Much as I love my job, I never seem to sleep that well the night before term starts. I'm not exactly stressing about things but frequently I find that I just CAN'T sleep. Last night was no exception - the more I talked to myself calmly about the fact that I had to get out of bed at 5.45; had to drive myself round the Motorway; had a meeting before school, and a full teaching day and two meetings after school, AND that my Mum was coming for tea.... - the more sleep eluded me!
I was, shall we say, not exactly at my sparkling best.....
Having said that, after two and half weeks holiday, the kids weren't that great either...
Today I really needed something to happen that would make me feel good about my job... and it did!
At the beginning of the third teaching period the charming young man on the right walked walked into my classroom! He's a former pupil, now signed with a major record company in the US and touring all around the world. His band (which play very hard British Metalcore) are really making a name for themselves. He gets in touch every six months or so to keep me up to date with their progress. The presence of a real 'Rock Star' in the classroom was just the thing to get my 13 year olds motivated. To be honest, seeing the next stage of his success was just the thing to get me a bit more motivated again too!
I thought about putting a Youtube video in this post - but Metalcore is a VERY acquired taste. If you're interested the band is called 'Oceans Ate Alaska' and my pupil is the drummer. This style of music is completely built around incredibly complex drumming patterns and my pupil writes most of the songs.
He'd actually come into school to give me a copy of their latest album.. how sweet is that!!!! I got him to sign it. If they really make the big time then it could supplement my pension!!!!!!!
My line manager is also a very proud Dad today - one of his daughters is playing an acoustic stage at Glastonbury. What a nice way to start the term.