Yesterday the phone rang at around 8:30am. They wanted me to teach at a nearby school with minutes to pack and go. I was wearing jeans with a long-sleeved shirt and light jumper and just had time to tidy up, pack some lunch and leave the house.
It was a great opportunity, as I was able to test my community mental heath skill set, just completed. The children were very cooperative and I learned a lot about reward systems in the classroom because that is how the teacher had arranged the day.
In the morning when I checked my e-mail, there was a message from my lecturer in community mental health to say that I had passed all my assignments at a very high standard. It is lovely when lecturers take the time to send an individual message to students. That was another thing that cheered me up this morning for the day ahead.
In the afternoon there was a message on my telephone from a publisher asking when I was going to publish my manuscript. Considering that my thesis rewrite is still underway, I will have to check with my supervisors about a publishing schedule. The plan includes three papers, for which I have the abstracts ready.
Today is another day. There are two days left before school holidays start. I expect it will be a good time to write my thesis in the upcoming holidays.
This morning I met with Julie, Toni and Sandra for my study group in Psychology. They were full of interesting stories about their backgrounds and Julie was very kind to allow us to use her place for the meeting.
Now I am motivated to research my original topic for the literature review in Counselling. Although I had hoped to start it today, I expect it is better to have a more interesting topic that is relevant to general child development, rather that a specialised area.
So now, I am looking at social cognition related to system justification and social equality. The broader picture in this focus is
more the way that children copy what they see without thinking of whether it is kind or fair.
This approach seems to lend itself to less retelling of government agendas and more exploration of how children learn
to manage their own behaviours with help from teachers and counsellors.
Yesterday morning I was talking to my Mum about a project I am doing. It involves teaching a session to at least three people and having them fill in a feed-back form. This might seem like a simple task, but not at first attempt.
Social media is hopeless for recruiting people as most people I know are only on the internet every second or third week. Neighbours have their family events, like new born babies suddenly arriving. Friends have “life” events like the sudden passing away of grandparents and others.
Surprisingly, by the afternoon there was a solution. Kit had called to say that Jim was in an accident. They had been driving home from a lunch with friends when he fell asleep and drove into a telegraph pole. Mum took Kit to the hospital to see him, as she could not drive there. While she was talking to Kit, Mum told her about my project. Strangely enough, Kit and her granddaughter are waiting around for news of Jim’s operation on his ankles and would like to fill in some forms and take their minds off the accident.
Mum called me when I was on the bus, coming back from an appointment in the CBD. I was stunned at how quickly things had fallen into place and shocked that Jim had to suffer so much just for falling asleep.
Jim needs plates in his ankles. Another candidate for rehabilitation!!! I can see this being an opportunity born out of calamity! He is a very social person, past president of the local Irish Club and active in the local Parish church. He has also tirelessly certified the photocopies of my documents for job applications over the years.
25 January 2013
The rehearsal went well and I finally have my three feedback sheets and even some worksheets from the mini-lesson. It was fun to do and I met Jacqui, Kit’s granddaughter. Mum and I dropped Jacqui off at a local college and took Kit to her physiotherapy appointment afterwards. They don’t have a car at the moment due to the accident and Kit doesn’t drive. Jacqui did not renew her licence as she has been teaching overseas.
Yesterday evening I sent off my assignment papers by e-mail and this morning received acknowledgement from Romy. I was so thankful to have finished that one! I also sent off some other papers that I had been working ahead with, so this course is allmost finished. Finishing the last paper is really something to which I look forward with great anticipation.