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StaffAssociationRepresentative Mon 04-May-20 19:51:50

You are most welcome to this school staff support thread to get us through stressful times. Baiters and bashers can jog on somewhere else.

If you are not staff and just have a general education query please start your own thread.

You can play here only if you are a member of one the following groups-

-ABBA - anti bashers and baiting association
-SWAB - school workers against bashers
-SWOT - school workers opposing teacherbashers
-STARS - schoolworkers together against ranting + slurs

Other requirements for staff room entry include the ability to find the staff room, the ability to find a clean mug in the staff room, knowledge of the photocopier codes and the ability to sniff out where the toffee vodka is hidden.

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StaffAssociationRepresentative Mon 04-May-20 19:58:26

We started here being kicked about on AIBU

And then journeyed on in spite of the bashing and the misplaced apostrophe

The fight for a fair hearing and the standing of our profession goes on ..


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RigaBalsam Mon 04-May-20 20:00:36

Thanks Staff and evening all.

FlamingoAndJohn Mon 04-May-20 20:00:38

I have my own mug at the ready.

GuyFawkesDay Mon 04-May-20 20:03:44

Not got toffee vodka but I have got a large gin.

This is stopping me from weeping as I fire ofd emails chasing my Yr10, 15/22 of whom have failed to complete the assessment I set them. It's literally 20 minutes.....angry

StaffAssociationRepresentative Mon 04-May-20 20:05:55

Evening - hopefully I got my associations on the list but should have added the flower campaign

#solidarity #canwedrinktoffeevodkaonmondayevening

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Asuitablecat Mon 04-May-20 20:11:01

Dh's birthday vouchers have been burning a hole in his account, so he has ordered paraphernalia to make espresso martinis. Arrived today and wondering if I can persuade him to try it out.

MrsHerculePoirot Mon 04-May-20 20:18:43

Thank you! Am enjoying these threads even though I don’t post so much. Felt very worried about all the talk about schools going back yesterday and today. I know I can’t do anything about it, but just stressing me today! Suspect I’ll get over it again soon...

IHateCoronavirus Mon 04-May-20 20:19:52

I have cake and one of the many Worlds Best Teacher mugs at the ready. cakebrew

MsAwesomeDragon Mon 04-May-20 20:27:41

I'm here. I don't bring any alcohol, but I'm happy to share my Dr Pepper. And best of all, dd2 helped me make a delicious chocolate cheesecake, so you may all have a small, don't really want to share slice.

WhyNotMe40 Mon 04-May-20 20:36:06

Reporting to the barricades comrades! I bring chocolate cake cake

Maladicta Mon 04-May-20 20:39:47

Raising a packet of hidden choc digestives as an offering to the collective biscuit - well you know what I mean..

Les Mis is on in the background so I have plenty of rebel songs to keep me going ahead of le retour to school tomorrow...

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Everytimeref Mon 04-May-20 20:52:20

Hi all. Generally cheesed off tonight.
Firstly it's my wedding Anniversary and I had the result from my Covid test and it's come back...... Drum roll please.......NOT CLEAR. Who even knew that was a thing!!!

Now not only am stuck at WFH (teachers can't work from home. It just doesn't work) but now can't even go for a walk. My poor DH and DD will be stuck at home for 14 days for no reason

Flipflopflapflip Mon 04-May-20 21:03:37

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all teachers.

pinkrocker Mon 04-May-20 21:08:12

Evening all. Got my work sent out this morning and amazingly some returned already by the very young working-from-home-enthusiasts.
Happy anniversary Every

GravityFalls Mon 04-May-20 21:08:33

NOT CLEAR - oh, that's very helpful!

Well today is the day when for some reason about half a dozen missing-presumed-asleep students who I've heard not a peep from since March 20th suddenly emerged from their comas, wrote apologetic emails and sent me work. Which was great. Except to a teen they've ATTACHED IT TO THEIR EMAIL instead of uploading it on to Teams which means I have to be all "it's good to hear from you blahblah, would you mind ever so awfully being the sweetest dear and following fucking instructions for once in your life?". Grr.

grafittiartist Mon 04-May-20 21:10:24

Checking in.
Finding technology a bit overwhelming today. I really wish I understood it all better.
New day tomorrow though! Onward and upward.

tadjennyp Mon 04-May-20 21:13:40

Evening all. I bring cheese and biscuits. I know what you mean about technology. I had to get the tech team to take charge of my laptop remotely today!

MsAwesomeDragon Mon 04-May-20 21:19:00

That's annoying gravity.
We just do email, no teams, and we do have Moodle but a lot of my kids can't really navigate it (apparently). I have at least 3 who can't even write an email. They type their whole message into the subject, and leave the body of the email blank! It's a good job their messages are short, mostly "which sheet should I do? I can't see it" and I have to email back "open the attachment, it's on the email I sent this morning and it's on this one as well". Then a few hours later I get a reply "I don't know how to send a photo of my work", again typed into the subject of the email rather than the main body. I'm rapidly losing my patience with this, but am very ultra professional in my responses to them. It does make me wonder how much effort they are putting in to communicating with other teachers as we all expect it via email.

And I have some super keen kids as well. I sent my first instruction email this morning at 7am, by 7:30 I had my first reply, with a photo of all the work I had set, so they were definitely up and doing maths at 7am. Makes me tired just thinking about it.

WhyNotMe40 Mon 04-May-20 21:31:11

Ha MsAwesome - we are only doing emails as well, and my KS3 students also seem only able to type the whole message into the subject, leaving the header blank.
I was a bit wtf at first, but now I've got used to it!
It was these students who apparently had not been seeing all the helpful summary sheets I had been sending that would help them complete their work. They had obviously complained to their parents that the work was too hard, who then complained to my line manager. Student and parent completely sidestepping me. Well no wonder it was hard if they had no idea my help sheet existed hmm

Drink. It's alcohol tonight.....

WhyNotMe40 Mon 04-May-20 21:35:22

Not header. Message body. I can't seem to get anything right today....

jellybe Mon 04-May-20 21:42:51

No drink but I bring crumble and custard.

I thought I'd try teams with my year 12 group as they're , you know, almost grown up. Sent them a lovely little loom video instructing them on how to up load their work to teams ( drama teacher so they've been working on monologues and meant to have recorded them etc) this was last Monday. Still no evidence from any of them. 🤦‍♀️

echt Mon 04-May-20 21:50:42

It's Wednesday morning here in Melbourne and a very busy day ahead with three live double lessons, all using Teams.

Teams is working well, especially now I've worked out how to share the screen so I can teach film.

MsAwesomeDragon Mon 04-May-20 21:53:53

Why not that sounds about right. I also had one who had no idea why he was getting letters saying he hasn't been doing any work, he's been working very hard. His parents then asked to see the instruction sheet from school. Turns out he'd been given log in details for several websites and he was just using those, without having read the instruction to CHECK YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL EVERY DAY. So for 3 weeks he had no clue that he was getting 5 emails a day with specific instructions for the work to do that day. I got a very apologetic email from his parents once they realised that lol

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