Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Another instalment of #3UP!

Back in May I was lucky enough to take part in a super fabby PaperArtsy project called #3UP - and I *loved* it :) So, naturally, I leapt at the chance to take part in it again! This time it's been part of PaperArtsy's 10th birthday celebrations, and somehow WE ended up getting the pressies - oh boy, did we ever! Just look at the wonderful box of amazingness I received:

Look at those gorgeous stamps!! *happy, happy dance* :)

My project is featured on the PaperArtsy blog tonight, but here are a few pics:

I decorated the little canvas then used it as a cover for a minibook

I added some suitable quotations, details of the project and some spotlight stamping!
It's well worth a visit to the blog to see the other projects being showcased this week, there's a lot of inspiration over there! A huge big thanks to PaperArtsy, you totally rock and I have so loved being part of this again :) Happy birthday!!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Working it out...

Hello, hello!

New laptop, check :)

Few minutes spare to blog, check :)

Plenty to say, check to the power 50 million!! :)

So, here we go, into September already (how did THAT happen?!!) Another Learn Something New Every Day has begun, and we are well and truly preparing to head back to school. The Boy gets until Thursday before he goes back, The Tomboy starts her brand new school on Wednesday, and me? I get to go tomorrow. Something seems a little unfair here!

I promised to tell you a bit about my new job. Well, as I've explained on here, I decided last year to make a change from being a part-time teacher to a full-time teaching assistant (TA). I did the training course, gained loads of voluntary experience, and absolutely loved it! The time came for me to hand in my notice so I could leave my teaching job at the end of the academic year (*sob!*) I knew the school where I'd been working wasn't in a position to offer me a full-time TA post, and I really needed a full-time job. I was so gutted to be leaving that lovely school though!

To cut a long story short, I've been extremely fortunate, and I'm very excited about how my new job has worked out :) You see, I shall be working for half the week at my old school, and for the other half at another local school! Each school could only offer me 50% of a timetable but between them I can do a full-time job, and they're very close to each other and to where I live so getting to them will be straightforward even on the day that I'll spend the morning in one and the afternoon in the other :) The exact details of my role and timetable is to be finalised this coming week, but it will involve maths support, ICT (including maintaining each school's website and Twitter) and various other duties. Basically, all things I've been doing recently in my teaching role; all things I know I can do really well!

I am a little nervous, to be honest; partly about the change from teacher to TA, which will be an adjustment for me, but mainly about going into a new school, working with new colleagues, getting used to new routines, getting to know new children - everything you'd expect about starting a new job! But oh, I'm excited to use my skills and experience in this way, and I shall learn so much from my new role :) Which will be handy for this year's LSNED project, of course!! ;)

As I settle into these new routines and help The Children to settle into theirs, too, I shall be figuring out the whole blogging thing. I feel refreshed and ready and keen to get back into it properly, but I need to plan my time!! But I still have plenty to tell you about - for example, our recent holiday! Want a few photographic clues to where we went? ;)


Any guesses? ;) Details will follow soon... x