Friday, 17 September 2010

Well I Survived Week One!

Well I can now officially, finally, say that I am a student teacher. Well, actually, I'm supposed to refer to myself as a 'Bath Spa Teacher' but whichever way I say it, it still makes me want to burst because after three years of illness and a long struggle to get on the course, it is really happening!

I started on Monday and had three days of induction, lectures and English Booster sessions. It was a tough few days that really wore me out but it was fun and I've already made lots of new friends. I found out that there were over a hundred applicants for just 31 part time places so it is a big achievement to get there. In total there were 1200 applicants for just over 300 places so any time I find myself in doubt I will remember that there were three other people who wanted my place but I was the one who got it so I'd best make the most of it!

There's been sooooo much info to take in and it felt like we were given about a hundred forms, handbooks and information sheets to read/fill in. And then there's the acronyms, if I'm not sick of TDA, GTC, QTS, PLPPs, NQTs, and EYFS now I soon will be!!! But despite all that I have already learnt so much and am loving every minute, I haven't felt this good (or slept so well!) in years.

One of our first lectures was on the importance of eating, sleeping, socialising and treating ourselves, so I thought it was really important that I made time for crafting, even if it wasn't enough time to do a whole layout, making a start on one would give me that fix, and stop me from resenting having to study instead. So here are a couple of layouts....

One that I did last week before I started.....
Using Girls Paperie and a photo of the kids playing at the Christening.
I was inspired by the pattern and colours in Coco's dress so I stamped and cut out these flowers and added pearls and MS doilies and some running stitches with dinky little bows.
When I finished Uni on Tuesday I arrived home to find the most beautiful Gogo kit waiting for me. The colours are fab and the textures are amazing.
I love that there are two different alphabets...
A rather longer post than I had intended but if you are still with me thank you!! I'm off to Silverstone for the day tomorrow to watch the Renault World Series, am hoping I can get some good photos cos for the first time ever I am gonna see a real life Formula One car......so excited!!!!
TFL xxx

9 comments:

Anne said...

Congratulations! I know how hard you have worked to get there, so you must be feeling a huge sense of achievement! You know where I am if there is ever anything I can help you with or if you just want to let off steam to someone who has been there - it was seriously the hardest thing I ever did, but definately the most worthwhile :0)

Emma said...

Love your gogo lo, its a great kit isn't it?

Glad your first week went ok, my sister started on Wednesday so shes not on the same bit as you! Love the idea of the lecture about treating yourself, made me smile!

Claire Crompton said...

So pleased you are enjoying your new venture Beki. Gorgeous layouts, love the stitching really pretty.

Cx

Claire Crompton said...

So pleased you are enjoying your new venture Beki. Gorgeous layouts, love the stitching really pretty.

Cx

Clare said...

We're so proud of you, to see you looking so well and motivated is incredible. You'll be the best teacher ever X x x

Kirsty @ Quirky Card Designs said...

Oh my goodness Beks, sooo proud of you and sooo pleased for you too! Enjoy sweetie, look forward to hearing more about your adventures!
Take care lovely xx

Kirsty @ Quirky Card Designs said...

Oh my goodness Beks, sooo proud of you and sooo pleased for you too! Enjoy sweetie, look forward to hearing more about your adventures!
Take care lovely xx

Fluffy said...

So glad you had a great start, no matter what you will always "knock em dead" with your personality and spirit
Love the pastel shades in the first LO
Hugs
Tracee x

Scraptastic Mel x said...

Good luck with course. I am in my fifth year of teaching now and I love it! The training is such a learning curve, but you meet great people and usually get good support. I am sure the schoolsi n Bath will be amazing anyways!