April 23, 2007

Back to School

Back to school for the Summer term Four weeks two days left until half term!
I have booked three days in the IOW with Jaimie for half term as the poor dear has 2 GCSE's on her birthday the week before!

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April 17, 2007

Bloggers Unite!

Welcome my dear friend May to the world of blogging..... her legacy just beginning.

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What do teachers make?

From Claude Wolf - an American Teacher:

The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education.
He argued, "What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided
his best option in life was to become a teacher?"
He reminded the other dinner guests what they say about teachers:
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach."
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You're a teacher,
Bonnie. Be honest. What do you make?"

Bonnie, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,
"You want to know what I make? (She paused for a second, then began...)
"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents
can't make them sit for 5 minutes without an I pod, Game Cube or movie rental...

You want to know what I make?" (She paused again and looked at each
and every person at the table.)
I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them criticize.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write.
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they need
to know in English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag,
because we live in the United States of America.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they
were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.

(Bonnie paused one last time and then continued.)
"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, I can hold my head up high and pay no attention because they are ignorant...
You want to know what I make?
What do you make?"

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April 14, 2007

Day Out Update


I forgot to write about our lovely day out on Thursday. We went up to town and got tickets to see Wicked - It was "Wicked!"

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Happy Birthday Scaramouche

A very happy birthday to my lovely friend......Next year the biggie!!!
Love you .....mwah xxxxx


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April 09, 2007

Bank Holiday by the Sea

Today we had a lovley family outing to Frinton-on-Sea. We left quite early, packed the car with a Pesach picnic and arrived at a quiet, unspoilt Frinton for the day.

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As you can see, not very busy

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carly and Jai in the distance

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Jonny Jo and jai




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April 06, 2007

Four Years of Blogging

I cannot believe that I have been blogging for four years now! I’m still not sure if I actually like the term blogging? The term is short for "web log," a new form of expression enabled by the Web. They're like a half-way form between personal diaries and traditional journalism. Hence, the word “blog”. I prefer to think of it as a legacy that will always be there, a fingerprint or snapshot of life as I see it.

I was speaking to my dear friend May about this and although our children may not be interested in what we have to say now, the blog is a diary and photo album of their lives as much as ours.

You will never truly leave an accurate insight of your life, for example, who wants to write "We all screamed and shouted today and are not talking to each other , so here is a photo of that occasion”! Photographs will always reflect happy times and occasions, diaries maybe will give a slight insight, but to be truthful why would you want to say when you have been horrible or shouted and screamed? Why would you want to talk about the crap day at work? I have to be careful in case parents may find their way to my blog!

In the end, I know that my family love me very much and I love my family. It doesn’t matter if you are a loud shouty family or a quiet calm family; the fact that you have each other and can be together for the good times and help each other through the bad times is all that matters. Everything happens for a reason and the mistakes that you make on the way help to shape you into the person you are. Ultimately we are all responsible for our own destiny but as the umbilical cord is never truly cut we are there to help our children reach their destiny with as much ease as possible.

I hope this entire ramble makes a little sense…..My family, this blog is for you… I love you all . So here is just four years of legacy so far!

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April 05, 2007

Pesach 2007

Another celebration at House of Harris! Alex's first seder.

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01 Family.jpg

The girls with Mum and Dad

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Jai, Carls and Jo

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Lolpy and Alex

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April 01, 2007

Broken Up

Well, we finally broke up after the longest term (or what seemed like the longest term) in history. The aftermath of OFSTED has bought in a lot of extra work for everyone as we have changed our planning and set up a pupil tracking sytem. I have been working on the school website keeping it continually updated on a weekly basis. I have also managed to put on all the school policies and weekly newsletters. That is why my blog page has been neglected. I will spend some of this holiday getting to grips with the new format of planning.
Looking forward to Seder night on Monday.

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