I have been looking for Christmas gifts for a few months now and hope I will be prepared for Christmas this year. It’s the second week of Advent already and Christmas Day is a Wednesday this year.
For 2014, I downloaded a calendar for school holidays and university Semesters. There will be some preparation that is possible, such as a book of activities for students from Prep to Year 12, including Special Needs students. Sometimes I think it’s easier just to put these things on a USB drive. Then I can send them to a folder for printing which the Teacher Aided can take to the office for class sets.
I have learned so much this year from supply teaching and have really enjoyed the work, the people and the school environments. For 2014 I will also be preparing physical activities that students can do as part of PE classes. There are lots of resources available, thanks to the internet.
Yesterday I discovered more resources to e-mail to one of my supply teaching schools, after an hour or two of searching and testing the content. I also found great information on learning in the information age which will be relevant across lots of my interests. Thankfully, the discipline I had to develop for working at my computer on a regular basis is developing habits for finding a wide range of resources and information quickly. It really is worthwhile to undertake a research degree. It’s even better to finish it, which is next on my agenda with the Early Childhood update.
So, Christmas promises to be a blur this year. It will be a thankful oasis of rest in a very crazy and fun year. It’s been a great year for discipline, using local resources and connecting with local communities. It’s also been great for thinking and persevering, two great skills that deserve more work on my part.