When we return after half term my year 11 classes will be sitting their final written controlled assessment. I cannot wait to see the back of it! I'm celebrating the end of paragraphs that are drafted and redrafted and redrafted once more, learned off by heart and regurgitated onto the paper when it's time to sit the assessment. Controlled assessment has been a game, and a memory game at that. It's not really been about who can use the target language, but about who can cram in all the good features using all their resources, get it marked, learn it off by heart and then write it all back down again without even having to understand what they're writing.
I promised myself at the start of this year that this would be the year that I read more. I wanted to read for pleasure again, after a few years of only reading for studying purposes. This has some what gone out of the window having moved house recently, although I intend to start clawing some time back bit by bit...
My list of books to read has been informed by recommendations from friends, books I've seen mentioned on Twitter and books authored by people whose blogs I read. I'd love to hear if you have read any of them, think there are any to steer clear of or have any I should add to my amazon wishlist! They're quite varied, although mostly dominated by education books.
Recently I've realised that the line between work and life is blurring more and more. I read a blog earlier (and I'm sorry, I can't remember who by) that said that it's not work and life that we are balancing, but work and home. I think that's very true. My work is a big part of my life, and is becoming increasingly more of a part of my spare time too. This isn't some sob story about the amount of work I bring home though, in fact I'm actually quite pleased with the 'balance' I have established there.