Monthly Archives: August 2013

Before school starts …

Being a teacher is not always about teaching. That’s most clear at the beginning of the school year. Or better said …  before the beginning of the school year. One week before the kids enter the building again we, their dedicated teachers, start our non-teaching part of the job … making sure the class rooms are neat and tidy and ready.

This year is especially stressful  because part of our school needs to move to another building. And even though I am lucky enough to  keep my own class room, it’s total chaos in school so I need to do more than usual.  Unpacking boxes, sorting out books, moving bookcases  around and distributing materials … there seems to be no end of it.  My class room however is finished now so that’s one thing I can mark as “checked”.

Before ….


And after ….


Today I needed to unpack loads of boxes with books as I am responsible for some sort of “library” we have.  Mostly books about history and nature. They needed to be sorted out … keep them or send them to the second hand store. Sometimes you just need to take the oldest books out and replace them with fresh, new ones.  That kept me busy all day.

And in the meantime a huge (a HUGE!) dragonfly came flying in.  Luckily, with help of one of my colleagues, we managed to get him (or her) out again. But not before I took a photo of course ;)


Well, tomorrow I will be back at school to help a colleague finishing her class room and hopefully I will have time left to do some of my administration. Monday will be a day full of meetings and on Tuesday the kids are back and lessons start again. Life will be back to normal!

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Back to normal … slowly!

And slowly normal life is taking over. I had my first telephone conversation with our deputy director,  my first contact with one of my colleagues  and a letter arrived with our schedule for this week. Yes, I still have this week off officially but as my school is moving from my hometown to our neighboring  town we need to work a few days extra …

So, tomorrow will be my last day of summer vacation, On Wednesday I’ll be busy finishing my class room, on Thursday I’ll be assisting our deputy director and Friday will be filled with all kinds of administration.  And in between we’ll be unpacking boxes left and right.  Yay! Not!

Last weekend I had a lovely “conversation” with my niece (age 6). We spend the summer vacation in Austria together and the two of us had an “all girls day” when her parents and brother went hiking. She enjoyed that very much so she (and her mom, lol) thought we should have one again during our mid-term break in October.  And of course we will have one!  Aunt Riete is always in for something like that! LOL. And I’m waiting to get my nephews rugby schedule so I can watch some of his matches.  I love that!

I leave you with the first video of a young, Dutch jazz band.  The drummer is my friend Ineke’s daughter. She is awesome (but hey, I’m just a little biased, lol). Enjoy!






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