Year 10 Parents Evening for Isaac and I couldn't be more proud of him. Every teacher was highly complimentary. His German teacher was positively ecstatic that Isaac was back, and as Herr G is German this was even more noteworthy as he's not given to such emotional outbursts! There were some common themes for the conversations including how Isaac works very hard ignoring 'distractions' around him, how he and another lad bounce ideas off one another and push each other to use the best vocabulary, the most accurate explanation etc, and how no one could explain his predicted grades being so 'low' (that's because your statistics are based on a system you don't understand!) Well done Isaac - certainly made me smile.
And then I did my 'ditsy Mum' thing...
Whilst standing waiting to talk to his Maths teacher, I was asking Isaac where various teachers were sitting in the hall. We'd been through a few when I asked "And where is the lovely Mr Williams?" (Isaac's HoY who is a rather nice chap!) to which Isaac replied 'Sitting right there next to where you're standing' motioning to just beside my left elbow. I apparently went rather pink but Mr W was (hopefully) too engrossed in consulting another parent to notice!
Away from BVGS, I had to smile ruefully as my wonderful science lesson on the seasons was all but forgotten by the pupils who were far more inspired by snow falling.
And I managed not to cause an sharp intakes of breath in my Chinese New Year assembly this week.
I finished my book last night - and just about everything turned out ok.
It wasn't raining at break so I got to escape the classroom for 15 minutes albeit on duty!
A surprisingly cooperative and mostly engaged Y6 this morning; we may be getting somewhere with them. And I amused them with my punching to demonstrate stress patterns!
A lovely class assembly by Y1 who were adorable - as were Nursery who sat beautifully! Flatulent cows are hugely amusing of course.
The Jump is proving very entertaining.
Making flags with food also amused me - not as good as these though!
Rediscovering a silly song that I composed to teach family members in Spanish made me smile today. Hope Y3 like it tomorrow!
PE INSET was amusing - smacking my face into the serving hatch wasn't exactly fun, but if anyone is going to have a mishap, it had to be me!
An obsession in Year 4 with putting a duck billed platypus into stories made me smile - in Spanish, it's un ornitorrinco btw!
Jude's trumpet playing also made me smile as did his reaction when I commented that I think he's grown.
Jude a year ago!
Half way through my working week - but two full days with break duties on both and an assembly to finish me off Thursday.
Great Twitter banter about #ILILC4 lessened the post-BETT blues as did sunshine this afternoon and Sprüngli chocolates!
I ran 5 miles fairly quickly and planned some lessons in ultra quick time so I've done one of tomorrow's jobs this evening whilst watching TheJump and The Three Musketeers. I still have countless things to do though...
One thing at a time - and I have planned my wardrobe for #ILILC4 :)
BETT, TeachmeetBETT and TeachEat all provided plenty of opportunity for smiles whether it was meeting people, presenting on the Brainpop stand, drinking cider and laughing hysterically or deciding that I was taking the use of my cake stand as a frisbee too seriously and should just clip the culprit around the ear!
And then there was the hideous picture of me that amused all my Twitter friends!
Then there was travelling on the DLR after TeachEat in a group with Tony who had his face painted as tiger; we were asked by fellow travellers how we could have a sensible conversation with him looking like that. Easily we replied - we're used to it!
Glad to be back in my hotel though having had three encounters with drunken men (none known to me and none close thank goodness!)
Arrived in London for BETT and this is my bed for the next two nights. It's huge! And I'm very tired so I'm looking forward to making use of it. Cupcakes have survived this far and my train journey wasn't too bad. However, the Tube induced a panic I barely controlled and I was so relieved to escape that a hysterical smile was plastered on my face throughout the DLR leg of my trip. I anticipate further smiles as I meet up with friends old and new over the next 48 hours!
Very busy at the moment with BETT approaching, a display to put up, lessons to teach, presentations pending and lots of messages that need answering not to mention managing an eTwinning project in which our bear seems to have had a rocky start and technology is not working as it might. Oh yes, and then there are the cupcakes I promised for TeachMeet.
Still, a very fast blast around the block, up and down some hills has cleared my head and I'm on the case.
Smiles? Yes, plenty of those but none that I can particularly put my finger on. Just been a good day in all the busy-ness.
So, here's a packet of chocolate fingers courtesy of Angela the birthday girl - and thanks to the other birthday girl, Fiona, for the rocky roads!
The ongoing saga of the Wii Remote Extension thingummybob.
Curry for dinner that was hotter than I thought and caused Jude some buccal discomfort.
Seeing both my boys looking (nearly) healthy at last.
And today's photo? I was planning what to say at TeachmeetTakeover and it made me think back to previous BETTs including this one when I borrowed the Gerbera daisy from the table in PizzaExpress. Wonder what it'll be like at the Excel?
Smiles today came in all my classes at some point. Some funny answers, some very good questions, and some mangling of the Spanish language that led my native speaking Y6 and I to swiftly choose between wry smiling over crying in despair!
Coming home on a Thursday always makes me smile - no school on Fridays!
And the ball pit episode of TBBT is guaranteed to make the tiredest person giggle!
Today's photo is from this time last year. I miss Swiss shop displays. So amusing and quirky.
This has been a Focus Week at WPS with everyone studying Famous Artists. In Spanish we've been learning about Picasso, Dalí and Miró, and looking at colour in their paintings. This afternoon Year 3 had a go at imitating Miró - here are a couple of examples. I was very impressed.
An old friend coming round for coffee made me smile too.
And hugs from my boys who are both poorly put a big smile on my face.
Thanks to Viv for sharing this with me today, thus doing as advised on the calendar!
Two parcels waiting for me at work - I love parcels!
Some good conversations with colleagues.
I managed to get through the day at school without using my 'angry' voice, just my 'cross' one when Y5 were soooo fussy!
I finally managed to get into the Google Hangout that I wanted to attend.
TGBBO hadn't finished when my meeting ended so I got to see Johnny Vaughan discover how to use the oven properly on Day 2, having grilled (by accident) biscuits and a tarte tatin the previous day!!
And I'm lying in a hot bath writing this, considering why exactly I was planning science lessons in my sleep at 3am last night/this morning, particularly as they had nothing to do with space (which would make some sense as I am actually teaching that sometimes this term.)
A lovely afternoon in the Peak District. More mud than we'd bargained on and it was rather treacherous on places but I had fun. Not sure the boys did - they gave it 3/10, 1 mark each for the stepping stones, the sunset and the biscuit/flapjack near the end.
Welford Bear has been parcelled off to the first destination of his eTwinning trip around Europe; Wales! Hope it makes it back in June! Welford is on the right - Wellard on the left is keeping Jude smiling as he's quite attached to Welford ;)
It's Thursday! No teaching on Fridays although I have plenty of work to do!
It always makes me smile when children ask really interesting questions and we had lots of those in Y5 this morning related to space. Most of them I couldn't answer so hopefully we'll find out together this half term!
I did assembly this afternoon about new beginnings and told KS2 about my life sort of beginning again when I was 40 and moving to Switzerland. Choosing the images to use was a long task but the children seemed to enjoy the pictures, especially the man polishing the traffic lights! I miss the idiosyncrasies of Switzerland sometimes...
Funny things of FB today; my cousin Lizzie posted this (well it were her husband actually but her text!)
"During swimming lesson Nate removed his swim shorts and gave them to his teacher so embarrassed!! They are not allowed to put them back on because of child protection so he had to walk round the pool naked!! He DID NOT get sweets!!!! Lx"
I LOVE my family!
And this link shared by Simon about a Dad who draws art on his kids' sandwich bags.
Lots of smiles and laughter as Isaac recounted his Citizenship lesson; it seems that phrase of the lesson was 'I mean the condom, not the penis!'
Back to school today. Smiles grew stronger gradually as everyone woke up...
Big smiles on the faces of 5TC as two if them tried to eat "las uvas de la suerte" to the chimes of the clock in the Puerta de Sol in Madrid. And once they'd finished - and succeeded, they smiled too! There ended a day of explaining El Día de Reyes!
Other big smile was on returning home to discover Isaac had scored full marks in a German GCSE assessment.
This made me smile, in fact positively beam! I love it! Thank you @Ideas_Factory - you are so clever and very kind! All because I admired some other spoof stamps he'd made and said I'd like one of them(meaning the stamps he'd made not my own!) Not sure about a legend but I try my best!
It's been a busy day with trips to fetch parcels, have coffee and visit the optician amongst other things. A new top in the Debenhams sale made me happy, as did a tasty toasted teacake. Finally submitting a form over which I've been slaving elicited a huge smile. Jude parading in his new PJs was very funny, as were Mr Mitchell and Mr Steer on Pointless (thank heavens they won!)
And I'm now rather engrossed in The Bridge which, although not making me smile at the content, is pleasing as I miss Borgen!
Jude is currently making me smile a lot with his desperation for the ginger cake to cool down! I might let him out of his misery soon ;)
It has rained for much of the day and I've spent far too long on the process of filling in a form. However, there's plenty that has made me smile too!
Kind friends who encourage me when I'm in need of help.
A 'Tea pixie' who insists on making a cup of tea then forgets to make it.
Funny posts on FB with which I can identify - misspelt names (mispronounced and/or shortened without permission!), yummy food and tales of trying to fairly share chocolate - Thanks Euan, Sim and Janet!
A BBC Four programme about Don Black that meant that I could indulge in 90 minutes of his songs sung by a variety of people.
The shower after a run in the freezing wind and rain.
My mad sister, brother in law and nephew on the way to a Harry Potter party - and the idea of dressing Bob up as a mandrake, even if not carried out, was a slice of absolute genius as anyone who knows Bob would understand!
And, the look on Jude's face when I did let him have a slice of cake :)
Lots of snuggles with Bob who used me as a pillow and, once he was convinced that "grangra" wasn't coming, kept turning to me and saying my name. Later, I was granted the ultimate accolade of having my arm sniffed and eliciting "mmmm" from him!
Meanwhile, "the terrible trio" continued shooting their film which is set to rival Lord of the Rings in length of time taken to complete. I'm not sure what the other inhabitants of the courtyard thought about the oddly clad children brandishing wooden weaponry not to mention the adult in cycling shorts and smoking jacket.
Here's Jude sporting a fine head of hair. Even more unruly than his own barnet!
The chilli chocolate challenge was taken by all of us after lunch. Jude was rendered speechless by a sliver of the hottest one; Isaac hoovered up the remains of all our chocolates! I was fine after the first which disabled all sensation in my mouth. (Not sure Crabbies is the best drink to cool the mouth...)
Whilst visiting the doctors isn't usually a reason to smile, it was good to see lovely Dr D who I've missed whilst in Switzerland. Always greets you with a smile and shows interest in your life - as well as dealing with your ailments obviously!
And I'm reading Oops by Hywel Bennett. Making me think but also smile a lot!
Having considered what challenge to undertake this year, I felt that continuing to focus on the good things in life was important to me and, possibly more importantly, to others so that's what I'll do!
Even on the darkest days, there are smiles to be found somewhere if you just look for them. And if you can't find one, I'll let you have one of mine. You can return the smile one day when I need one.