I have so much craziness to talk about this week and so my post will be done in multiple sections! Feel free to skip over some of them if you wish!
Section A: My Weekend Getaway to Germany
I spent last weekend in Dresden with Caitrin and her fiancé Johannes. It was a superbly awesome weekend!
I didn’t work on Friday because I had to catch my first flight at 2:45 and I obviously wouldn’t have made it had I worked until 3:30. I arrived in Hamburg where I discovered there is no WIFI at Hamburg airport and I was very distraught! Fortunately my layover was short enough that it didn’t really matter.
Then I flew from Hamburg to Dresden where I was reunited with Caitrin and Johannes! I even got an entire row to myself on this flight so I was in a pretty stellar mood upon arrival!
We went back to Caitrin’s flat where they cooked me a delicious dinner while I sat on my lazy butt and took photos (even though Caitrin had already done an eight hour, physically rigorous shift) but they love me anyway so it’s all good.
Then Caitrin and I exchanged Christmas presents since we won’t see each other before then. She got me the best thing ever! Drumroll please…………
A German The Little Prince colouring book and an Emergency Cake (Yes, in the event of a… well, I don’t really know why one would ever need an emergency cake, but if and when it happens, I will be fully prepared!)!!
Then Johannes went home and Caitrin and I went to sleep because I was exhausted from travelling and she had to get up super early the next day.
On Saturday, Caitrin was working and so Johannes and I spent the day together! We started out with an awesome breakfast… It turns out that pumpkin seed rolls are, like, the greatest thing ever!
After breakfast we went to a museum, which I cannot remember the name of because it is very German, but it is essentially a measurement and astronomy museum (which, as we discovered in Switzerland, I thoroughly enjoy!).
After the museum I was starting to feel really tired for some reason, so Johannes suggested we find a place to buy smoothies in the Neustadt… but sadly we couldn’t find any right away and so we decided to carry on looking around the Neustadt.
We found ourselves in this really neat hidden market with lots of cute little shops and really sweet buildings…
Then we went for lunch… Johannes had a hamburger… I had half a hamburger.
Eventually we ended up at a café/restaurant/pub where we ordered really adorable virgin cocktails and I discovered that my heart shaped stir stick was blue and translucent… not black and opaque like I originally thought, because it was super freaking dark in there.
After finishing our drinks we walked to the tram stop to meet Caitrin after she’d finished work!
The three of us then went to a Christmas market together, where I tried glüwein and the most delicious pastry-type concoction that can only be described as heavenly. I wish I had gotten a photo of this for my blog but once I took one bite there was no chance I was going to slow down to take out my camera! It was a rectangular doughy thing, filled with cheese and meat and topped with sour cream… SO delicious!
Sunday morning was a lazy morning but it was St Nicholas’ day so obviously Johannes filled our boots with treats!
Caitrin worked in the afternoon and so Johannes took me to the airport. I was relieved to find that my layover in Frankfurt Airport was not nearly as WIFIless as Hamburg!
Section B: Wicked Wednesday
On Wednesday, Ann and I took our two Year 11 students to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre!!! It was amazing! They both loved it so much! Ann and I cried (obvs), and I felt all warm and fuzzy inside when I saw how much everyone genuinely enjoyed it!
(A short section, but absolutely worth mentioning!)
Section C: The Debate
So, for those of you who don’t know, the unit I work in at my school is a one-to-one provision, meaning that I only teach one student at a time and I only have a total of about five students.
While teaching my Year 11s about techniques for writing persuasive essays, I came up with the [brilliant?] idea to have the students engage in a debate where they can apply the techniques to real life, and hopefully gain confidence for their essay!
I must say, it went quite well. The topic was “You have the world at your fingertips. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?” We had three staff members participate: Myself, helping to argue the pro side, my boss, Jon, helping to argue the con side, and Mike… the world’s most biased judge (All squeezed into my tiny English office)!
Anyway, the reason I’m bringing this up, teacher friends, is you should DEFINITELY try doing a debate in one of your lessons! You’d obviously do it differently, since you probably have more students… You could even try doing a Parliamentary Style debate and elect a Speaker and a Timer and everything! Try it, seriously!
Section D: My Big News
So, I can now officially announce that I am leaving my current job to go teach English at a new school!
I found out last week on Monday, but obviously had several people to tell before I announced it to the world. It has been very bittersweet, for many reasons.
- I REALLY love my current job and I love my amazing colleagues and students and it breaks my heart to leave a place that has become a second home to me. Telling most of my students on Thursday was extremely difficult for me, but was also uplifting in a way, because it made me realize that I must be doing something right as a teacher, as I didn’t realize they would miss me as much as they say they will. (Sorry, run-on sentence…)
- The new school is willing to sponsor me to stay in the UK! So that’s amazing news! (And also the only reason I’m leaving my current job.)
- The new school has pink walls in the corridor, and that is awesome.
- I’ll have to walk farther to get to the toilet though, since the toilet won’t be directly across from my classroom… annoying.
- The new school is a specialist arts college, so I know they appreciate the arts as much as I do! They have multiple theatre spaces!
- Did I mention I REALLY love my current job and don’t want to leave? But, I’m trying to go into it with an open mind and an open heart! Wish me luck!
Anyway, I think that is all the excitingness for now… Probably more exciting stuff next week as it is the final week of term and then I’m off work for two weeks, and Rob will be here for most of it!
Also, I’m really tired and so apologies if there are any glaring errors in grammar or spelling. I’ll edit it later!
-Moose ❤ ❤
P.S. My phone is being weird and is only letting me post a few photos… I’ll try again later but you’ll have to deal with only these ones for now!