Miss Red Says

Apr 16, 2014

Miss Red Says

Anonymous asked: I wish you were my teacher ! Also you are impossibly gorgeous :3

Thank you. But that’s a really good reason for me to not be your teacher though :)

Apr 15, 2014

Taking my TARDIS tote bag on its first official outing. May or may not be the subject of mg next DIY video. Watch this space!

Taking my TARDIS tote bag on its first official outing. May or may not be the subject of mg next DIY video. Watch this space!

Apr 15, 2014

Teacher confession:

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If the grade is going to be a 69, I round it up to a 70. It’s not because I’m merciful, it’s because I don’t want the distraction of the I’m-a-high-school-boy-so-I-have-to-laugh snickers.

Hey. You gotta do what you gotta do.

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SAME. Also, if a scene or line is on page 69, I usually say, “Turn to page 70 … oh, my mistake, it’s the page before.”

I put on an innocent voice and ask sweetly for them to explain to me why its funny. If they don’t give me an answer our try to brush it off I keep asking. I stare at them intently as I ask.

I’ve managed to get my class of 16 year old boys in my Resistant Materials class to not guffaw every time the word ‘wood’ is mentioned.

Apr 14, 2014

Watch "Miss Red Makes Episode 1- Origami Stars" on YouTube

Ok, I’ve been getting a lot of asks about this so here we go :)

Apr 13, 2014

Magic bed ♥

Magic bed ♥

Apr 13, 2014

Sunday DIY

Can you tell what it is yet?

Sunday DIY

Can you tell what it is yet?

Apr 12, 2014

Miss Red Says

Anonymous asked: Hi so as a final goodbye to a terrible school I am giving them a letter/essay basically telling them all I think is wrong with the school and the education system in the UK. I am very curious about a teachers view on this? I have spoken to some students but I was just wondering what you thought was wrong with the education system in this country? Also, I think if you were a teacher in my school I would of been a lot better off and probably managed another term or two.

I had to think a long while about this one. I have not been in the game long and am not the most informed about this- but I do take an interest in my career and how will effect myself and the students in my care.There is so much I could say about where I think education could be improved but what I think it all comes down to in the end is politics.

I have been teaching for less than two years and training for three years before that. In that time there have been so many changes made to the education system, and not a lot I agree with. I don’t have much confidence in Gove who seems to like flip-flopping on matters- teachers start preparing and working towards one thing only to be told a few months later that it isn’t going to happen after all. The whole E-Bacc thing is a good example of this.

It is my opinion that the current government wants to be seen as the one to revolutionise the school system and make improvements but I think that a lot of them have been really short sighted. Children from poorer places learn at a slower rate than their wealthier cohort? Get them in school from the age of two! People are complaining that exams are getting too easy? Make it that much harder for students to pass and disallow them from ever retaking. Because you clearly aren’t worthy of the top grades if you’re having a bad day on the one day you have to pass this exam. Especially knowing that in a few months, they’ll wake up on a drizzly August morning and the first thing you hear on the news is that GCSE or A Level results are at an all time high. If you get the grades you need- well who cares, so did the rest of the country, the exams are easy anyway. If you didn’t get the results well how thick are you? Exams are getting easier and you still can’t pass?

Schools are under so much stress to show progress and results and because of this, students are too. As long as a key focus of a school is to show up well on league tables and get new starters through the door I think that students will only be seen as numbers and figures, rather than individuals in their own right who have complex needs and motivations? Your dad died a month before you start your exams? Well you have a target grade of a B so you’re a failure if you don’t get it. Your family car has been repossessed and you have to wake up at 5.30 to get a bus to school? Well you’re not doing your homework so that’s a detention for you.

I think as long as education remains as a political weapon, as long as teachers will be vilified by the government and media and as long as students are aware that they’re going to work their socks off for years only to either enter an empty job market or spend more than £30,000 on university fees to try and make those employment prospects just a little bit wider then things aren’t going to improve much.

I do so love my job though. I can struggle through the hours of lesson planning and marking and not seeing friends for months on end, and sleepless nights worrying about who needs to show more progress. I just need to remember the joke that was told in form time, when the whole class, myself included, was in hysterics. I remember the student councilors who turn up to the meetings every week with a honest desire to improve the school. I remember the work completed by the EAL student who doesn’t understand much of what is going on but is just trying so hard anyway. I do this for the students that want to learn, for the love of my subject, for the responsibility and pleasure of passing on information.

Apr 10, 2014

Miss Red Says

Anonymous asked: Hi :) I am in sixth form and thinking about becoming a teacher. Not even sure what subject or what age, but having my doubts. I'm not sure if I am confident enough to talk to a group of people or whether I could do it day after day. What do you think? Any tips?

Teaching is tough. You’ll get ignored by students, blamed by parents and trod on by senor members of staff.
Any sort of work life balance you think you have will disappear and if your arm doesn’t ache at the end of it you haven’t done enough making.
I love my job, its something I knew I wanted to do and I’ll be the first to admit it isn’t a bed of roses. Especially as I also have anxiety and confidence issues. I wouldnt change it for the world though and honestly I don’t know what else I would do.
If this is something you’re considering you need to research it. Look up uni courses, talk to your teachers, try and get experience in classrooms. A lot of schools are happy to welcome potential trainees for work experience of sorts. There are also a lot of different routes into teaching from ITT courses like the one I was on to PGCEs. Consider which one would suit you best.
I hope this helps. Whatever you decide I wish you all the best in the future.

Apr 7, 2014

First pics from the new flat.

I am so excited to have moved here. The heating works, there is no mould and so far, no neighbours arguing at 3am then blasting Adele on 11.

Its still messy and there is loads of unpacking to do but I have so many ideas of how to jazz the place up so these are here as a ‘before’ I guess.

First goal- create a cute as hell reading nook in the living room!

Apr 7, 2014

New Flat, New flat, New flat!