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New Website! Subscribe here…

Hi everyone, This is a quick message to subscribers to say that I’m transferring over to: https://www.partwaythere.co.uk/ All past content is available here, as well as my poetry (I just prefer the layout).  Scroll down to the bottom of the page to subscribe. I hope to see you on the other side! Best wishes, A. […]

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#DailyWritingChallenge Day 1:Acceptance

“Now the new teacher can begin to stand within the community; to find belonging; to listen to the individual people around them; to appreciate them and be appreciated…”

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The end of a job … and a new beginning

Waking up. Stirring from stress. A full-time coma of planning and tests Over. Lie down and linger. Wait, observe, expect, hope for, Discover, see, explore, pay attention to the world around you in three dimensions.   Take time to ponder. Wonder at sound, taste, colour. Hoover up sensory information like Noo-Noo from the Teletubbies – […]

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Shoes

Do our shoes form our identity? Or is the way we dress our feet merely an expression of the different facets of who we are? Though unsure of the directionality, I am convinced of a correlation between Shoe and Personality.   Afterall, I didn’t pay £90 for leather that’s been sewn hard together with yellow […]

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An invitation for 2017

In 2017, let’s not exchange…

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Teaching, driving, and other challenges…

I think I was about 7 or 8 when I came to the realisation that I was clever, and by the time I was 10, this was the most important thing about me – being Clever was what made me stand out; it was what made me important. In the survival-of-the-fittest climate that dominated inner-city […]

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Yes Lord, I will go there

Yes Lord, I will go there But only if you go there with me into the unknown places in me Only if the time is right Yes Lord, I will go there.   Where terror wraps me up in night Or anger makes me flinch and hide I will go there though I fight Yes […]

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Lessons from Year 2: Love

Year 2 is mad. School is mad. From where I’m standing, at the end of an exhilarating, terrifying, growth-enforcing year, I can only say that my NQT year has been one of the hardest and most exciting of my life. Two years ago I wrote my ‘lessons from the nursery’, focussing on love, personalities, boundaries, […]

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Week 2: thoughts on transition…

So this weekend I spent every moment I was alone crying in fear and repeatedly refusing to go to bed because I didn’t want Monday to come. Here’s the question: Why? Some thoughts… “My servant Moses is dead.  Now proceed to cross the Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving […]

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solitude v. company

                Life has become fast-paced; every moment filled with things to do, faces, talking, and in the midst of this I have become greedy with solitude, snatching at moments, refusing to leave the house if an engagement is neither urgent nor routine, binging on solitude but never finding […]