365 days in my shoes Day 304

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The array and quality of blogging is on the up with new bloggers as well as those well established bloggers.

Fabulous blogposts during half term on the timelines.

I couldn’t keep up with such amazing reads. It has been difficult to choose what to add so there are several this week!

To the twitter giants with Steve Truan! Via @truan_steve
http://stevetruan1.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/to-all-those-twitter-giants/

@RealGeoffBarton: Is turn-taking only human? Fascinating blog @LanguageLog: http://t.co/WtyEVB1Lsv #EngChat

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=7989

Qualified teacher status with Alex Quigley @huntingenglish
http://www.huntingenglish.com/2013/10/26/michael-gove-wrong-qualified-teacher-status/

Notes on a coup T&L takeover
http://improvingteaching.co.uk/2013/10/27/notes-on-a-coup-tlt13/

Community counts via Kenny Pieper @kennypieper
http://justtryingtobebetter.net/community-counts/

Tait Coles Punk learning THE PEDAGOGY OF FREEDOM
http://taitcoles.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/the-pedagogy-of-freedom/

Extended learning opportunities via @headguruteacher Tom Sherrington
http://headguruteacher.com/2013/10/20/extended-learning-opportunities-update/

Teacher talk by Martin Robinson
http://martinrobborobinson.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/teacher-talk-sounding-into-ears/

7 signs you might be Gove.
http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2013/10/25/7-signs-you-might-be-michael-gove/

Get it together with Steve Wheeler @timbuckteeth
http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/get-it-together.html

Don’t lose sleep over OFSTED.
https://www.edapt.org.uk/news/2013/10/ofsted-dont-lose-any-sleep-over-it-katie-ashford-blog#.UmzTTLIgGSO

Why it matters to me. The secret PGCE student
http://englishpgcme.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/why-it-matters-to-me.html?m=1

Exploding leadership via @tomboulter
http://thinkingonlearning.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/exploding-leadership-problem-of.html

Peepshows and rubbernecks via @teachertoolkit
http://teachertoolkit.me/2013/10/24/peepshows-and-rubbernecks-by-teachertoolkit/

Summative assessment with Tom Sherrington via @headteacherguru
http://headguruteacher.com/2013/10/28/formative-use-of-summative-tests-marking-blogsync/

What are professional ethics via @oldandrewuk
http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/letter-from-a-professional-part-2-what-are-professional-ethics/

Every teacher matters via @MooreLynne1
http://villageschoolhead.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/every-teacher-matters.html

Via @tomboulter
http://thinkingonlearning.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/improving-requires-improvement.html

365 days in my shoes Day 303

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It’s Wednesday. But it’s not just any Wednesday. It’s mine!

Mine because it’s myself special day!

Champagne breakfast too! Pink as well!

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Happy birthday rendition especially in a style that hits my spot!

For everyone else who shares my day, happy birthday to you too!

Have an ORRsome day!

Birthdays and events for October 30th
http://www.biography.com/on-this-day/october-30

Henry Winkler -The Fonz 67

Harry Hamlin – 61

Diego Maradona – 52

Christopher Columbus – 562

Wonderful for David Bowie to call on my special day! Lol.

365 days in my shoes Day 302

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I love my job as head teacher. It’s the best job in the world for me. It’s challenging and can take me in and out of my comfort zone regularly. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This is for all head teachers out there!

I feel very privileged to have an amazing network of head teachers both via twitter and in my immediate cluster of schools. The support, ideas and inspiration is brilliant.

The role of head teacher can often be seen as a very lonely position, however, through the power of twitter, one is very rarely alone. The response is immediate and incredibly empowering. I love it. There are so many HTs on twitter who give willingly of their time no matter how busy their own schedule may be. They do this without hesitation and without question. I am privileged to be supported by such an ORRsome team. Thank you. I hope that there are occasions where I am able to reciprocate too.

So, this is for you because you’re worth it!

An ode to all head teachers!

Here’s to all head teachers,
Enabling staff to grow,
You lead and shape the vision,
Sharing what you know.

Oh to be outstanding,
This is what we dream,
Working hard together,
We really are a team.

A team that will hear
Every word that you screech,
Every day of your life,
For as long as you teach.

Climb the league tables,
Assess high and low,
Track your students daily,
Testing what they know.

A team that believes
They can really succeed,
Give them care and support,
For as long as you lead.

Here’s to all head teachers,
Who go the extra mile,
Although OFSTED is looming,
Don’t forget to smile.

SMILE! It confuses others and makes them wonder what you’re up to!

365 days in my shoes Day 300

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It’s day 300.

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300 days into the year 2013 leaving only 65 until we reach 2014. Back in January, as a result of receiving a shoe calendar for Christmas, I came up with the idea of using each picture from the calendar to start a daily blog.

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Hard to believe that I’ve blogged for 300 days consecutively.

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Blog posts tend to have a theme of learning, shoes and music.

One of my biggest passions in learning has to be ensuring the foundations of language, literacy and numeracy are secure for children. It’s not about chalk and talk or teaching to the test but about enabling children to have the keys and tools that support them in accessing learning beyond belief.

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Here is a selection of my blog posts on such topics, interspersed by my love of shoes and music!

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If only
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-4/

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Whole school approach to improving writing
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-5/

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Learning keys
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-6/

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Punctuation
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-11/

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Grammar
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-13/

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Thinking skills
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-20/

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Reading – taught not caught
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-22/

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VCOP
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/24/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-24/

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Non-fiction writing across the curriculum
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-32/

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High 5
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-52/

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Dragons
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/dragons/

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SPaG with Pie
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-68/

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A day with Tim Rylands
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-75/

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5 a week English
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-78/

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5 a week maths
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-89/

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All five elements of five a week English
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-120/

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All five elements of five a week maths
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-121/

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Blogging with Sutton and Mitchell
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-127/

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100 word challenge with Julia Skinner
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-194/

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MORR from Pie
https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/04/24/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-114/

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365 days in my shoes Day 299

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Lots of fun with tweets on the timeline this week.

This first one has to be among my favourites and occupied quite a bit of time!

Whack #gove beat the highest score!!!
http://www.magicalmaths.org/i-bet-you-can-not-beat-the-highest-score-whack-the-gove/

I only managed a score of 576.2!

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Tweet your highest score with screenshot proof!

Good teachers teach. No gadgets! via @MrWaldram
http://benwaldram.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/gtauk-an-academy-hopeful/

@ICTmagic: Help your colleagues discover the wonders of Twitter with this poster http://t.co/h93aDO67lI #ukedchat #sltchat http://t.co/AP5JWuThFk
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@magicalmaths: One for the scientists who are pirates.. http://t.co/JGpYXYJFju
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@WOWFactsOfLife: There is a bridge made entirely of trampolines: http://t.co/Hc7JphPf
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Amazing kid’s bed!
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@Primary_Ed: Microsoft keyboard shortcuts all in one poster!
http://t.co/mWAs7xsJpi #ukedchat #edchat #edtech #edcampseacoast #sunchat #microsoft
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@Fascinatingpics: This cheese shop chalkboard is brilliant. http://t.co/wqdwtWIOhb
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@RachelOrr: @HYWEL_ROBERTS keynote. ORRsome! #excelsiorTM http://t.co/rQFLaxcgHI
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Great fun at #tmblakes13 with @simfin taking a shot within a shot!
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365 days in my shoes Day 298

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It’s Friday! It’s half term! Well, for me it is.

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How’s your week been?

Plans for half term?

It’s my birthday during half term so have lots of family and friends events to go to.

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Fab weekend spent with family.

Having won some vivo vouchers at Woodham teachmeet! my order finally arrived. It had taken me ages to decide what to get as there were so many amazing things from which to choose.

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Loved testing out my corkcicle.

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Dinner for family included spatchcocking my chicken piri piri style too!

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Always love to set a table!

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Monday

Starting the week with happiness.

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-294/

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Tuesday

Important that we take care of ourselves!

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-295/

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Wednesday

What’s in a word? William Shakespeare

https://highheelsandhighnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/365-days-in-my-shoes-day-296/

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Thursday

ORRsome teachmeet evening at Excelsior Academy followed by Blakes!

Two brilliant teachmeets back to back and both very different.

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IT’S FRIDAY!

Half term is here. I can’t believe how quickly my first half term in post has gone.

Visiting family over half term, flu jab and general self MOT as well as celebrating my birthday!

365 days in my shoes Day 297

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What another week of fabulous blog posts hitting the timelines!

Great variety this week. An ORRsome selection to read.

One minute wonder with Dan Roberts via @chickenplymouth
http://www.imagineeducation.net/whatshappening/?p=469

The Trojan mouse via @kevbartle
http://dailygenius.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/the-gruffalo-an-allegory-for-trojan-mice/

Graphic scores from @classicfm
http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/graphic-scores-art-music-pictures/cage-water-music/

Via Alex Quigley @huntingenglish One to one feedback and testing what works.
http://www.huntingenglish.com/2013/10/17/one-one-feedback-testing-works/

Questioning the questions with Chris Curtis via @Xris32
http://learningfrommymistakesenglish.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/questioning-questions.html?m=0

Monkey learns via @hgaldinoshea
http://monkeylearns.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/tlt13-my-presentation-on-questioning.html

The 10 stages of twitter via Daniel Edwards
http://dedwards.me/2012/06/13/teachers-the-10-stages-of-twitter/

The guilty teacher by Ross McGill @teachertoolkit
http://teachertoolkit.me/2013/10/18/the-guiltyteacher-guilty-as-charged-by-teachertoolkit/?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=buffera4d2b&utm_medium=twitter

Next generation learning Steve Wheeler via @timbuckteeth
http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/next-generation-learning.html

Bad SMT via @oldandrewuk
http://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/how-to-be-bad-smt/

Mr Gove’s brilliant idea via @PaulbernalUK
http://paulbernal.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/mr-goves-brilliant-idea/

What makes a good leader? Via @TessaLMatthews
http://tabularasaeducation.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/school-leaders/

Always an amazing MUST read from John Tomsett
http://johntomsett.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/this-much-i-know-about-developing-a-dweck-inspired-growth-mindset-culture/

365 days in my shoes Day 296

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Shakespeare fans – a bit of fun!

To be or not to be?

Macbeth
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Titus Andronicus
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Henry IV part two
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King Lear
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Words for whom we have William Shakespeare to thank.

1. ADDICTION: OTHELLO, ACT II, SCENE II

“It is Othello’s pleasure, our noble and valiant general, that, upon certain tidings now arrived, importing the mere perdition of the Turkish fleet, every man put himself into triumph; some to dance, some to make bonfires, each man to what sport and revels his addiction leads him.” – Herald

If not for that noble and valiant general and his playwright, our celebrity news coverage might be sorely lacking.

2. ARCH-VILLAIN: TIMON OF ATHENS, ACT V, SCENE I

“You that way and you this, but two in company; each man apart, all single and alone, yet an arch-villain keeps him company.” – Timon

With the added prefix of arch-, meaning more extreme than others of the same type, Shakespeare was able to distinguish the baddest of the bad.

3. ASSASSINATION: MACBETH, ACT I, SCENE VII

“If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well it were done quickly: if the assassination could trammel up the consequence, and catch with his surcease success.” – Macbeth

Though the term “assassin” had been observed in use prior to the Scottish play, it seems apt that the work introduced yet another term for murder most foul.

4. BEDAZZLED: THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ACT IV, SCENE V

“Pardon, old father, my mistaking eyes, that have been so bedazzled with the sun that everything I look on seemeth green.” – Katherina

A word first used to describe the particular gleam of sunlight is now used to sell rhinestone-embellished jeans. Maybe poetry really is dead.

5. BELONGINGS: MEASURE FOR MEASURE, ACT I, SCENE I

“Thyself and thy belongings are not thine own so proper as to waste thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.” – Duke Vincentio

People prior to Shakespeare’s time did own things; they just referred to them by different words.

6. COLD-BLOODED: KING JOHN, ACT III, SCENE I

“Thou cold-blooded slave, hast thou not spoke like thunder on my side, been sworn my soldier, bidding me depend upon thy stars, thy fortune and thy strength, and dost thou now fall over to my fores?” – Constance

Beyond its literal meaning, the 17th-century play initiated a metaphorical use for the term that is now most often used to describe serial killers and vampires—two categories which, of course, need not be mutually exclusive.

7. DISHEARTEN: HENRY V, ACT IV, SCENE I

“Therefore when he sees reason of fears, as we do, his fears, out of doubt, be of the same relish as ours are: yet, in reason, no man should possess him with any appearance of fear, lest he, by showing it, should dishearten his army.” – King Henry V

The opposite of “hearten,” a word already extant at the time of Shakespeare’s writing, “dishearten” was most appropriately first utilized in print by King Henry V, who didn’t let insurmountable odds at the Battle of Agincourt get him down.

8. EVENTFUL: AS YOU LIKE IT, ACT II, SCENE VII

“Last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion, sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.” – Jaques

If all the world’s a stage, it’s safe to assume that an event or two is taking place.

9. EYEBALL: THE TEMPEST, ACT I, SCENE II

“Go make thyself like a nymph o’ the sea: be subject to no sight but thine and mine, invisible to every eyeball else.” – Prospero

Shakespeare’s protagonist Prospero, though no medical doctor, can claim to be the first fictional character to name those round objects with which we see.

10. FASHIONABLE: TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, ACT III, SCENE III

“For time is like a fashionable host that slightly shakes his parting guest by the hand, and with his arms outstretch’d, as he would fly, grasps in the comer: welcome ever smiles, and farewell goes out sighing.” – Ulysses

And with just 11 letters, centuries of debate over what’s hot or not began.

11. HALF-BLOODED/HOT-BLOODED: KING LEAR, ACT V, SCENE III/ ACT III, SCENE III

“Half-blooded fellow, yes.” – Albany

“Why, the hot-blooded France, that dowerless took our youngest born, I could as well be brought to knee his throne, and, squire-like; pension beg to keep base life afoot.” – Lear

As is the tradition in Shakespearean tragedy, nearly everyone in King Lear dies, so the linguistic fascination here with blood is unsurprising, to say the least.

12. INAUDIBLE: ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, ACT V, SCENE III

“Let’s take the instant by the forward top; for we are old, and on our quick’st decrees the inaudible and noiseless foot of Time steals ere we can effect them.” – King of France

One of a number of words (invulnerable, indistinguishable, inauspicious, among others) which Shakespeare invented only in the sense of adding a negative in- prefix where it had never been before.

13. LADYBIRD: ROMEO AND JULIET, ACT I, SCENE III

“What, lamb! What, ladybird! God forbid! Where’s this girl? What, Juliet!” – Nurse

Although the Oxford English Dictionary notes that this particular term of endearment has fallen into disuse, maybe it’s about time for its comeback. Valentine’s Day is coming up, after all.

14. MANAGER: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ACT V, SCENE I

“Where is our usual manager of mirth? What revels are in hand? Is there no play to ease the anguish of a torturing hour?” – King Theseus

If not for Shakespeare, workday complaining in the office break room just wouldn’t be the same.

15. MULTITUDINOUS: MACBETH, ACT II, SCENE II

“No, this my hand will rather the multitudinous seas in incarnadine, making the green one red.” – Macbeth

“Multitudinous” may not be the most appropriate synonym when the phrase “a lot” starts to crop up too often in your writing, but it’s certainly the one with the most letters.

16. NEW-FANGLED: LOVE’S LABOUR’S LOST, ACT I, SCENE I

“At Christmas I no more desire a rose than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth.” – Biron

Ironically, this word sounds old-fashioned if used today.

17. PAGEANTRY: PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE, ACT V, SCENE II

“This, my last boon, give me, for such kindness must relieve me, that you aptly will suppose what pageantry, what feats, what shows, what minstrelsy, and pretty din, the regent made in Mytilene to greet the king.” – Gower

Although modern scholars generally agree that Shakespeare only appears to have written the second half of the play, this newly invented term for an extravagant ceremonial display appears in the section definitively authored by the Bard.

18. SCUFFLE: ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, ACT I, SCENE I

“His captain’s heart, which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst the buckles on his breast, reneges all temper, and is become the bellows and the fan to cool a gipsy’s lust.” – Philo

Another example of an existing verb that Shakespeare decided could stand up just as well as a noun.

19. SWAGGER: HENRY V, ACT II, SCENE IV/A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, ACT III, SCENE I

“An’t please your majesty, a rascal that swaggered with me last night.” – Williams

“What hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here, so near the cradle of the fairy queen?” – Puck

By transitive property, Shakespeare is responsible for Justin Bieber’s “swag.”

20. UNCOMFORTABLE: ROMEO AND JULIET, ACT IV, SCENE V

“Despised, distressed, hated, martyr’d, kill’d! Uncomfortable time, why camest thou now to murder, murder our solemnity?” – Capulet

Un- was another prefix Shakespeare appended to adjectives with a liberal hand. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, a tragedy in which a father mourns his daughter’s suicide, “uncomfortable” seems to have originated with a slightly more drastic sense than how we use it now.

Of course, just because the first written instances of these terms appeared in Shakespeare’s scripts doesn’t preclude the possibility that they existed in the oral tradition prior to his recording them, but as Shakespeare might have said, it was high time (The Comedy of Errors) for such household words (Henry V).

Fab fun here!

365 days in my shoes Day 295

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How are you?

Are you well? Good!

If not, never feel guilty.

Having read @Teachertoolkit blog post on feeling guilty and not looking after oneself, this is for everyone who needs to make sure they have some ‘me time’.

http://teachertoolkit.me/2013/10/18/the-guiltyteacher-guilty-as-charged-by-teachertoolkit/

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I have an amazing staff at my new school. We have had an incredibly busy and intense start to our first half term together. Obviously, I am keen to get off to a great start and we want the best for our school. I know my staff work tirelessly, relentlessly and go the extra mile. They put children at the heart of everything we do.

It is my job to look after them. To make sure they have time allocated for whole school areas and issues etc…

It’s very easy to tell someone they need to out themselves or family first, isn’t it? The hard bit is actually DOING IT!

I have been overwhelmed by how much they look out for and after me.

Emails and texts this week have shown me how much the staff I am privileged to lead are very much a ‘we’ and an ‘us’. There definitely isn’t an ‘I’ in team where I am working.

In order to look after others one has to be able to look after oneself.

I know I have burned the candle at both ends and the middle over the last few weeks. Have I cleared the decks yet? Probably not and probably never will. Our decks never really clear, do they? I am sure a lot of things piling up on our decks are our choice and ultimately our fault.

However, no matter how well you want to do, how much you want to impress, or how hard you think you are working; you must always stop, reflect, evaluate and ensure you have that moment of downtime, the me time, being you and knowing it is good enough.

I also feel very privileged to have some amazing head teacher and other SLMT contacts on twitter who check up on me every now and again, and likewise, I check up on them too.

Whether it’s a text, DM, email or phone call, just knowing you’re being thought of, being asked how things are, how you are etc… a little reminder about leaving work at a reasonable hour, leaving the work in the workplace and not bringing it home all the time etc… Often it can be easy to tell others to do all of this but not so easy to do it yourself and that’s when you really need the nudge in the right direction from others every now and again.

We look out for each other.

We aim high to be the best we can be.

We look out for each other at all times.

Working together achieves mORR.

Make sure you stop and simply be!

STOP, THINK, RESPECT YOURSELF!

STOP
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THINK
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RESPECT YOURSELF
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TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF!

“Do something every day that is loving toward your body and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the sensations of your body.” ~Golda Poretsky

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“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by my self.” ~Brian Andreas

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“Your breathing is your greatest friend. Return to it in all your troubles and you will find comfort and guidance.” ~Unknown

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“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

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”In dealing with those who are undergoing great suffering, if you feel “burnout” setting in, if you feel demoralized and exhausted, it is best, for the sake of everyone, to withdraw and restore yourself. The point is to have a long-term perspective.” ~ Dalai Lama

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“Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life.” ~ Steve Maraboli

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“The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.” ~C. Joybell C.

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“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners” ~ William Shakespeare

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“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld

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“Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort.” ~Deborah Day

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Take care of yourself before taking care of others who more than likely don’t even appreciate what you do for them!

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While loving and taking care of others don’t forget to love and take care of your

Know what you do is enough and it is GOOD enough.

You are enough!

Be you!

We will survive!