So it’s Friday 10 March and this more relaxed start to the day means that when awake just after 7 am I am not in a classroom, or commuting to a classroom. Instead a cup of tea in bed watching a hare and a squirrel feeding outside in the garden – there’s a great start to the day. So the weather forecast is foggy and I don’t really need to go anywhere today, what should I do?
Yesterday was an adventure as we bought our first ever petrol lawnmower after years of using small to medium flymows. When we got home I did a first cut on the grass areas by the drive and our roundabout. So this morning, up out and more cutting. The fuel ran out about 1/3 of the way into the main lawn. So a trip out to local petrol station and a paper too. On returning I finished the lawn and then trimmed some of the rougher grass areas.
After came coffee and a cleaning task before the mower could be put away. Then I enlisted Charlie’s help (youngest son) to wash down some of the walls in the building I will use as a temporary art studio for Purbeck Arts Week ( PAW2017). I cleaned the windows the other day and transformed them from a green mist to being able to see through. Clearly progress is being made as I start to plan how I will use the building.
Now I am rewarding myself with a lunch break. This afternoon…not decided yet but the freedom to have a choice in my routine is very welcome.
Today I had my second sea swim since Christmas. This one was however after slipping over while recovering rollers at the stern of one of the rowing boats. The water actually felt warmer than on Boxing Day but no loss of soh, in fact I actually enjoyed it.
So I was at the boat shed by about 8.15 am, warmed up on the Erg, helped set up two boats and an hour’s row with B team and first time out in a wooden gig. Several aspects to work on, but sunshine, fresh air and sea makes a great pick me up to start the day.
This afternoon a walk in Swanage out to Peveril Point where more of the sloping beds were exposed, then a drive up to and walk at Durlston to see if there were groups of seabirds as had been reported on fb the last two days, several gulls seen gliding in and around the cliffs and several sightings of cormorants / shags flying out over the water.
Now feet up watching the garden for pheasants, squirrels and any other wildlife.
It’s Friday, it’s the evening and in London’s Docklands I am aware that many friends and acquaintances will be / have been gathered for the TMBETT17 or similarly titled event, then on for a meal where there will be lots of animated talk….
Just a short greeting to the people who I have spent many hours chatting with online and at a variety of ed events. I am now away from that as no longer employed in education. In lucid happier moments I miss the camaraderie but not the stress.
Several of you said to me back in November, since my sudden departure and since, how my experience would be valuable to others, but to be honest while generally more invisible online these last three weeks it is not an avenue that I will be able to explore for a long time if at all. Like the pupils I only met for 10 weeks and many more previously it’s the people I miss but at the moment I am not always comfortable around others..
My personal post classroom journey is ongoing and I seem to have decided this week to let my blogpost speak out once more. For GeoDebs I am still recording a daily GOB journal entry but not blogging it. If / when you leave teaching try to make it a controlled departure where you have control and a plan in place. Just jumping out is what I did but at some personal cost that I am still living through.
So why did I post? To say hi really, so hello to all of you who have visited BETT or will be attending tomorrow in your own time / own expense. If we have been in contact previously I hope work is going ok or better and if it isn’t make sure you have others to talk to, offload to etc. Make time for you and yours and look out for each other.
Andy / Mishmash / Raffle Guy ……
Posted in GOB 2017, Mental health, PLN, Post teaching, Staffrm, Wellbeing #Nurture1415 #Teacher5aday
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Another song link in latest piece in http://www.staffrm.io – posted here as a picture of post.
This year one wellbeing initiative that has drawn in a number of #tweachers (teachers on Twitter) is #teacher5aday. The initiative led by Martyn Reah has helped to encourage conversations about wellbeing and taking time away from work. There have been #cook, #read over the summer holiday, #PE in October – so still going and now for half term homework there is #sketch. Also we have seen an exhibition that has been displayed at the Haslemere museum, Institute of Education and PedagooHampshire.
Are you looking for a community to link with? Other teachers to talk about subjects other than teaching? I admit #cook didn’t see me participate but I have taken in all other aspects. Currently #sketch is apparently linked to me sharing the sketching I have been doing as a break and recently as a recovery strategy from my recent breakdown.
Take part, have fun, that’s what it’s all about.