Pursuit of Happiness

After a day of intense woe (highlights include paying for the privilege of having the dental hygienist assault my gums with a spiky stick!) it is of course time to whip out the happy blog and provide a little update on my latest adventures!

As part of the Teach First programme one has to spend a week in a ‘contrasting’ school, so last week I had the privilege of observing and teaching at the secondary school I attended.  And it was frankly marvellous.  It sometimes feel like I have changed so much in the last five years that I barely recognise myself but suddenly I was back home at my old school and the staff were so lovely and made me feel so welcome and not like a stranger at all.  I don’t even know if that sentence made sense at all, but I’m a mathematician not a writer, so life being short we’ll leave it at that.  I taught some A level maths and Further Maths and loved it.  There’s nothing quite as thrilling as inverting a 3 x 3 matrix, don’t you find?  :P

As well as having a lovely week at home with my parents, I’ve also come away with lots of ideas for my own practice and also a clearer idea of what I want to aim for career-wise.  And then I got to spend Saturday in Carlisle surprising the lovely Marie for her birthday, so it’s been a cracking week!

And today I leave you with some quotes from my positive quotes calendar (which has of late fallen by the wayside, a phrase which here means “has just been found under a large pile of mess on my desk”).

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it” – Jacques Prévert

“The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” – Erasmus