So, first and most importantly, I need to announce a winner of the Washi tape. So without further ado, I proclaim that Rachel B, if you email me (kirsty dot merran at googlemail dot com) your address, I will send you a treat! Yay!
For the Scrap Factor auditions over at UKScrappers, I had to make a non-photo page. Never done that before. But I figured I needed to scrap something that I didn't have any photos for, so that I wouldn't miss them.
And so to good advice. Please don't get the impression that I'm going to give some. I deal mainly in awkward/comedic/tension relieving sarcasm, or at the very least, I like to think I do. But I do like to receive good advice. Especially if it's pithy and easy to recall.
When I started training to be a teacher, lots of people gave me advice. Much of it was indeed pithy and easy to recall. Treats such as
"If you're a woman, always wear good shoes and chunky jewellery"
" 'On the floor' is not a filing system"
"On break duty, if you take one crisp from each student, you don't need to bring in your own packet"
This is advice of a sort and it's definitely pithy, but I would not necessarily term it good. Good advice ran more towards the:
"Make sure you make time for yourself of teaching won't just be your job, it will be your life"
Good advice, but not as pithy. So where does the middle ground lie? My favourite piece of good advice came from a highly unexpected source: a very sombre, academic sort who mentored a group of us in one of the schools we trained in. And it went like this:
"Teaching is not an act. But it is a performance."
I think this is great advice: approach each lesson with bounce, enthusiasm, a clean sheet, a new leaf, another tautological metaphor that means the same thing and good humour. But don't ever be fake because they will see right through you. Good advice.
And pithy too.
P.S. And making that page was how I found out that if your story doesn't need pictures, nor does your page. Gotta have a moral.