Saturday, 1 February 2014

What Was Achieved? - January 2014


Is it possible that we've already completed 1/12 of the year. It doesn't seem quite right even though I've been counting down the days, hours and possibly even minutes of what has seemed like the longest month ever. In fact, I think I've probably done a very good impression of Eeyore this month.

January didn't start out well. The lingering cold I'd had since the start of the Christmas holidays turned me into a full-on snot monster on the eve of going back to school and even now I cannot seem to shake it off completely. I've felt really tired all this month and have just craved sleep and my bed. For someone who is normally a morning person, I'm finding it odd not to do my usually bouncing out of bed routine.

I've found it a hard month at school. It's got to the point in the year when you start to know the children very well and can see who is making great progress and who is going to struggle to make any progress despite all the interventions and support you throw at them. Reality of what you can achieve in terms of good data starts to set in! I'm loving seeing some children grow in confidence and be so much more chatty and animated than they were in the first half term. Did you see their self portraits on Instagram? They were superb; it was very proud teacher moment! The call from Ofsted looms and as a school we hover from thinking that they won't come next year to worrying about them coming next week. It's the strangest feeling to get to 12.30pm on Wednesday and breath a sigh of relief that you've escaped them for another week.

Although some of the things I wanted to achieve haven't been touched yet (my nails are still bare and I haven't even picked up the phone to my dear friends let alone visit them!) - I have somehow managed to achieve a few things as you can read in my list.

I'm aiming for another 2lb weight loss this month. I need to avoid the sweet treats that still linger from Christmas and make a bit more time for exercise. I'm sure being a car commuter has a lot to do with me being flabby. When I had a 40 minute journey each way to my teaching placement, on foot and with heavy bags, the weight seemed to fall off. Now I have a 15 minute drive and I'm getting lardier by the minute. It's not good. I MUST sort myself out!

February means half term and my birthday. A reason to be slightly more perkier, especially today as we woke to blue skies and sunshine. I'm hoping that it will be a sign of good things to come. I'm not making any major plans for the week's break from school mid-month. I need to sleep and declutter our flat as it's getting a bit of a squish in certain cupboards and hidey-holes. But I am making sure I get a day out in London on my own: just some quiet 'me' time, wandering around favourite shops, going to see my favourite paintings, finding somewhere to linger with a coffee and my Kindle and just enjoying being in the centre of things. Ah, bliss!

What are you looking forward to this month? Hope February treats you well! x

11 comments:

  1. I really like the way you are taking time to reflect on January. I am sorry for the discouraging bits. I hope February is brighter all around! Planning another caravan trip is definitely something happy!
    I have my first "weigh in" on the 6th. Started the post-holiday pound-shed on January 6; I've found that if I monitor my progress to soon, one of two things happen: either I am discouraged over not enough progress, and give up, or - if I've done really well - I become overly optimistic, and get lazy with my eating again. After our Super Bowl party tomorrow, I am going to have to focus hard. Too many little celebrations lately!
    In February, I am looking forward to the Olympics starting and a quick visit with Bronte and Paul. Kurt's mom will be undergoing a bone marrow transplant at the end of the month, so we will be going to visit UT. Although the reason for the trip is not very happy, I am excited to see family.

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    1. I too am very excited about the Winter Olympics! The opening ceremony is on Friday afternoon when I'll be at work but I'm looking forward to coming home and watching it in the evening - the thought of it will keep me going all week. Sorry to hear about Kurt's Mum - I hope everything goes well. I'll be thinking of her and you all. xxx

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  2. January has gone super-fast hasn't it? I kind of hope February does too, as I find it the most depressing month of the year. Fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine. I'm impressed that you baked your own bread! Well done for finding time to do that.
    Claire xx | somewhere... beyond the sea

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    1. It was a soda bread so didn't require all that proving time, so I can't feel too righteous! That said, it was an easy bake and tasty too. Here's the recipe - http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1432/irish-soda-bread x

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  3. January has gone fast! It is a difficult month, getting up in the dark, rubbish weather and I think we all feel tired and fed up and lethargic in January. I think you've achieved a reasonable amount for a dull, uninspiring January. February will be better!

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    1. Typical me, Louise - I always ignore what I have done and dwell on what I could have done. Hope you feel energised in February. x

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  4. Your writing is so neat, I'm incredibly jealous. Good work on the weight loss - I hope February is even more successful. I hope you get plenty of me time, sometimes you can't beat it. x

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  5. Recently found your blog and am really enjoying reading through your posts. I always think January is a difficult month to get through, with the post-Christmas lull, awful weather and dark mornings and evenings. I too am hoping that February will bring a bit more energy to my life - I've been feeling very lethargic.

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  6. Firstly, wow at your handwriting! Definitely teaching material. I would rely on interactive whiteboard files to hide my awful writing. I love the idea of reflecting on what was achieved at the end of each month, it's good to see so many positives when you've been ill and are stressed from work. As for Ofsted, it's really hard but try your best not to think about it. They'll come when they come, and as long as you're doing the best you can with your class that's all that matters. We had them in my 4th week of teaching and a couple of my kids with behaviour issues kicked off big style when the inspector walked in!

    Hope you have a lovely February, not long till half term! :) xx

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  7. What lovely handwriting you have. I too was pretty pleased to bid farewell to January, but judging from the beginning of it I have my doubts about embracing February either. And I am no thinner. Not that I'm trying really, but it would be nice!

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  8. Yes, driving instead of walking to work definitely adds a few pounds. I like the sound of your 'me' day in London.

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