Well I made it! I survived my first seven weeks as a trainee teacher. It was a long slog of training, learning and observing. I have had training sessions on Mathematics, Science, English and different types of assessment. I have started my first university module ‘Raising the Achievement of Children’ and had half the autumn term to get to know the children in my home school.
Now, the real work begins! It’s half term now but when I go back I will begin teaching a full class of 5 and 6 year old’s. Starting with six lessons a week, working up to fifteen by the fourth week, yikes! I feel like this part of my teacher training journey is ‘learning and practice.’ Taking everything I have learnt so far and putting it into practice.
I know you have to teach to become a teacher but the thought of teaching a full class, on my own, makes my palms sweat! I know that once I start doing it, teaching will become second nature to me but it’s the anticipation, the worry about what may go wrong that keeps me up at night. I’m not the only one that feels this way. There are twelve other people in my school direct cohort and they all have the same anxieties.
The teacher training course is going to step up a gear as I will have to juggle writing lesson plans, teaching lessons, keeping my files up to date, writing university assignments and pre-reading and tasks for training days. I’m trying to keep a work/life balance the best I can because if I am going to make it through this training year, I need to learn to take a break and have some time for myself.
When I go back after this break, I will be in my home school for four whole weeks and then I will be returning to the old routine of three days in school and two in university and training. Hopefully in my next post I will be more confident in my ability to teach and will have many stories to tell about the lessons I have taught. I will be reflecting on what went well and what I still need to work on, as that’s what being on this journey is all about, the ups and downs of what it takes to become a fully qualified primary school teacher.
Above: The people of Bon Temps raise a glass to an easy life and a happy ending.
The last drop of blood has been tasted as the curtain falls on the last True Blood episode.
The fans had high expectations of the finale season and even higher hopes for the finale episode titled Thank You. There have been many complaints about the way the supernatural TV show has ended but I have to say, I think although it was a safe ending, a lot of loose ends were tied up for all of the main characters.
The episode is an emotional one as Bill dies but what I and many of the other fans don’t understand is why he wanted Sookie to kill him? I mean, hasn’t he done enough harm to her? He wanted Sookie to use her light bomb to kill him which would give them both what they wanted, Sookie could be ‘normal’ and Bill could die at a time that was right for him. In the end Sookie decides to keep her light and I’m glad she did because it is a part of who she is and in the end she finds happiness with a mystery man, who appears to be human.
The biggest problem I had with the finale was that there was a gaping hole in the plot. During the last few episodes of season seven we are led to believe that Bill could possibly be turning human. He has many human visions, he tells Sookie that having Hep V has made him feel more human and Sookie reads his thoughts in the final episode. I think the writers screwed up with that one. It would have been a more sufficient ending if Bill turned human again and he and Sookie lived happily ever after. It makes no sense that Bill had a problem with Sookie being with a vampire when he didn’t mind Jessica marrying Hoyt, who is human.
I know what the writers were thinking with the finale, they wanted the entire story to go full circle. The first episode began with the people of Bon temps and that’s exactly how it ended. They used a flash forward to show the viewers what happened in Bon temps when the balance was restored. They paired Jason with Bridget, they had three kids. Arlene ended up with a vampire named Keith. Lafayette finally found happiness with vampire James (I’m still annoyed that he didn’t get his moment in the finale) and Sookie is pregnant and with a mysterious man which in my opinion should be Bill. The finale felt rushed and sloppy and I think the writers actually ran out of ideas. I still love the show and I, like many others believe that it had definitely ran its course as a TV series.
I hate to give it a three star rating but I was definitely disappointed in the way True Blood ended.
So season six has officially finished. Season six was the shortest season so far, there were only ten episodes instead of twelve because of Anna Paquin’s pregnancy so the writers had to cram a lot into the season finale to set up all the story lines for season seven. The season finale may have fallen flat comparing to season five’s finale but there are a few cliffhangers that will keep truebies anxiously guessing until Summer 2014.
The first storyline to come to an end in the finale was vampires being able to walk in daylight. I’m glad that this came to end because vampires are creatures of the night, Warlow died in this episode and the ability for the vampires to walk in the daylight died with him. This resulted in Eric (supposedly) burning in the sun. Now I’m a bit sceptic about this, the writers want us to believe that Eric is dead but I don’t think they will kill of one of their main characters in that way. It’s just a cliffhanger to keep fans guessing and panicking that their favourite character has died. A lot of fans have commented on the ‘six months later’ section of the episode saying that it felt rushed but I felt that moving the time along shows how things returned back to normal in Bon Temps, something that we haven’t experienced since the first season. The writers recently commented on this by saying that they wanted to return to the set up of season one, focus on the main characters of Bon Temps after exploring different subjects like the vampire authority, the fellowship and vamp camp.
We finally see Sookie in a somewhat normal relationship in the six months later section of the episode, for a few seasons her flirtation and chemistry between her and Alcide has been clear but it is far too domesticated for Sookie, we all know that she is a Danger Whore and Alcide will not satisfy her needs for very long. Sookie has been whining about having a ‘normal’ life for five seasons and that’s what her relationship with Alcide suggests but the end of the finale suggests that danger is coming whether she likes it or not (bit predictable… when will her character learn?) I also really like the relationship between Jason and his new vampire girlfriend Violet. She may be a little bit crazy and obsessed with Jason but she shows Jason how to only tend to her needs and Jason has only ever had the opposite treatment. This relationship will only strengthen his character in the future and heighten his overall respect for women. I commend the writers on exploring a different path for this character.
A very sweet moment in the finale was the scene between Tara and her mother. The citizens of Bon Temp have decided, since there is no longer any True Blood that every vampire should have their own human. What Tara’s mum offers to do is to nurture and look after Tara to make up for all of the times that she failed as a mother when Tara was a human. The season finale tied up a lot of lose ends such as Arlene buying Merlotte’s and renaming it Arlene’s Bar and Grill and Sam becoming Mayor. Having a flash forward six months allowed these revelations to be revealed so I think it was a very smart move for the writers, even though it felt a little forced.
The ending is exciting but not as heart wrenching as season five’s finale. We see many hungry, sick looking vampires making their way for Arlene’s Bar and Grill (it’s going to take a while to stop calling it Merlotte’s.) The writers have managed to leave unanswered questions which is what a successful season finale should do. I am really excited to see how these stories progress in season seven. There is always going to be someone unhappy with the way the writers deal with the main characters but in the grand scheme of things I think they have hit the nail on the head with the final episode.