Why Autumn/Winter 2017 Is Going To Be The Best!



So there are many reasons why I’m super excited for this autumn/winter to get in full-swing. Here are just a few…

Moneyyyyy! For the first time in my life (apart from my gap year) I am working a full-time job with no money commitments; last time I was saving every penny for uni and travelling. Of course, I am trying to save to move out, but that’s just a ‘if I have the pennies, I’ll put them away’ kinda save. Anyway, this means that I am, for the first time, able to spend as much money as I possibly can on Christmas! I’ve always dreamed of a Christmas where I can spend loads on my family’s presents, buy myself a tree and decs and all the crappy nutcracker ornaments I can fit in my basket!


Job prospects. So I work as a teaching assistant in a secondary school, but my absolute dream job is to work in literacy intervention for kids who needs extra English lessons. I love the school I work in at the moment and never want to leave, but I was beginning to worry that I might have to, as I can’t stay as a TA forever… I have done an English degree and taken a Higher Level Teaching Assistant course to prepare me for my dream job role- now it’s all about applying!


Autumn/winter vibes in general… So who doesn’t love cosy autumn nights? Or trips to the nearest field hosting a firework display? Trick or treating (or in my case, getting no trick or treaters and eating a hundred packets of sweets in one evening). Cosy jumpers, dark evenings, stinging rain, frozen lips and icy windscreens. Can it get any better? Not to even mention Christmas!!


Graduation!!! So I graduate in just over a week’s time… How scary is that? I’m thinking of doing a post all about my uni experiences and struggles. When I look back, I can’t believe I am where I am today. I never thought I would ever be graduating from university with a 2:1 in English Literature and Creative Writing. Little ol’ me.


Plans with friends. I’m so excited about doing autumny/wintery things with people this year and have made so many plans to get me super excited. Christmas market visiting, pumpkin picking, concerts in Sheffield (well, just the one, but woo!), road trips and Christmas parties…

Let me know what your autumn/winter plans are and why you’re excited for the changing season.







12 Things No Teacher Has Ever Said in the Month of September

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Okay, so I’m not a teacher, I’m a secondary Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant (SEN TA if you’re feeling savvy…). Even so, September is the worst month in the life of anyone who works in education. Not only is it another 10 months until another six week holiday, but we have to learn names of (in my school, anyway) about 350 new students AND get to know them AND be nice to them. AS WELL AS remember names and facts about 2,600 other students. I mean, my brain turned to mush over the summer, your’s didn’t?what_day_is_it_grande.png

Here are some statements that won’t be passing my lips, nor the lips of any of my colleagues in the next month (at least):


1.       “Wow, that holiday went so slowly, I can’t believe we had six weeks off.”

2.       “I really missed my students, especially year 9.”

3.       “Thank you, yes I have lost weight!”

4.       “This classroom is so tidy, I did such a good job cleaning up here in July.”

5.       “I’m so glad I didn’t come into school in the holiday to get a head start.”

6.       “I have literally no work to do.”

7.       “I hope October half term doesn’t come too quickly!”

8.       “I love starting and finishing work in the dark now that winter’s coming…”

9.       “I forgot how well behaved kids aged 11-18 are…”

10.   “I can’t wait to welcome the new teachers and tell them how great it is working      here.”

11.   “I feel so energised!”

12.   “I hope I don’t win the lottery because I’d hate to have to never come back here again.”summers-off

Happy new school year! Whether you are a student, a parent or a follow teacher, may the academic year 2017-2018 treat you right…