This time last year I was carrying and fetching wires and computers and a whole lot of bits and pieces while Graham, the friendly neighbourhood technician, worked his networking wonders setting up new profiles and login scripts for our school’s aging Window XP PC’s. Then I went on a bit of a cruise round the Med.
Fast forward very nearly twelve months. Just after the Whit half term holiday I was asked by our Headteacher what I thought about coming back in September as a part time member of staff. This was through a very late change of plans by a member of our teaching staff. It was one of those moments. I have sought out other jobs. Obviously not very successfully but more and more of my teaching was centred around using IT and more and more was I keeping my eye open for that opportunity. The part time option would give me the chance to go out and do “other things”.
I didn’t have the longest of thinking time to consider the suggestion. Perhaps this was for the best. In the style of Colonel Cathcart‘s “black eyes and feathers in the cap” from the novel “Catch 22” I began to endlessly consider the positives and negatives from this situation. I asked Mrs Raff. I asked my friends at school. and I asked people around and about (they know who they are). The answer that I got was that I should go for it. Even so I couldn’t decide. It’s one of the problems with being Pisces! One evening run had me changing my mind three times.
However just over three weeks ago I made my final choice although even cycling to school that day had me change my mind but I had decided to take the opportunity and teach for two days and for three days fill my time with…………?
With what? I certainly hadn’t got a serious, well structured, carefully thought out plan. End of year reports take up a bit of spare time but I did have a few mushy thoughts of an ICT Big Adventure so I stuck with the mushy plan and asked people. Well there are one or two things in the pipeline and I’ve had a couple of business meetings (very grand!) so things have started
I can’t really say I’m someone who takes, or who has taken, such adventurous steps but the support that I got from everyone around and the serious stuff I underwent a few years ago (If you trawl through this blog you’ll find out) persuaded me that if I didn’t do it then I would regret not doing it because I hadn’t done it. I also have the fall back of returning to my old, full time role at my school in twelve months time.
One of my favourite TV events ages and ages ago was a series called “Boys from the Blackstuff”. One of the main characters was the infamous “Yosser Hughes”. His tragic story included the phrase, “I can do that, gissa job.” I have often think of Yosser Hughes (and I can put up goal nets!)
So I’m looking. Blogging, Googling, Computing. The things that Y4, Y1, Y5, Y6 and all the others inbetween have enjoyed doing in our school are the kind of things that are in my ICT Big Adventure. However if you use online supermarket shopping and you hear a knock on the door on a Saturday morning and it’s me delivering your groceries, you’ll know everything has gone wonky!
This year it not the Med we are going to it’s a bit nearer the North Pole.
Oh and I do have a really good idea for elephants, giraffes and hippos. Just get in touch.