Aug. 24th, 2008 12:14 pm
lishesquex: (xena - splat)
I've been sick all weekend. I got home from uni on Friday afternoon and collapsed into bed, and slept on and off all the way till Saturday morning. Most of Saturday was spent in a daze of illness. I remember watching a little of the Olympics and trying to do some planning but that failed. Ended up going to bed and sleeping until... now. Feeling a bit better today, but now I'm incredibly stressed because I just slept away 2 of the 3 days which I had to plan my teaching rounds. Argh. *bangs head against desk*
lishesquex: (iconomicon - pwnstar)

My supervising teachers are FOR THE WIN this semester. My history supervisor has just given me THREE books to read up on (upon request) on the subjects I'm going to be teaching. RESOURCES. I HAZ DEM.

And my english supervisor has two English Language classes (ie Linguistis for high school students) which I'm going to be teaching! Next week I'm teaching her Year 11s OLD ENGLISH and OLD NORSE. Can you believe it? My random weird obsession with obscure dead languages is actually coming into use! I'm so excited. ZOMG. Also very, very, very nervous. I haven't even seen this class yet. But I'm looking foward to getting into Old English and Old Norse again.

My excitement about teaching has come flooding back now that I'm placed at a halfway decent school. Not that MGC was that bad. It's just that everyone at Koonung is so friendly and happy to be there. Even the kids!


So, now that I've probably jinxed myself... *goes to play WoW while reading up on Australian convicts*
lishesquex: (Eurovision - This is my life)
This morning I woke up and immediately got a nose bleed cos I was so stressed. But things are less stressful now!


Koonung Secondary College is so different to MGC. IN A GOOD WAY. Our school group coordinator is actually competent. And organised. She's also really nice. I think I just <3 her cos I'm so relieved that she seems to know what she's doing, and is actually enthusiastic about it, unlike our last one.


Every morning we're to have a 15 minute briefing to go over what we're doing that day. (Which is awesome because I'm an organisation freak like that. Also, I hate wandering about wondering what to do - which is what I did a great deal of at MGC initially.) We also have our very own room, with tables and chairs. At MGC we had no space of our own, so if we had nothing to do, we'd just float aimlessly and awkwardly around. The staff that we've met have all been really warm and friendly. And because there are so many of us student teachers (19 compared to 6 at my last round), the whole school is aware of us and accepts us as a group instead of ignoring us or seeing us as being this random bunch of random people from nowhere.

So in short, I'm really happy with this placement. I was totally dreading being placed in a horrible school that was 2 hours away and had kids that would eat me for breakfast, or mug me on the way home (one of my friends from last semester actually got a placement like that :O). But Koonung is only a 30 minute drive away, and the school is really welcoming and has awesome people (from what I've seen today). YAY.

I also asked our teaching fellow about the Highvale job and whether I should bother applying even though I don't have ESL as one of my methods. She said that anyone who had the full qualifications would get it over me, but that I should try anyway just in case nobody qualified applies for it. So I'm slightly less stressed about that too, since I know what to expect now.

I think that's all for now!

*goes to play WoW*


Jun. 12th, 2008 10:54 pm
lishesquex: (xena - splat)
So today was the last day of my first ever teaching placement! Tomorrow will be my official last day at MGC, but I have no classes... just report writing to help out with.

The Year 8s, who I have previously described as rowdy and noisy and uncontrollable and generally a PAIN IN THE ASS, all signed a farewell sheet of paper and sang me... happy birthday. zomglikewtf. o.O Let me tell you, having 26 kids sing Happy Birthday to you when it's NOT your birthday is the WIERDEST THING EVAR. (Apparently they forgot the words to For She's A Jolly Good Fellow). It was sweet of them though (even though they were noisy the entire lesson! -.-). I got a little sentimental as I was walking to the train station. I'll miss a lot of them. Well... a few of them. :D

Anyway, I'm exhausted. I'm a little afraid of how exhausted I am after just this teaching block. And apparently I had one of the tame schools. I'm worried they're gonna put me out in the northern suburbs or something where the kids eat teachers for breakfast next. I bet they will. >.<

In WoW news, exciting things have been happening!  I FINALLY got my Netherdrake the other day.  Yes, my DRAGON.  My epix ride which I have been working towards for a whole year.  When I finished the quest, I took two whole days to decide which colour I was going to get.  I ended up with Onyxien, the onyx coloured one.  I figure that colour will match any future armour.

Speaking of armour, I also gathered just enough Arena points to get myself the Season 2 Gladiator shoulders.  They are awesome looking, and just in time too, because I'd totally gotten sick of my old shoulders.  I also got a new epix belt.  Yay epix!

And on top of all of that, I finished collecting the 8 cards of the Lunacy Deck today and turned them in for the "Madness" Darkmoon trinket, which is totally uber.  Apparently, when it procs, there's a chance your character will yell "THIS IS MADNESS".  So awesome.

Anyway.  Bedtime.  Stay tuned for pics of my hawt new armour and my Netherdrake.  :D
lishesquex: (Eurovision - This is my life)
So I made it through today as well, yay! Barely, lol. I came home and collapsed in bed. But anyway, this week is practically over. Tomorrow the Year 10s are doing their exam on Twelfth Night. They've only had five weeks or so to study it, and it's all been taught by me, so it'll be interesting to see how their essays turn out... :D

During detention today, Mordreth said that I've really improved since the beginning of my teaching rounds, which is how I feel too. This intensive stuff really does help, even though it's a killer. I'm so glad that it's almost over though. Monday is the Queen's Birthday holiday (THANK GOD we're not a republic yet! I LOVE THE QUEEN) and Friday is Report Writing Day, so only three days of classes. *relief*

In other news, I've somehow managed to get my Mum playing Brain Age... she loves it. It's funny how worked up she gets when she gets something wrong. :) It's been good to have something that we do together, even if it's just 15 minutes a day. Fun times.

Anyway, how is everyone else? :)

So tired...

Jun. 4th, 2008 05:55 pm
lishesquex: (alias - close my eyes bw)
Made it through another day. Only got 2 hours sleep last night. Guh. o.o

Some of the Year 8s tried to find my Myspace and failed. Heh. Some girl asked if my name was Lucy (because they know it starts with L). *was amused*

I'm so exhausted. I have no words for how exhausted I am.



Jun. 2nd, 2008 09:22 pm
lishesquex: (xena - splat)
Omg. I just spent my entire evening correcting crap. And I still have two lessons to plan for tomorrow, and all I want to do is sleep. Omg I'm so tired.

Please can this week be over already? I want to sleep.
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Yesterday I learnt how to automatically photocopy something double-sided, collated and stapled. It was a great feeling. Up until then I'd manually photocopied everything double-sided, page by page, then ordered all the pages into the right order, and then I had to staple them one by one. BUT NO LONGER. Muhahahaha.


(Yes, this is how exciting my life has become.)

Yesterday, someone from the university came to observe one of my lessons, and she said I did well. So that's a weight off my chest. It also feels good to have survived the first week. Every day is so, so draining. I come home and just collapse. Anyway, two more weeks to go, and then holidays.

Oh, one final thing. I'm getting better with developing a strong teacher presence apparently. Yesterday I really raised my voice with the Year 8s and they actually looked scared/obeyed. Heh. Power, I haz it.
lishesquex: (Default)
...and as usual lesson planning has taken all night, and suddenly it's 3am and I'm going to be very sleep deprived tomorrow. Ugh.

Eurovision this year was not as happy!gay!yay! as last year, but I still enjoyed it. Good times. I'm sad that I'll have to wait another year for more Europoppy goodness. My favorite was Iceland (I had enormous fun attempting to imagine the guy as a descendent of Vikings - couldn't quite manage it :D) What was yours?

So. Tomorrow starts my three weeks of teaching, where I'll be teaching EVERY SINGLE DAY ZOMG. I have moments of "eh, I'll be fine" and moments of pure panic. PURE PANIC.

Anyway, my first lesson tomorrow is with the Year 8s of HELL. Pray for my soul, kkz?


This is my liiiife...


(Man, I really need Eurovision icons.)


May. 1st, 2008 09:48 pm
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I went to my dad's friend's daughter's graduation dinner. It was okay... the food was good. Mum and Rianna weren't there so I was a little bored, but too brain-dead to care.

On the way there, in the car, dad was talking to his friends and was like "we should get so-and-so to set Lilian up with a boy... she's old enough to be dating", and I was like zomg. -.- It was very alarming. It is indeed getting to the point where I'm a little old to be pretending that I'm the innocent virginal young Chinese girl who's had no experience with dating. I'm going to have to come out to my parents one of the days. Scary.

School was really boring today. Really, really boring. It's really terrible to be in a classroom and be absolutely bored and wished you could just jump in and take over the lesson (because you can tell that all the students were absolutely bored) but not be able to. -.-

I did have a good chat with Emily though. Emily is a really quiet student who always hands in excellent quality work and the medieval story I marked yesterday was really well written. She always puts her hand up when I asked questions, too. And she knew heaps about Vikings, that very first lesson. If I were to have a pet student, she would be it. :D

Anyway, only 2 more weeks of this 2-days-at-school-3-days-at-uni thing. And then 1 week of assignment hell. And then the 3 week teaching block. Zomg.

I have a sore throat. :(
lishesquex: (stormy - dedcat)
The best things about today:

+ Laughing with Lucia about the random "what, what" in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night (refer to what what in the butt)

+ TBSOL chapter 39

+ Talking to my crazy, crazy friends

Less exciting things:
This week's agenda )

Teaching Tip #2: Giving yes/no answers to student responses is the number one way to shut down class discussion.  Instead, ask further questions, ask them to elaborate, or ask other students to give their opinions/ideas.



lishesquex: (Default)
I was a little emo this morning on the train. I've gotten bored of my DS so I don't really play that on my morning commutes anymore, and I have nothing to read because I still haven't managed to get a hold of a copy of Twelfth Night. So this morning I was just scribbling in my little notebook, which is kind of depressing. My notebook is usually reserved for the emoest of entries and random story ideas (which I then never write).

My Year 9 class (Lesson 6) went really well today. They were supposed to be giving talks and so I was just there to guide them/give feedback, but of course only 3 people were ready to give their talk so I ended up improvising and doing a random activity with them (which I had only thought up 10 minutes before the class). If I hadn't had that random activity, it would have sucked. But as it went, they seemed to really enjoy the lesson.

Teaching Tip #1: Always have a Plan B.

In other news, some books that I ordered from Booktopia arrived. They are:

Slow River by Nicola Griffith
The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith
Stay by Nicola Griffith
Silk by Caitlin R. Kiernan
Murder of Angels by Caitlin R. Kiernan

I'm still waiting on Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg, as well as Always by Nicola Griffith.
lishesquex: (L word - always raining)
Today was one of those days where you wake up and you cycle through all the reasons why you have to get up today in your head - and then fail to find any of them enough of a motivation.

The thing that finally got me out of bed was my curiosity as to whether Ingrid's publisher had replied to the email. (They had.)

At school, within 3 minutes of arriving, my supervising teacher was like "Look, I'm really not feeling up to taking this morning's tutorial today... would you be up to taking that for me?"

"Umm... okay."

Btw, tutorial = death.

I think I did okay for an improv lesson that was doomed anyway because their tutorial program has been focusing on the topic of "success" for the last 10 weeks and everyone (even the teacher) is sick of it. Unfortunately their rowdiness carried over to the next class (which I was taking) and they were horrible and noisy and unfocused the whole time. My throat feels like I spent 2 hours today yelling. Oh wait, I did. -.-

The rest of the day was just one big blurry mess of exhaustion which is irrelevant to this journal entry.

My father came home from China today. He brought home a new 80 gb ipod for Rianna. *tries not to be jealous* He also brought a new laptop and a new Apple phone (iphone?) for himself. Actually, he'd bought the ipod for himself as well but then spontaneously gave it to Rianna.

It's probably a cold thing to say, but I'm much happier with my father away in China. Everyday feels so much more peaceful and unharried without him in my life. And I prefer it without him. Without his stupid dinner parties, his cigarette smoke, his greasy food, his loud, angry voice, his hypocrisy, his volatile temper.


Yesterday I wasted about two hours talking to a stupid Telstra sales representative (a.k.a. doorknocker). Anyway the end result was that we finally sold our souls and signed up for Bigpond internet. I hate Telstra. But if they can give me faster/better internet, I will give them monies. So despite the massive time and effort expended yesterday, I'm glad the Telstra guy came around because I'm really looking forward to having ADSL2+.

I'm exhausted but I can't go to sleep yet because I need to work on my part of tomorrow's SPC micro-teaching presentation.
On Saturday I must finish Artefact 2.
On Sunday I will do my other LTP reading + journal.
On Monday I will cry from exhaustion and begin another week. >.<


Time to go back to work.
lishesquex: (alias - close my eyes bw)
Yesterday I went into EB Games to buy another WoW Gamecard. I ended up spending almost $100 in games because they were having a sale. One of the games that I bought was "Canis Canem Edit", also known as "Bully" for the PS2. I was actually rather amused by the fact that I - a respectable member of the (future) teaching community - was buying and planning to play a game set in a school (like I don't spend enough of my life there already) that promotes bullying, mischief and disrespect towards teachers. Lolz.

So it's week 5 of the course, and I haven't died yet. This is good. I've given three lessons so far:

1. Year 8 English - Haiku (slightly disastrous)
2. Year 8 SOSE - Germanic Migration + Vikings (went amazingly well, although not perfect by any means)
3. Year 9 Creative Writing - How to plan a murder mystery (slightly disastrous)

My enthusiasm for the course/profession has been going up and down like crazy. Last week I was cursing my choice of career, and this week I'm back to going zomg I can't wait to be a real teacher and have my own classes.

Tomorrow is my fourth lesson. I have to make an audio recording of it as part of my assessment. Eek.

Also, it'll be the last period of the last day of term - did /anyone/ actually ever do work on those periods? And the room we're in is a computer room. I predict much death and mayhem.

I bought Easter Eggs to bribe them with. :D

And now... I have a lesson to plan, and only 8 hours before I have to wake up again.


Bad monkeys

Mar. 5th, 2008 10:15 pm
lishesquex: (xena - BtL back)
Today in year 10 history, Sheryl was teaching students about Marxist ideology and they were discussing the notion of mankind being evil or good, and some girl said: "I don't think mankind is necessarily evil... I mean there are some bad people, but you know... there are bad monkeys too."

Bad monkeys, lolz.

So, the course is going well. I've managed to keep on top of the workload so far, although it's gradually draining the life from me and it's only week 3. Today Kat dropped out of the course and said kbai to us all. Another person I know has dropped to reduced load. Our numbers are thinning. We are being picked off one by one. Soon there will be none left. *paranoid look*

Anyway. Today I did no homework at all because my brain was too mushed, so I watched 2 episodes of Gilmore Girls. It ended up being really depressing because Rory and Dean broke up and then the rest of the episode was just EMO SUPREME.


It just occurred to me that Dean would make the perfect emo face smiley, with his floppy hair and all.

Well, it's way past my bedtime so I'd better go. Yes, sad isn't it?

lishesquex: (xena splat)
Mum gave me a kiss when I came home from my placement today. She's been really supportive lately and just generally wonderful, bringing me snacks and pieces of fruit when I'm up late doing lesson plans, leaving food out for breakfast, letting me get away with not doing the dishes. I <3 my mum. :)

Currently I'm really, really exhausted. It feels like an aeon since I did anything unrelated to teaching.

Going to sleep now.



Feb. 27th, 2008 08:57 pm
lishesquex: (OMG ONOZ)
I was going to write a post, but I'm too tired.

Another lesson tomorrow.

Oh god.


Feb. 26th, 2008 11:44 pm
lishesquex: (OMG ONOZ)

My first lesson is tomorrow!

*freaks out*
lishesquex: (xena splat)
Today I got home and just collapsed on the bed from exhaustion and slept right through dinner. Also, I think I've been continuously hungry since Monday. I don't think I've worked this hard since VCE. o.o

My current work load includes:
- Going to university (3 days a week)
- Going on professional placement (2 days a week)
- Doing weekly readings/homework for uni (3 hours a day)
- Doing assignments for uni (haven't started... yet)
- Trying to catch up on what the kids are learning/reading (2 hours a day)
- Lesson planning (probably all weekend)

Conclusion: not enough hours in a week.

The crazy thing is... I'm enjoying it.

But thank god it's the weekend. I'm looking forward to sleeping and eating again.
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The year 8s are supposed to be learning about medieval history this year in their SOSE/English subject and they're just about finished with Vikings. I thought it'd be an awful shame if I didn't get a chance to teach them a subject area that I know so well/am so passionate about, so I offered to take their last class on Vikings (!!!). And by last class, I also mean their third class. Apparently they've only had bits of 2 lessons on Vikings which is criminal, really. So ZOMG... next week I'll be doing a half lesson on the Vikings and another half lesson (on a different day) on Haikus. O.O

I'm really excited about this at the moment, and my head is exploding with ideas of what to do. I'm sure the mind numbing fear and panic will set in later.

Today was pretty good. It was a lot less stressful than yesterday, so I enjoyed it more. This morning when I got off the train, I saw an MGC student so I decided to follow her because I didn't want to get lost again. Unfortunately, she decided to take a short cut through the back streets in the most CONVOLUTED manner imaginable. It soon became pretty obvious that I was following her, because I was following pretty closely due to my fear of getting lost in the winding back streets, and my shoes were all loud and clacky, and I took every turn she did, and crossed the roads when she did. She was probably paranoid as hell by the end of it. But I got to the school in much shorter time than yesterday, so I deem my scary stalking/following a success. *beams*

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