What a day!

Boy 15th December 2021 will go down as one of mixed emotions. The idea that we’ve still got 6 more teaching days until we break up and we’re crawling to the finish. I know many of you aren’t teachers and think, well I don’t break up until Christmas Eve, there you teachers go again moaning about the time you work. All I can say is come and try it, including brother of mrsphysics, who think we do nothing but swan around with cups of tea and have 6 weeks of holiday. You are probably people who have your evenings, weekends and holidays to yourself, instead of like me spending my evenings with a pile of books or test papers and setting up for another 6 period day, and after a couple of weeks recovering in the summer trying to work out how to improve things for next year and catch my breath.

I didn’t get much sleep last night, no idea what was on my mind. I’d been tossing and turning for hours so thought I’d get up early and maybe do a few more lesson plans. It was only 3:05 am.

Things really began to look up when I found this in my inbox……

Thank you so much Emma and the Team- look at that smile, life is worth living xxxx

If you can’t read the image it says

Hello Mrs Physics! (Mrs Hargreaves), / Jennie
Apologies that it took sooo long to get back to you. We really do love your content and yes I understand totally how risky it can feel keeping the site secure, and website costs are expensive. Let’s hope it survives though to help many more in the time being πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—πŸ™
It certainly is useful for South Africa- the curriculum is actually very similar (at least in the Sciences) to the Scottish curriculum which I used to teach so I like to give them a broad range of sources as the sa curriculum can be a bit dry and boring on its own (!)
We really appreciate such a fresh approach to physics which can be dull and boring if we allow it, very easily πŸ˜‚. I’m actually a biologist hence needing to find resources like yours to help me teach the physics 😊. So I’m eternally grateful thank you. 
If you have a source for chemistry to sign post us to that would be great, but wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, from us here in Soweto Township, South Africa πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰
Emma & the team πŸ’œ

That was so amazing. I suggested they look at https://chemistry-teaching-resources.com/ and anything by Dr Adrian Allan, who as well as a Chemistry teacher is also a magician, and that makes the work of the rest of us look a bit boring!

The whole day was not so great, so I needed this lovely email from Emma to get me through the day. I had 2 students who receive paid tuition think it is OK for them to disrupt my lesson, can you believe one of them even texted home during my lesson to tell mum what he wanted to cover with his Physics tutor tonight. The other obviously thinks I am not worth listening to as they too have a personal tutor. Don’t these students see that if they listened and worked in class their parents could save a lot of money on tutor fees. What about the impact their behaviour has on others in the class unable to spend the fees on private tuition, don’t they deserve to be able to hear what they are being taught. I spend a huge amount of time over my 37.5 contracted hours per week putting resources together, and somehow it isn’t good enough- is it because it is free?

Tonight I got the news that one of my all time most wonderful students has had a bit of tough news to deal with, and I hope that I can support her even though she is now at University.

Somehow the best days are the worst days. It can bring out the brightest and best and the selfish and worst. Well I thank those who show the brightest and best. Emma, I am delighted you took so long to respond, you got me through today and probably very many to come. I will come back to that photo of the lovely young man who looks so pleased to be in the education system, whether as a teacher or student you can see he recognises education as an important part of society, oh that students in the UK would have such a view. Oh and Emma, you look amazing too!

It isn’t my perpetual calendar quote for today but it was for the 2nd December

“What does faith sound like in our everyday lives?

This seems impossible for me. But nothing is impossible for the God who lives in me. That means all things really are possible for me too. I can do this with Him”


Mrs Physics updated 15th December 2021

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