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  1. Yep, last year I covered a teacher on maternity leave from October until the end of the penultimate week of the Summer Term in July. Then she returned for the last week for the benefits and summer pay... I buggered off to South America for a few months...
  2. Well, most schools have the policy that they are allowed in lessons so long as they are turned off (which invariably, in the case of phones, they are not) and out of sight. My point is that trying to confiscate one of the damned things will result in a massive argument and slanging match that could quite easily take 20 minutes out of your lesson, thus disrupting the learning for the better members of the class. Now I realise that it is easy from the outside to infer that the teacher should simply enforce the rules. However, we are not in the military here. Tell me, if some 15 year old girl flatly refuses to give you the phone, what do you do? You can't touch the bag, you can't argue, you can't shout. The result would be receiving a mass of vitriol that exacerbates the situation. The only recourse is to follow it up with the senior teachers after the lesson. However, having to do this simply backs up the point of how much work, time and energy goes into simply enforcing a rule on phones/ipods.
  3. Ahh yes, confiscation...Most of the time I just have to emply a softly softly approach of ; 'please turn it off so that I don'y have to take it off you'. Actually, when you think about it, the increase in low level disruption over the last 10 years coincides quite obviously with the prevelance of phones and ipods in the classroom. It's actually amazing how some classes are completely different if you have a lesson using laptops/PCs too. Another point, regarding teaching careers. I go in a lot of schools and am really struck by the number of 'bright young things' who think that they are somehow the saviours of the world. I particularly find that 20 something year old female English teachers purvey an absolute arrogance. We are actually breeding a new generation of teachers of the Sex and the City generation who themselves think they are 'worth it'.
  4. "In the (almost) 10 years I have been teaching I have seen the behaviour at a "good" school get slowly worse. Don't get me wrong, I don't get chairs chucked at me or punched in the face, but the job is becoming more difficult because the kids attention spans are getting shorter and shorter and low level disruption increases year on year. Every new year 7 (first year) is getting more and more difficult. They can't sit still. They can't be quiet for more than 2 minutes. They're more interested in their social lives than in being educated. They'll try and listen to their iPod or text on their phone when you're teaching. They'll have full blown conversations with their mates when you're talking to them about their work. They try to be smartarses with smartarse comments. It's the slow drip drip of low level disruption that grinds teachers down." You've hit the nail on the head here. I do lots of supply/substitute teaching (through choice). I am presently covering a teacher for several weeks whilst he sorts out the ubiquitous 'bad back'. The major problem that I have is simply to get them to shut up at the start of the lesson. It is difficult to actually teach (i.e. talk) for 1 minute without being interrupted, or without having to ask someone to turn around, take the earphones out, stop looking at the phone, stop tapping the pen etc etc. This attempted enforcement of basic standards is usually met with a tirade of smartarse comments regarding the consistencies of what I'm requesting. They think that they know it all. I am talking about top-sets as well as the empty-heads. I also generally find that the girls are worse. In short, the enforcement of basic behaviour is an absolute battle every day. In addition the nature of the school requires that I teach with a SEAL aproach, effectively meaning that I put a metaphorical arm around those who are abusing me, as it's not their fault that they come from a damaged background. I wouldn't say that the good kids make it worthwhile as such, but they do compensate and have the ability to bring a smile to your face during difficult moments...
  5. They can hardly make enough to support the running of the plastic bowl stadiums and their infrastructure. See, that was one thing about having a brick wall to pee on, and a basic kiosk to sell bovril (oh ok, or shandy for you) - they demanded no upkeep!! The other thing of course is wages. It's sooooo like houseprices - the wages (prices) at the top get inflated by those who probably can support then in the short-term, then everyone else has to pay higher wages (prices) that they simply cannot afford, just to try and keep up and appear ambitious. It works for a while, then the cracks begin to show, football clubs go bankrupt, home-owners can't keep up the payments... As Platini said in a paper today: "What happens when the TV money stops"????? Night night Jazz
  6. Different times though wasn't it? I remember you beating Walsall 7-0 away in 1988/89 (after you had been relegated by some DNB team ). David Speedie - proper old school! Played for Darlo actually (another team about to be liquidated into oblivion this week by a callous 'businessman' - what the hell are we doing to our community and culture for a quick quid??? )
  7. Yeah, I teach kids who quite honestly either crack me up with their down-to-earthness, or astound me with their good-heartedness or intelligence. Seriously...
  8. Yeah, in some ways I have sympathy for old skool Chelsea fans. I mean, we got to the UEFA cup final based on spending unsustainable wages and playing bland football - yet I'm perversely looking forward to our impending relegation, just to bring some spark, competiteveness and reality back to the whole thing. Kind of back to what we always were - a yo-yo club. Premier league Football in England - outside of the top 4 - is dead my friend. Believe me - negative, over-priced, sopophoric, fearful and bland. So again, what DID I like about Britain? When sport was competitive!!! I do feel sometimes that we are clinging onto a Britain that 'was' rather than 'is'. Jazz
  9. Haha - it's important to make the most of what you've got. And you wonder why we call you a 'Town Full of Rent Boys'. At least we beat you in 1988. I just have the memory as a 12 year old, of the Chelsea fans in the play off first leg at AP, shaking wads in the air shouting "loadsamoney", whilst unemployment on Teesside was 20+%. Sums up Chelsea for me, brash and crass. Some things never change. Oh, and of course they had to throw stones at the Boro fans after the second leg. Bad losers. Oh yeah...some things never change As for 1997....it's not personal....but that was just a bad week....and over and done with after 43 seconds. Never felt so sick... Another great British thing. Football rivalry going back yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaarsss!!!! Just jesting by the way BAREBEAR Jazz
  10. This could fit into my personal 'What DID you like about Britain 15 years ago?' I would have said standing on the terraces at Ayresome Park or Feethams with the smell of bovril, and peeing on a brick wall, standing with my dad in 'our spot'. Sadly, much of what was authentic has become plastic and over-priced (not just here, I was shocked at the ticket prices in Spain on a recent trip) - it's best to go to Argentina or Colombia if you want some raw human passion... Oh, and I hate Chelsea for 1988, 1990, 1997 and 1998. If you're a true Chelsea fan you might know why! Jazz
  11. I'm finding it increasingly difficult to rationalise and correlate news pertaining to 'recovereh' with what's happening on the ground. Teesside is finished I also find it amazing that people still bang on about the problem being that "we don't make anything anymore", yet here in an area where manufacturing still exists, we're still being decimated. Jazz
  12. Anybody else looking in this area? Anybody else thinking that prices at the bottom end just don't seem to be going down? I really don't get it. This is an area where an average 3 bedroomed suburban semi sold for £50K in 2001, and now they are still marketed at £150K+. There has been very little discernible improvement in the economy in the last 10 years. If anything, with today's news about Corus, it's now worse! Surely there is going to be absolute carnage here soon in terms of house prices? Jazz
  13. Some local opinions Some good local opinions on here, including verbal trashing of local MP Stuart Bell who has been spending all day defending expenses claims whilst the heart of his constituency is having the final nails hammered into it..
  14. You see, as a Tesseider by birth you're allowed to get away with that with a mere chuckle as a response. If it was the London Evening Standard then 'there'd be 'ell on'! Syaing that, it's a tradition of some 'Boro fans to wear white indsutrial suits and mock breathing apparatus at away games
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