Monday, April 17, 2006

Easter, what a great time to have a holiday!

We've been off for the last 2 weeks and what have I done with the time...NOTHING!!!

This probably wasn't the best thing I could have done with my time but I just haven't been able to motivate myself into getting up before

The deadline for changing my mind has passed and I'm now locked into going anywhere next year, well anywhere in Scotland that the GTC decide to send me (Providing I complete the course successfully!). It's a pretty scary thought, to up and leave everything and everyone behind. The week leading up to the deadline I had a worrying feeling about it but almost everyone I talked to about it said it was a great idea and that I should go, I'm unsure if they just want rid of me for the year or if they generally think it's a good idea...LOL.

So now I'm waiting to hear where I'm being sent before planning my summer. The GTC have said we'll be told by the 26th of May which is a pretty significant day, the end of placement 3, recall day 3 and it's the day assignment 3 is due...Talk about things happening at once!

Well if you'll excuse me I'm going to go back to doing nothing.


Saturday, April 01, 2006


After reading the above article I felt like sharing my thoughts. Bullying in schools has always been a huge problem and it appears to be something that will never go away. Since the main theme of the article is centred around the use of technology it got me thinking (Very dangerous i know).

While out on school experience 1 there was an issue between 2 young pupils that at one time were best of friends. After a major falling out issues started to arrise outside of school, so the question is who's responsibility is it to sort this out. The pastoral care teacher from my point of view did everything he could, he tried to report it up the school but as it was out of school there was nothing they could do about it, his next step was to explain to the parent how to stop the messages getting through on Instant messaging software (Which will remain nameless).

I honestly can't think of any other steps he could have taken. It is possible that if the school had gotten more involved at an earlier stage the problems could have been sorted out but when it is not happening in school hours what can they do?

In a general sense what more can be done to protect children online, Should an internet security class be a mandatory thing for parents as well as pupils?

Any thoughts?