Another lecture began another day. This one was one RRR which stands for Rights, Responsibilities and Respect. Basically it’s a scheme designed to improve schools. The kids come up with rights they have and then responsibilities to go with these rights. A teacher who was really passionate about it spoke to us and it’s a wonderful idea which improves behaviour and makes a difference to the people the children become.
We had a seminar about reflective journals next. The idea is to keep an occasional journal reflecting on recent experience etc. It’s a personal thing that is supposed to be useful to us as we develop into teachers. I quite like the idea and now have a book ready to start my journal in.
The last session of the day was again on RRR. We pretended we were leaders of a country and had to decide what fundamental rights we invested in during a recession. It sounds easy, obviously clean water is essential but if you can only choose three things which do you include out of nutritious food, proper shelter, education, medical care and protection from abuse. There is no right answer and it’s a tricky decision that government’s actually have to make. It was a brilliant way to learn about the right’s of children and make us more aware of some important issues.
As the day was far from over and I had no more course work I decided to go into town with my housemates. I bought my reflective journal and then spent ages looking for a cash machine that would display my balance. It turned out I was using my credit card rather than my debit card because I’m stupid. It seems student finance have given me my loan so I can eat for the next term!
The evening consisted of a lot of playing Pictionary and charades with my housemates in the kitchen. Mimes for some things were hilarious (dead horse representing the Godfather was a particular favourite). Also evil titles such as “The Full Monty” and our made up one “The Strip Joint” were particularly funny. Coming soon to a cinema near you: “Dead Horse”, “Ratbird” and “The Strip Joint”!