Thursday, 9 October 2008

Proud as punch

The last time I posted I was talking about work and putting off doing things. After posting I managed to get on with my work. Each day this week I've been at work for 7.30am and today is the first time I've been home before six. I've certainly put in the hours and I'd like to say it's all been worth it.

This week is Local Democracy Week and some of our students have been preparing for this in their Citizenship lessons. Citizenship is one of the many things I am responsible for in school and I was approached June time regarding some webcasting. Basically, a lot of meetings later and I've been taking groups of students to speak to important people in the county regarding public matters. Yesterday they questioned the police, today it was the transport authority and next week it will be an MP. These meetings took place in a conference room with posh equipment to film and webcast the event.

I thought I was going to cry with pride at one point today. The students have behaved so maturely and done themselves and the school proud. The people involved, including local councillors, have commented on their positive attitude and thanked me for my involvement. It's been one of the best experiences of my teaching career and has clearly benefitted the students involved. On a personal note, it's been great to organise something so unique and memorable. I've felt really tired throughout this week, but it's really felt worthwhile.

Next stop will be my German exchange. I've thirty students arriving tomorrow and there are trips organised all next week. Let's hope that goes as well as these trips have done so far.


maramcp said...

Well done you!
Enjoy having your exchange here, and then have a rest at half term! You deserve it.

Millicent said...

I'd be very interested in hearing more about what you have been doing for local democracy week. Please could you contact me at the Association for Citizenship Teaching millicent[dot]scott[at]

jillm said...

I've said it before but I will say it again - I think you are a wonderful teacher and that school is so lucky to have you.