Sunday, 8 July 2012

Weekly Snippets {week 28}

Well it's been a fairly quiet, but mostly enjoyable week. 

I'll get my moan out of the way first.  After finishing my reports ready to email out next week, head office emailed a new template for us to use for the reports this year.  Why they think sending it so late in the term gave us enough time to complete the reports, I have no idea. I now have to transfer the info from the old template to the new.  It's very time consuming and a total waste of my time.  I'm fuming!!  I'm sure lots of the other tutors will be complaining as well.

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I've had Lauren with me all week for her work experience and I've really enjoyed her company.  She's been a great help and I've got lots of my preparation for next school year done - all those things I intend to do but never have the time.  She's made me a new set of musical flashcards and produced some new handbell music and she's been very active helping in the lessons.  She never learned to play the recorder when she was younger so I taught her the first five notes on Monday and she's been joining in all the recorder lessons and clubs, supporting the younger children like she's been doing it all her life.  It's been lovely to see her growing in confidence throughout the week. 

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It here!  It's been my constant companion all week and I have no idea how I managed without one. 

I'm working on a getting a new kitchen next!

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I found this package in the front porch yesterday ...
.... full of lovely goodies for my degree course ....

I've had a quick look through and I'm excited and raring to go (but I have to finish the reports first!!).  I've completed the first very simple task which is writing a profile to introduce myself to my tutor and creating a Wordpress blog ready to start the course.

As part of the course I have to produce a 'learning log' which counts for up to 20% of the available marks.  This can be a hard copy book/folder or a blog or a combination of the two.  I haven't quite worked out how I'm going to use the blog as part of the learning log but my initial thinking is that I will use it to retain images for inspiration (which has to form part of the log) and also to ask for feedback on my work.  Which is where you all come in! Hopefully!  Pretty please!

The blog is  Eileen Taylor Photography - it's not ready yet and won't be up and running properly for a couple of weeks.  I'd love it if some of you could find the time to provide some constructive criticism on my work as this is part of the learning process and will help me a lot.  It doesn't have to be technical comments, just your gut reaction whether you like the photo or not. 

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Last week of teaching coming up and I'll still have Lauren with me.  We've been invited to see a performance of Cinderella Rockafella on Tuesday (which is the end of year concert in the Friday school) so we're both looking forward to that.  I couldn't make any of the actual performances and thought I was going to miss it this year, but they've managed to fit us in for the dress rehearsal.  It'll be brilliant if previous years are anything to go by.


  1. Good luck with the course Eileen.

    I hope that you have a lovely time at Cinderella.

    Great that you had Lauren to help you out and that the two of you got on so well is wonderful.

    Love your ipad....
    Wish I had one!

    Have a lovely week,
    are you watching the tennis?

    x Fiona

  2. Hello Eileen, I've "followed" your new blog and am really looking forward to seeing your work for the course. Hope you enjoy the production and your last week of teaching.
    Joy x x

  3. Hi Eileen! Despite what happened with your reports,your week was great!
    Isn't the ipad one of the greatest inventions ever? You'll be discovering new stuff every single day!
    (Like if you press the home button and the power button simulaneously you'll get a screenshot of whatever isonyour screen at the moment!).
    Your educational material looks very interesting and i'm going to visit your new blog now!

    Enjoy the new week!

  4. Ich wünsche guten Erfolg mit dem neuen Blog und werde ihn dann besuchen...

    Lieben Gruß

  5. Why is paperwork to time consuming and how annoying for them to issue a new template when you had already finished. I feel annoyed for you!!!
    Sounds like you had a willing helper in Lauren and it sounds as if she is really enjoying herself too.
    I hope you enjoy your new course - sounds very interesting. I can't to see you new blog. Good luck with it all.

  6. Your course material's look lovely - (see the green eye lol) I shalla be following you :).

    Sounds like you have had a good week apart form the report rewriting - typical eduction system. xx

  7. Good luck with your new course and photoblog.
    Wish you a great summer.