Our area of Queensland is experiencing our three weeks of real winter cold. Wednesday it was -1C in the city where I teach. Mr FD has physically been stoking the home fires this week. Our initial delivery of fire wood has been exhausted and more is to be delivered today. Friday is expected to be as equally cold, if not more so, with forecasts of snow in the colder southern areas of Queensland; something that is relatively rare.
Naturally the freezing weather arrived with the new school term, and not last week when we could have all snuggled in our beds until some warmth arrived in the day. The library has been busy with students trying to find a place out of the cold winds.
I have had a total timetable change and been given two religion classes to teach. Previously, my classes were situated in the library so I only had to walk a meter or two from my office to teach. This term, I am required to walk to the two furtherest buildings on campus for my classes. The library is not air conditioned; though my office is, but even teaching in an non-airconditioned library is preferable to walking out into the winter winds! I’ve tried telling myself that the exercise is good for me, but the message isn’t getting through, as yet.
After my first class with the seniors I received the feedback that they thought I was “really awesome”. I suspect that it was because I walked into the classroom without any idea of what the content was and so after a getting to know them introduction, I allowed them to spend the period to do whatever (playing games, watching YouTube…) on their laptops. The class next day was a little more structured and no doubt ruined my reputation! Such is life.