) brought much amusement to me throughout today. But it almost made me stop and think about the labels that we give ourselves. I leave this as a prompt for further thought and actually dive into the purpose of this blog.
I was inspired by my friend (read her thoughtful and inspiring blog here: Miss Hamilton’s Flipping Classroom) to get back behind the keyboard.
The generalised aim of this blog is threefold:
One: To talk about teaching. I’m a high school English teacher and I’d like to share my thoughts and ideas on what I do on a daily basis.
Two: To talk about my favourite things which include most things geeky or nerdy. (And how I bring this into my classroom.)
Three: To talk about writing. (That old English teacher stereotype – teaching while dreaming of being an author.)
This is a way to help me with my work/life balance and to get me back into writing more frequently. Although, I am doing a little bit of writing every day as another friend challenged me to write a drabble a day which are theme based each month. Plus, it is a way to reflect on my teaching, which is important, and to document my thoughts.
To round this off or round it up here are five things about me:
- I was born and raised in New Zealand but have lived in London.
- I have had over eighteen operations for various things.
- I collect dinosaur toys and quirky mugs.
- My favourite musical is a three way tie between Spring Awakening, Wicked and Les Miserables.
- I have a TARDIS in my living room courtesy of my father, who built it for me two Christmases ago.
Finally, I offer you, dear readers, a challenge:
What are three words you’d use to describe yourself? Share them below and any questions you might have.
Peace and pancakes.