James Proclaims (4)

It’s day 3 of Writing 101 and day 4 of my new job.

Because I’ve got a new job.

So I slightly regret signing up for Writing 101 because I’m struggling for time as I adapt to a new role, even though the new role is basically the same as one I did three years ago, which is that of a classroom teacher of maths. I’m a bit out of practice. Three years ago it was a job I could do in my sleep (and I frequently did) but I’m having to be a bit more on my game at the moment.

In the intervening years I was the head of an alternative education provision for students who didn’t quite fit in to mainstream education. Head teacher would be a grander title than the role deserved but according to the Department For Education website, that is what I officially was. It was a job I loved and indeed, once enough time has passed, I will probably write about it on this blog, but for the moment I’m going through a mild period of adjustment and it would feel odd to write about those experiences. It’s a shame because there are a lot of great stories from the last three years that deserve to be told but for now they remain secrets shared between me and my former colleagues.

Ultimately I left because there was a discrepancy between the pay I received and the level of responsibility I had. Plus I’d hit a glass ceiling in terms of career development opportunities. I had to leave. I was frankly spending too much time at work and not enough time at home with the person that I love the most in the world. And that’s not a good scenario if you’re being paid a huge salary – for what I was earning it was madness.

I did vaguely regret leaving without somewhere to go on to and it certainly made my recent few weeks off work slightly less relaxing than they might have been as there was the distinct possibility that I could have started this September without any kind of employment. I don’t deal well with uncertainty.

Nonetheless I knew I’d probably be able to find work teaching maths while I looked for my next career move and that’s what has ended up happening. The kids in my new school are great, but it’s a temporary set up. I’m a supply teacher covering while they recruit a permanent teacher. And given that I have no intention of applying for the role, it will come to an end but it gives me time to find something that I really want to do. I’m not a bad mainstream school teacher but my skill-set is better suited to working with the more dysfunctional kids within the system.

My current levels of fatigue have been augmented by the fact that I managed to have a minor collision as I reversed my little car out of my driveway last Friday. The damage to the car was less than the damage to my ego (as the accident was entirely my fault) but I damaged the driver’s side wing mirror, which has meant that my car is not currently road ‘legal’. So I’ve been getting the bus to work. Which has meant an earlier start to the day than I’m comfortable with to avoid being late (because public transport is not always reliable) and also to avoid sharing the same bus as the schoolkids. Because it can be a bit weird teaching a kid if you sat next to them on the bus earlier that day.

I should have my car back by Friday and that’ll make life a bit easier. It’s certainly made me appreciate what a genuine treasure my little antiquated automobile really is.

But enough about about my current travails and on to today’s assignment. I need to write a post inspired by one of the following words:







Nope, I’ve got nothing…


  1. September 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm

    I hear you! I signed up for the prompts and am struggling to find the time. My life is a little busy right now too. I don’t think you cheated with this assignment. I love how you incorporated all the words. I have thought of doing that myself. Hang in there. There is always sunshine after rain. Enjoy teaching. I used to be a teacher and it’s still a passion of mine.

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  2. September 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Sounds like you have a lot on your plate. I think I’d drop out of Writing 101 if I had a new job too, but you’re hanging in there. Good for you!

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:26 pm

      Just about hanging in there 🙂 But it is fun so I’ll keep hanging on if I can

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  3. weebluebirdie
    September 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    See, I was nearly tempted to do 101 when I saw you were doing it – I thought if joined in with something I might get the hang of this regular posting thing. But I know that I would be looking at prompts and thinking ……well, nothing 🙂

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      I’m not sure they’re that inspiring no. But I’ve started now so I’ll see it through whether I feel inspired or not…


  4. September 9, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    Brilliantly clever, as always. Also, I’m a middle school nurse (11-14 year old children) and would be interested in your interpretive experiences in your alternative school.

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      There’s definitely some great stories but I don’t know if anyone would believe them!

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  5. September 9, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    I love what you’ve written and tou are one hell of a guy, plus you have what not many of us have, LOVE! You love Mrs Proclaims and she loves you and money cannot buy that. Also you mention uncertainty it is also in the selection. Even if you just say you love your wife and yes it shows but you don’t like uncertainty.
    Ok it is difficult taking on a new job, I know I’ve had more than I care to remember but you like what you do and I gather you are good at it. I think the blogging has done you some good as you are able to voice your opinion and not take it out on Mrs Proclaims, which I don’t think you would do, also you don’t have to walk around in a sulk, which I’m supposing you would not do either.
    As they say these things are sent to try us, so choose a subjest and even if you choose treasure and you say, you treasure Mrs Proclaims does that not say it all? By the way don’t use that, you know you can do better than that. Good luck.

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks for the support. Mrs Proclaims enjoyed your comment and says hello!

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  6. September 10, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I feel you! Life throws stuff at us fast… and then we make stuff harder by doing extra stuff

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      It’s madness really 🙂


  7. September 10, 2015 at 3:40 am

    As I sit at home, I regret to say that I love the uncertainty of whether I’ll find any secret treasure on WordPress.
    I thought you did okay, will give you a B+. Don’t want any grade inflation this early in the school year.

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      I think B+ is way too generous…


  8. September 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    You’re so clever 😉 The end made me smile. Good luck with all that you have going on. Wishing you a bright week ahead!

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    • September 12, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Glad to make you smile. Can you tell the kids I teach that I’m clever? They don’t believe me…

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