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I have not blogged for a while and, if I say that it is because I have been too busy, I fear sounding pathetic. Before I retired from full-time teaching I used to meet up with former colleagues who had bailed out ahead of me and, when they said how frantic life was, I used to take it with a pinch of salt. Oh yeah? Making greetings cards, playing bridge, snoozing after lunch, you call that busy?

And here am I, four years into retirement, still buying birthday cards at Oxfam, never having learned bridge, totally unable to sleep in the day, yet juggling my time as I have done most of my life.

I have to admit that travelling does occupy several months a year. I have a son who lives in Jordan, a daughter who lives in Miami, a sick friend in Denmark and the bucket list is gradually getting shorter. But when I am in the UK teaching still prevails because I still love it.

Nothing is more welcome than a call from those nice people at Protocol Education and the ensuing day being entertained by teenagers.

At the other end of the spectrum I also have a little job one morning a week at a lovely rural primary school teaching French to Key Stage 1 classes. What a pleasure that is! And now that term is over I am delivering English as a foreign language at a summer school in a neo-Gothic mansion in fabulous grounds, mornings only, to delightful Polish, Dutch, German students. A teaching qualification can open so many doors and for so many years.

Lyn has blogged with us regularly and covers an interesting range of topics usually based on issues or challenges she has found when supply teaching.

Tags: Lyn, Bristol, Secondary, supply

Category: Australian Teachers

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