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Friday, February 15, 2013
Advice for beginning teacher
David Ball • There are practicalities to teaching that must be discovered. It is important to know it isn't your entire life. You need to have a separate identity to your school persona so as to retain integrity when things go wrong and be balanced when things go right. Be prepared for schooling to invade that personal time. It is ok to lie to kids about irrelevant detail to drive home a larger point. It is ok to be wrong and be corrected. Know that while you may feel frustrated that basic things that are obvious to all have not been done and you will need to do it, that you are in fact not the first to realise it, only the latest. The door you cannot open is marked "Pull." The keys to your classroom should never be loaned to a student. They will open the adjacent classroom. There are myths about past mathematicians like Hypatia, Pythagoras, Euclid et al, discover them and spread them. They may not be true, but that doesn't matter .. stories inspire. The student who is woken each morning by a drunken abusive dad will never do homework and will involve themselves with ridiculous, dangerous activity and make poor life choices. Be good to them and help them. They may not thank you, ever, and they may spread bad stories about you .. it isn't personal. Involve yourself with extra curricular and co curricular activity .. it will help you meet members of staff and extend your knowledge of the school. Read Delderfield's "To Serve Them All My Days." Good luck and best wishes, and know that God loves you.
I'm author of History in a Year by the Conservative Voice aka History of the World in a Year by the Conservative Voice.
I'm the Conservative Voice.
I'm looking to make contact with those who might use my skill.
I have an m-audio mobile pre amp fed by the audiotechnica 2041sp condensor mic pack. Prior to 15/4/06, I'd used a Shure sm-58 that required a nuclear blast to register a sound or the internal mic of my aged imac, which has a penchance to recording my breathing. I also used a Griffin itrip, until the community convinced me it was not hiding my talent as well as the other mics.
I am a Writer and an occasional Math Teacher (Sir, what's the occasion?). I like to sing, having no instrumental talent (cannot even clap in time, and yes, I'm aware singing badly IS obnoxious).
I have performed the finale to Les Miserables before an audience of 500. I have also sung before a similar audience (students, parents) renditions of 'I Will' (Beatles), 'Mr Cairo' (Jon Vangelis) and 'I am Australian' (Seekers). Now I seek another profession because the audience hates me ..