Thursday, 30 June 2016
Travel and Tourism in reality will grow as the £ has fallen and the exchange rate is improved for visitors and politics will likely take off from the news and referendum issues.
(that's not really info for a blog other than food intolerances and excess chlorine following Download Festie (and not having enough to fork out for the diet alternatives) plus linking it to info for students who are taking exams)! It makes for physical imbalances from toxins
Then the Referendum and outrageous media mis truths and mis information mean finding better info to tweet (Tourism being important in the EMids and Nottingham - thats the Travel and Tourism info part of QAAConfidence/QAAWyrd)
plus other stress has equalled lots of work late at night-early morning (cheap electricity)
plus hassles over tethering wifi from an android not being possible on PAYG -
and no holiday to speak of for a few years all builds up to need to refocus and plan for the summer break and autumn term. Possibly job applications.
Smile and keep going
New resources in progress ready for the new Specifications
some requests to publishers to use parts of textbooks ie summaries of chapters - with no so good responses (bearing in mind they are textbooks)
A new twitter to keep up to date on equality issues - arising out of the European Referendum (following the rump parliament of 2015) and where a less than acceptable majority won the 'Brexit' situation which has in part caused lots of Economic chaos.
It must be said there are other issues around the world happening in the Economy and that markets can have problems referendums or no referendums. It seems highly irresponsible however to not have a suitable media input and to have a political confidence vote linked to an in/out of europe debate-referendum.
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Wednesday, 22 June 2016
After revisiting the old AQA and the OCR Economics Spec's for this year's A2 and resits it's obvious that there is a vastly different focus from each of the examining boards and with the newer Specifications for exams in 2017 now being the only Specifications to work with there's a subtle shift to accommodate the latest Specification Modules. Linking the years of Economics Info (all the way from Samuelson!) to the new textbooks and teachers resources is yet another task.
Despite the fact that Governments change and with them the overview of how Academics deliver subject knowledge it is clear that the Economics subject itself doesn't change radically, so a resource covering the approved resource textbook 'bibles' teachers are currently used to working with and adding/linking old well known textbook pages to the new Specs/textbooks could be useful and may sell on TES Resources.
KTechnology of course changes, but seriously do we believe students will make notes from Video's at Home?
It's a long project for the summer and copyright needs checking; but how do kids learn without standard summaries and keyterms.
You can make PPF diagrams by using excel too; see this link for info.
Sunday, 12 June 2016
Sunday, 5 June 2016
Having to economise on Electricity and the fact the Internet worked faster midnight to around 4am wasn't much of a problem in the wintertime, but now it's not necessary for the Electricity and Sunshiny days are here: so you would think to turn the day back round to Summer Hours but the Internet is still faster in the wee hours of silly daytime like just before Dawn- it's a problem.
Is it because Companies are closed and Public Transport isn't using four broadband channels?
There has to be a Spring-Summer solution: Siesta's?? Not really practical to have one in the UK when it's not so very hot that you need to hide away after lunchtime.
Over the summer a few ideas that have been quietly taking place may come about, but the question will be how to ensure any work turns into a paid resource project.
A couple of Apps for Art have just been downloaded - including Infinite Painter it might just be a free app for a set length of time and luckily an older version of Corel Essentials was bought years ago and is already on the pc- not being an artist, the photo to art converting tools might just make a difference.
I need to learn about layers too.
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
On a shoestring really can take it out of you. Between term time holidays are a particular challenge.
Typical Day: 'the nitty-gritty' for the unaware.
Email inbox, freelance and contract tutoring and Teaching work.
Checking new online tutor agency potential, Checking diary time for new tutees, working through a task list, especially to complete new online tuition agency profiles.
Applying for suitable contracts
Sorting the unsuitable options of being asked to sign as a temp-agency worker with no work or the wrong kind of work. (Reflecting that this can be a really negative move the potential for ending up losing out on what's just beginning to come together completely is a real possibility; especially if taking supply-contracts work for networking or assessment ideas via agencies who often advertise for freelance-commission work only for example but then the contractor wants to use PAYE but still with payment on ote on commission only.
If there's a charity fundraiser role where there's a future possibility of tutor work for example it seems a cool idea ie a daily rate ote could be included as self employed hours, but it seems not. These roles can't be included in the book-keeping/mini annual accounts and become PAYE so are no longer an option - last year this problem became a serious issue, still being resolved with the Inland Revenue ref tax etc.
Some applications for PAYE full time teaching roles are ok as the agency just receive a commission - these applications take a considerable time to complete.
Keeping up with agencies
Checking Online Tutor Profile emails and websites for potential new tutees, sending messages and information, replies to questions. Contacting the offline agency for updates.
Corresponding with Tutees and rescheduling or advising; the same with existing agencies.
Keeping up to date with new resources
arriving via email updates
Travel & Tourism
Compiling resources that include any updates or new specifications info and planning for the next exam season, creating 4 week schedules of tuition sessions that make sense.
Ensuring appearance ok eg hair, nails, clothes.
Resources collected together, text books, dangle, netbook and connector
Reflecting after tuition for the next tuition hour.
Selling resources online.
Book-keeping, sorting commission payments, bill payments.
Tidying, cleaning space, personal appearance maintenance including washing and drying Tutoring clothes, any Interview clothes etc. Keeping the car washed and some shopping for essential upkeep items (tea coffee, not forgetting textbooks, also nail varnish and remover, personal and home workspace items) tidying vehicle and maintaining.
Sorting pc backup and data tidying.
Wouldn't it be lovely to have a backup system in the sense of a weekly cleaning help ... Lots of folks have such help but that's a cost that can't be covered.
Managing Rsi and Carpal Tunnel: hands that click and drop things when they are worked with no rest because of years of typing are the reason for not working in Administration full time.
Oh more ideas for
Planning seasonal work and potential work.
All while the delayed age 60 pension isn't being paid. 40years plus contributions!!