You have to read this – 15 year old me

So I was looking through all of my old computer files today and came across all my old secondary school work that I had saved!

Among the many homework assignments and essays I found a word document labelled “The Truth About Coursework“. I was intrigued as I don’t remember doing a school assignment on this?

Take a look…

The Truth About Coursework

By Polly Clarke, age 15

I hate coursework so much because I am so stressed out and I have been depressive all the time because I have been so hung up on getting every subjects coursework in on time that I have become somebody so angry and insensitive that I have lost all my friends and is now living at home sitting at my computer all day and night typing and typing forever because I have nothing better top do with my time than to write rubbish about poems and novels that I don’t even care about. I really don’t care about “what way” I can improve what I have written because I cannot be bothered to repeat the same things over and over just to please some teacher that I can get an a* – c because that’s the grade that keeps the schools rep at its  best. How many times have I heard “how is this relevant” of course its relevant because im writing coursework!!!!! Howwwwwww stupid!!!!!!! How can anything in coursework be irrelevant!!?!?!?!?!? Because as long as your talking about the novel/poem/subject of course it’s totally relevant!!! If you go on talking about something stupid like chipmunks or jam then yeah THAT’S irrelevant unless it’s a report about the affects of chipmunks eating jam then even that would be RELEVANT WOULDN’T IT!!!!  So many rhetorical  questions dotted around my work like its some sort of sarcastic comment about how rubbish it actually is. Is there any point in actually trying hard anymore? If you got a D she would go crazy to make you a C and not even bother to carry on to make u an a like you want because she doesn’t mind as long as its in the “Boundaries” these days all teachers care about is their salary and I think if you have the guts to become a teacher you should expect more than just your daily hours of work because that’s your job isn’t it!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? What do you expect? Children to just magically understand everything they are told? Yeah when’s that gunna happen? And what is up with getting this much cw done in yr 10?  Ok were doing this before yr 11! Why… this… is the truth about coursework

DUN DUN DUNNNNNN

I was having a really bad day today and this cheered me up so much. I was never a ‘bad’ student as such but I was definitely loud and disruptive at times. I was one of those annoying kids that would call teachers out on mistakes and never let them live it down. Clearly I had a pet peeve about rhetorical questions too…

To put things into perspective, this is a selection of photos I found of me at that age…

Back in the day before skype and facetime we had MSN video chats.
Back in the day before skype and facetime we had MSN video chats.

You can probably tell from those photos that I have never been will never be a person that takes themselves too seriously. Life is too short to worry about being embarrassed and it’s a good job I don’t embarrass easily being very photogenic and everything…

I wanted to post this here to remind the educators of the WordPress community how different we all were at that age. Back then, your biggest problem in the world was writing an essay – such a blissful time. So when you’re marking your next piece of work or worrying how your students may react, just remember that they may go a bit over the top at the time… It’s nothing on you. Keep pushing yourself and your students and they’ll appreciate it in the long run. I’m half tempted to go back to my school and show my English teacher this because I ended up doing really well in English and I’m now into the blogging world?!

Who would have thought writing essays was something I’d enjoy… Let alone become one of those gutsy teachers that clearly only care about their huge salaries!

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Teacher’s back to school guide

I decided to take a wander around my local shopping centre today to finally get my hair cut (haven’t had one in just under a year… My hair has gone mad). I ironically didn’t even get a haircut today, but an appointment has been made! Progress!

In the meantime, whilst meandering around the mostly high-end fashion shops wishing for a time where I have solid income, I noticed a common theme… Back to school branded everything! Although, these displays seem to cover only half of the market…

SO MUCH BACK TO SCHOOL!!

They all target the kids!! Now as much as its the kids that are going back to school, and its the kids that will be bugging their parents to buy them all this useless amazing stationary, teachers are going through this too!

I think it’s about time teacher’s had a back to school spree! Here’s my advice for this…

  1. Pens!

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You can find them anywhere and everywhere! Here is a special display just for pens to demonstrate their importance…

2.  Paper

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I finally bought some new printer paper!! No more excuses now! Although you’ll obviously need masses of notebooks as well as printer paper.

3.   Oodles of unnecessary stationary

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You’ll need a rubber in the shape of a penguin one day right?

4.  Some professional looking clothes

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5.  Motivation

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In the form of constantly hot coffee (flask), the promise of food (microwavable container) and a reflective daily journal so you can keep a record of your failures mistakes and lucky days successes!

6.  Some kind of stress relief

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Because whether it be alcohol, playing video-games, reading a good book or chilling on the balcony (or all four for me!) we all need something to help us wind down and forget about that bad day week month term.

If you have all of this along with a passion for educating and content knowledge yada yada yada… Then I reckon you’ll do just fine!

As long as you don’t run out of coffee of course…