On bagging teachers

I work as a relief teacher. At seven in the morning, or if I’m lucky, at eight in the evening, the night before, I get a call from a surprisingly calm sounding woman who coordinates the relief teachers at one of the high schools nearby, and she asks me if I’m available to teach, and […]

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reentry

Apparently, that’s what re-entering the earth’s atmosphere looks like. In France they call the first few weeks of school the ‘rentrée’ and, yep, it’s a bit like that. Louis even had a fever at one point (he’s all better now) so there was burning – and the sausages I overcooked, I suppose. That’s the kind […]

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teachable moments

I’m a teacher at heart, so of course I try to grab the teachable moments when they come but Luuk has a real talent for it. He will have a job he wants to do and he includes Louis beautifully. They wash the dishes together most mornings, and if a toy needs fixing then here […]

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pants-less wonder

We are potty-training! This is all very new to me and I humbly searched the interweb for tips, read six of the top ten hits and was thoroughly disappointed. Other than a couple of lightbulb moments I thought it was all pretty obvious and I came away feeling hardly more prepared than I started. We […]

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