Let the madness commence

 

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!

Hello! For many of you that know me this will be hilarious since you know my propensity to change degrees/Universities. I started off doing Business Management at Heriot-Watt, changed to History teaching at Stirling; then to English and History teaching and currently, I’m just doing English teaching. Lol. I took a weird route but I’m finally doing something I love.

A Student-teacher can never really “chill”

My Education module has been full speed ahead with the likes of planning lessons etc. In Stirling, we do something called “link practice” which focuses on our ‘mid-term’ planning skills, preparing us for placement. It is 6 lessons that have the be sequential but 3 are taught by one person and the other 3 taught by another, the person teaching is always filmed. Personally, I have started designing a 6-week drama programme but we will have to see, it could all be a bit ambitious for the time we have. One piece of advice I would give on this is- start as early as possible and ensure that your lessons aren’t simply just “fun” but really do benefit the pupils. Make sure they adhere to the framework of whatever curriculum you follow because otherwise, those lesson plans will be fun.

I’ve joined a society!

Honestly, I can’t believe I’ve left it this long. I love Drama and now I’ve  joined the Drama society and love it. (For teaching especially it will boost confidence and help you to create a “presence” in any room). The people are down to earth and truly talented. They put on some really good shows and are doing the Crucible next, I’ll keep you updated!

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This is only a handful of the drama society in their most recent production: Twelfth Night. 

Church Life

Being back at church has been lovely. Iain and Ann (my minister and his wife) are like second parents to me and I generally have a lot of love for my congregation overall.  Now that I’ve been in the church for a good while I’ve increasingly seen it as my responsibility to care for others in the church family and establish relationships with them. I think that as students we are often guilty for developing this “we’re poor, serve us” mentality. We all know the reality is that you really don’t need a lot of money to be hospitable and loving, it can be shown in many different ways. Even if you’re more comfortable with just inviting other students around and playing games or watching a movie, that’s a start! I myself struggle with this area so don’t worry! A guest speaker at our CU once made the point that if you don’t start being hospitable now then when will you? Maybe it’s a load of rubbish but it’s food for thought eh?

Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. ( Romans 12 v 10-13.) stir .jpg

All the students at The Greer’s house for lunch on Sunday. The church are so good to us!

My crazy, mental “Refreshers week”

I feel like such an old woman because it was a pretty boring week but I enjoyed it! Went to see “La La Land”. Wow. 5/5 for me. It plays on the old Hollywood-movie cliche and there’s a musical theme thread throughout that is tied so elegantly together in the Epilogue that it leaves you breathless. And then there’s Ryan Gosling so that’s nice. I also went for heaps of coffees this week, I’m sure many Christian students find themselves in a coffee shop at least once a week.

Thanks for reading!

Abbie

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