I know I haven't been around much these last few days but I had to re-organise things at work when my secretary suddenly announced me last Tuesday that she would take her maternity leave earlier than she expected following doctor's orders. As a result, there's a pile of office work pending - such as tests to be photocopied, faxes to send, emails to answer, exam enrolment forms to fill in, phone calls to make, invitations to write- these are only a few of the pending things to be taken care of by the end of November. I understand her, of course. It is only natural that she cares for the baby above all. Apart from the pending office work, I have tests and homework to mark AND teach 6 hours in a row every day ! The good thing is that hubby was only too willing to help out, especially with financial issues - I've always been allergic to numbers!
As a result, lots of things have changed at work from one day to another. My working hours first of all rising to 10-12 daily....sometimes 14. The good thing is that I'm not stressed out at all! It's only a matter of re-organisation. And I'm sure I'll prove to be a great secretary of myself in addition to being a great teacher ! Naturally, there's a driving force : my love for my kids! And my husband's precious support. I really enjoy working with kids MY way ! This is precisely why I turned down a post at the public high school. And you know what ? I've repeatedly said that being your own boss is not always a bed of roses, yet I derive so much pleasure out of it - especially when my students excel in the IGCSE exams or other exams from British colleges like FCE from Cambridge University and YESOL for the Young learners of English. Their success is my greatest reward and I mean it. In order to maintain high standards of learning and great exam results, I have decided to cut down on the number of students. I had no choice considering the bulk of work as a secretary as well. What's more , I love my work so much that I really don't care working extra hours. Besides, I've never had an ambition to be a millionnaire ! I am a teacher, not a business woman!
Teachers also enjoy school holidays....Yesterday was a school holiday, the last before the Christmas break, so I thought I could have a break from marking homework and first term tests and go shopping. I spent all morning at Debenham's which has already been beautifully decorated for Christmas. It was packed this morning partly because of the school holiday but also because people have already started their Christmas shopping. I spent four hours there mostly shopping clothes for me. I loved their woollies so I got two cardigans - a red one and a black one. I find cardigans very practical for our kind of weather at this time of year - relatively warm at daytime and rather chilly at night. So I can use them over a T-shirt when it gets chilly. I was unable to resist the temptation of buying one of those "sins"- chocolate and candies displayed at every single cash till !