Saturday, 13 February 2016

Week 6 - One Daily Positive and Project 366

I've been having a good, long, hard think about my new job this week. Peter is supporting whatever outcome I decide upon and has been talking things through with me via Skype and the telephone as he's in Germany in the UK this week. Financially we are more than secure and teaching adults, not 4 year olds, has always been my preference. I do actually enjoy teaching the children, I have very good knowledge of the British Curriculum and I can manage the paperwork and record keeping. I'm struggling with the long hours and working at home in the evenings and working abroad is certainly very challenging, I was also ill last week and ended up in hospital, I still haven't made a full recovery. I'm struggling with not letting myself down, I'm unable to just walk away. I have no issue with telling other people the job isn't for me, but I have huge trouble telling myself that. Peter is only a few years off retirement, I have 20+ years left. Teaching in Dubai is a great opportunity for me and my future career when we finally return to the UK. I'm sure I'll get the hang of it, I probably just need a bit more time, after all it has been 5 years since I last had this level of responsibility. 

I'm struggling to keep up with my blogging and photo prompts, there seems to be a lot of food pictures this week.

Sunday Day 38 #onedailypositive #project366 having dinner out because a) we don't have to cook b) we always eat out the night before one of us goes somewhere (Peter off to Germany and UK with work) c) because we can, and d) why not? My Sunday Photo this week is the Dubai Skyline.

Monday Day 39 #onedailypositive #project366 a day late with posting as I didn't have a suitable photo, so I snapped this one this evening as I left work. I called in at the Mall of Emirates on my way home, remind me NEVER again to drive along Sheik Zayed Road to get there and don't get me started on the parking. On a positive I got everything I need and more, came home for a bath and an early night.

Tuesday Day 40 #onedailypositive #project366 I've been having a tough time in my new job, getting to grips with all the paperwork, the planning and assessments and working with people from various cultures, getting to know the kids, making endless resources, balancing work with sleep and taking endless paperwork home to work on in the evenings and the fact I haven't worked for 5 years. On a positive though I decided to blitz the classroom this evening and on leaving work at 6pm I'd discovered loads of paperwork and resources made by the previous teacher that I can use, which means I can now focus on the planning assessments and teaching knowing that all the other stuff I've been fretting over is already sorted. Bob and I shared a McDonalds for dinner. Linking up with Animal Tales with A tent, 2 teens and a Warthog.

Wednesday Day 41 #onedailypositive #project366 after an unsettling tail gate experience I arrived home in day light, walked Bob, had dinner with home grown tomatoes and strawberries for afters, watered the garden, had a bath and washed my hair and in pjs by 6.30pm, spending the rest of the evening on assessments for work.

Thursday Day 42 #onedailypositive #project366 after a long and stressful week and a weekend ahead of work, the simplicity of opening the fridge and chucking what I can find on a tray pleases me greatly. Although hubby is away and I feel a bit lonely here in my own, it is nice to switch off from everything and just slum it for a few days.

Friday Day 43 #onedailypositive #project366 I'm putting off doing a load of paperwork for school and cleaning instead, which has so far yielded better results. A bar of chocolate on the bed and half a tin of quality street underneath it. I've already taken Bob into the desert to the lakes, we only saw one other dog walker today and the owner didn't want to play. Bob has been washed and the car cleaned. This afternoon I'm going to cycle to the beach and have dinner out. This weeks HDYGG? is a round up of Dubai in January and February.

Day 44 #onedailypositive #project366 arranged to meet a woman at the lakes after going yesterday and not seeing anyone. I went to the wrong lakes but did meet some other dog walkers and Bob really enjoyed himself, we were out for 2 hours, back home for a bacon butty, wash Bob and clean the car. An afternoon of paperwork and a bike ride ahead of me. Peter is with 3 of our children in the UK and home on Monday.

I'd love for you to link up with your One Daily Positive from the week. 


12 comments:

  1. I love this idea of one daily positive, sometimes the simple act of finding a good thing in each day can make for better days :)

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    1. I'm in my 2nd year now and it really helps to keep my spirits up with living so far from home

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  2. Glad to hear that you discovered the other teacher's paperwork to help you, that sounds like a great relief in a situation where you're struggling in your job. Are you looking for another job to work with adult students? It is also great that your husband agrees with whatever decision you're going to make. Hugs.

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    1. I'm still at the school, I've decided to stick it out, it is getting easier as I become more familiar with the paperwork

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  3. The teaching sounds great but hope all the paperwork dies down for you, that bit always sounds like a pain in the bum for teachers!

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    1. the paperwork is getting better/easier

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  4. Sorry to read you were ill and in hospital last week, hope your feeling better soon.
    What a shame you are struggling with the new job, but I think any teaching job ( a bit like nursing now) is so much paperwork based that takes the pleasure out of doing the job. They are 4 years old why not just let them play and go with the flow, dont understand the need for planning so much but this is why I came out of child care 14 years ago. But great to know Peter will support you in any decision. Life is not only about the money but about the satisfaction of doing something and feeling worthwhile.

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    1. thank you Elaine, I'm sticking at the job, I agree about the play with the kids only being 4, we do a lot of structured play, rather than physical learning, but it still demands paperwork

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  5. Sorry that you're struggling a bit with work, hope you come to a decision soon about what you want to do. My meals are very similar when my husband is away on business :)

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    1. I'm sticking with the job, it is getting easier

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  6. Hopefully the job situation will get better. It'shard returning to work - I only work 2 and half days and find it hard!
    Plus being on your own and doing all the paperwork with a house to run and pets to look after will take it out of you.
    Perhaps it'll be easier when Hubby gets home and he can take some of the pressure off. X

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    1. thanks Soosie, I've got myself into a routine now and I'm finding it easier

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