Saturday, 2 January 2016

New Year!

New Year's resolutions are not really something I do, they tend to be forgotten as soon as the school term kicks in again. However, if I was into New Years resolutions, maybe the following would suit my teaching-

  • Buy the finance staff more chocolate in the hope they put my departments stuff on English's budget
  • Make more cool raspberry pi stuff :)
  • Mark smarter, not more (as if this one will happen)
  • Always be pleased to see my classes (even if I inwardly want to bury 11TL under the car park...)
  • Use worksheets even less than I do (or I'm fed up with the photocopier jamming constantly)
  • Remember to eat lunch close-ish to lunchtime
  • Attend more teachmeets (especially those with free food and drink)
  • Become more competant at python programming (this should be easy given the start point!)

I'm hopefully going to be working closely with a local school on some curriculum stuff soon, which has got my thinking, more on that later. But for now I'll leave you with the following quote. I came across it in "Quartz and Feldspar" by Matthew Kelly, but it references "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Edward Gibbon-

"Gibbon argued that great civilizations declined when they lost contact with their foundational principles and become decadent and ill disciplined. To be ignorant of a nation's history was to be blind to what made it great and might, given continued vigilance, ensure it remains so."

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