jacquelineb: (dancing shoes)
The exclamation mark doesn't really capture how I feel. I'm a bit...flat, really. The exam itself went ok - not super brilliantly (unlike my last workshop lesson, which was one of the best classes I'd done, period) but I think I got in most of the points (though I realised one major one as I was leaving the exam room), and I was playing over in my head things I forgot to mention in it earlier today (exam itself was yesterday, around lunchtime), but I can't think about it too much. It's done. And hopefully, that will be that. Overall, I'm ok with how it went. I do feel I could have done a bit better - I'm not sure if that was a question of better preparation, nerves, could have had the lesson more solidified in my head, etc - but I'm basically ok with it. I *think* I'll pass, and really, the marks I get on the exam aren't the major thing; the major thing is to have the certificate. Am trying to tell myself I'll really get better as the years of actual teaching progress, as I get more experience, learn more about dancing, about the music, about ways of handling a class, the whole shebang.

There'll be a bit of a break over summer in terms of dancing, and I think after the past six months, I'm going to need it! When term time picks up again in September it's going to be very full-on, with new people for the University club, and a beginners class for Branch. I look forward to them; but it will be a lot of work, so for now, time to enjoy a dancing hiatus for a bit. :)
jacquelineb: (dancing shoes)
It was sent by the workshop tutor at midnight. The dance is called 'The Merry Lads of Ayr', a reel from the first book published by RSCDS, which means its an older dance. It features two well-known but not always easy formations, and one 'deceptively easy but can trip a teacher up' formation, as well as a fairly standard introduction

I think it will be ok. Preparation is the key, reminders, and recital of the lesson plan over and over. I have till Saturday, and with Friday off, I think I'll have more than enough preparation time.

Wish me luck...
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Well, the good news first )

then the bad )

Dancing and Newcastle )

Me at Grey's Monument, Newcastle city centre )

In other news, I'm very happy to see the daffodils up at last; they make me very happy. See new icon for the ones that have sprung up in our barrel in the back garden, and these two pictures under the cut: Daffodils from barrel )

My orchid has also completely blossomed now, and I love it to pieces (probably the purple colour, but also the fact that following my horticulturist neighbours advice has worked!)Three pictures of my orchid )

And also, if you ever wonder what happens to potatoes if you leave them in the cupboard for ages...wonder no more )

That was an interesting thing to pull out of the pantry today!


In terms of blogging stuff, I'm itching to do an update of what turned out to be a busy first three months of 2010, which I may do after I've eaten dinner which is in the oven right now. Have happily though as a result of this post deleted a few drafts I've made as a result of attempting to blog. Makes the whole journal feel a bit 'cleaner' if you will.

At any rate, I'd like to do this before heading off to Madrid to see my sister for Easter. She has the net over there so I'll hopefully update on being there whilst I'm there, though from 8-12 April I'll be visiting a friend, K, in the French Alps, where he tells me the net is rather sparse. But I think I can cope without it for a little while. ;)
jacquelineb: (dancing shoes)
I feel I have half a dozen really bitty things to get done before heading off tomorrow once again for my exam class. Am trying to keep steady and do one thing at a time, but my brain keeps flitting off to something else. Grah! Focus, focus, focus...

I'm wondering if this is partly because I'm starting to figure out where I'm going to be for the next few years. I have thoughts and plans on that, nothing set in stone yet, but I'm liking the general idea I have for the next little while.

(Am perhaps also frantic because I put my hand up to take on the treasurer position at the Reel club if no one else comes forward. I suspect, though, that no one else is going to be coming forward. I suspect by next year I will be regretting this action, but for now...well, it's going to be a fun and frantic year!)

But I'm getting my train ticket sorted out now, there is some spag bol in the slow cooker, and I have plenty of ideas for the brief lesson I'm to do on Sunday. That really should be the first thing to get done before I think about the writing catch-up I need to do, the emails I want to send, the...

Oh dear, there I go again.
jacquelineb: (dancing shoes)
Record of Teaching Practice has been sent off via email, hard copies will be in the post by Monday, and I'm overall pretty happy with it. There is a vague chance RSCDS HQ might ask for it to be re-submitted, but fingers crossed it will be ok...I'm hoping acknowledging that my lesson plans are a little bit sparse and that I should pay better attention to what music I use will compensate for them wanting more details on the music...

The other good news is my cold is subsiding. I spent most of the afternoon/evening in bed yesterday, partly just trying to keep warm and party because I wasn't in the mood to do much of anything. It appears to have done me good. Nose is no longer dripping like a tap and I'm definitely feeling a bit perkier. The self-medication of strepsils (supplied by house mate), lemsip, tea, and bovril seems to have worked, despite the lack of appetite (tis nearly 4pm, and I have only eaten some bread, but I suspect food will seem appealing later this evening).

I do have photos of the snow, but my Facebook account is being funny and doesn't seem to want to let me share things with people who aren't on it...does this link work for anyone who isn't on there?

Snow in Cambridge

Else I might post them to photobucket or the like if that fails.

Right...more tea or bovril is in order now I think.
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It is cold, and I am sick. Sitting in the house with several layers on and two scarfs wrapped around my neck, and my fingers are a little bit chilly as I sit at the computer. Hello British winter, and where the hell did summer go? I understood before on an intellectual level why European rushed for the sunlight during the mid-year months, but I think I'm beginning to grasp that as an actuality now.

The good news is that I have finally finished my workbook (short name for the much more official 'Record of Teaching Practice') for the dancing exam. Not yet sent off (having to wrangle scanning forms and signing them with my teacher/mentor) but it is done - well, perhaps she'll have comments on it so I'll have to wait and see. Tonight I think will be spent reading some bits and bobs I have here that I've wanted to but have put off to get this thing done. Including the days I have missed for A Christmas Carol. One of the nice things about the small chunks is that it allows for an easier catch up than making promises to read a chapter day - which tends to fail pretty quickly if even one chapter is missed!

Now off to get a cup of tea and not feel sorry myself and my blocked yet sniffly nose...

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