Stress [en]

A few lines on the stressful life of an apprentice-teacher. Don’t tell me we don’t deserve our holidays. Ever. Again.

[fr] Un petit aperçu du stress de l'enseignant. Et qu'on ne vienne pas me dire qu'on se la coule douce, qu'on est trop payés, et qu'on ne mérite pas nos vacances.

I’ve been thinking a lot about stress this week. I’m pretty stressed these days. I didn’t feel the stress much before the autumn holidays. I just felt very tired. Now I’m much less tired, and much more stressed.

Even though my sources of stress are multiple (private and professional, emotional and simply the sheer amount of work to do) it translates into a permanent background of “thinking of my pupils.” I just can’t get them out of my head. I go to sleep thinking of them, I wake up in the morning dreaming of them, I worry about them during the day, and even when I try to relax, they just won’t leave me alone. I’m usually pretty good at “blanking out” and thinking of “nothing”, but it just doesn’t work anymore nowadays.

It doesn’t help that I don’t have much time to do non-school things. Most of the time I have out of school is spent correcting and marking tests, preparing tests and classes, or discussing various school issues (relational or directly educational) with various people (some of whom must really be sick of hearing about all this stuff by now). Oh, and sleeping. Did I meantion dreaming about school? To put it shortly, I’m finding it hard to unwind.

However, even though I’m having a hard (sometimes rough) time, I’m confident that I’m doing what is necessary to improve the situation, and that I’m handling it as best I can. I am surrounded by competent and helpful people, and that helps a lot. It won’t last forever, and things are under control.

Just don’t tell me that teachers do nothing but sit on their arse all day waiting for their undeservedly long holidays, and go on “strike” because they think they’re not being paid enough. It pisses me off ever so slightly.

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Ca s'empile… [fr]

Au programme de mon week-end d’enseignante: beaucoup de corrections.

[en] A busy week-end ahead: lots of tests to correct and prepare.

Qui a dit que les enseignants se la coulaient douce? Au programme du week-end:

  • corriger les tests de verbes
  • corriger les corrections des deux derniers tests de verbes
  • corriger les corrections des deux derniers tests d’anglais
  • corriger le test significatif de maths
  • corriger l’exercice-contrôle d’orthographe sur le pluriel des noms
  • corriger et évaluer à  l’aide d’une grille à  20 points les rédactions d’une classe
  • corriger les résumés faits par l’autre classe
  • préparer le corrigé des exercices supplémentaires de grammaire
  • préparer le test de grammaire
  • préparer l’interrogation de vocabulaire anglais
  • préparer les cours…

Et dire qu’il y en a qui se demandent pourquoi on a tellement de vacances!

(P.S. Si seulement ils pouvaient faire moins de fautes dans leurs tests! Dire qu’il y en a également qui pensent que les enseignants préparent exprès des tests pour que leurs élèves y fassent plein de fautes…)

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Testing Meme Propagation In Blogspace: Add Your Blog! [en]

Participating in a meme propagation experiment.

[fr] Ce billet fait partie d'une expérience sur la propagation des "memes" dans la blogosphère.

Update 10.08: you should try the latest version of this type of meme instead. It’s pretty neat as it keeps a “memory” of where it has been.

This posting is a community experiment that tests how a meme, represented by this blog posting, spreads across blogspace, physical space and time. It will help to show how ideas travel across blogs in space and time and how blogs are connected. It may also help to show which blogs are most influential in the propagation of memes. The dataset from this experiment will be public, and can be located via Google (or Technorati) by doing a search for the GUID for this meme (below).

The original posting for this experiment is located at: Minding the Planet (Permalink: — results and commentary will appear there in the future.

Please join the test by adding your blog (see instructions, below) and inviting your friends to participate — the more the better. The data from this test will be public and open; others may use it to visualize and study the connectedness of blogspace and the propagation of memes across blogs.

The GUID for this experiment is: as098398298250swg9e98929872525389t9987898tq98wteqtgaq62010920352598gawst (this GUID enables anyone to easily search Google (or Technorati) for all blogs that participate in this experiment). Anyone is free to analyze the data of this experiment. Please publicize your analysis of the data, and/or any comments by adding comments onto the original post (see URL above). (Note: it would be interesting to see a geographic map or a temporal animation, as well as a social network map of the propagation of this meme.)


To add your blog to this experiment, copy this entire posting to your blog, and then answer the questions below, substituting your own information, below, where appropriate. Other than answering the questions below, please do not alter the information, layout or format of this post in order to preserve the integrity of the data in this experiment (this will make it easier for searchers and automated bots to find and analyze the results later).

REQUIRED FIELDS (Note: Replace the answers below with your own answers)

  • (1) I found this experiment at URL:
  • (2) I found it via “Newsreader Software” or “Browsing the Web” or “Searching the Web” or “An E-Mail Message”: Newsreader Software
  • (3) I posted this experiment at URL:
  • (4) I posted this on date (day, month, year): 03/08/04
  • (5) I posted this at time (24 hour time): 08:55:00
  • (6) My posting location is (city, state, country): Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland

OPTIONAL SURVEY FIELDS (Replace the answers below with your own answers):

  • (7) My blog is hosted by: myself (dedicated server at
  • (8) My age is: 30
  • (9) My gender is: Female
  • (10) My occupation is: teaching
  • (11) I use the following RSS/Atom reader software: NetNewsWire Lite
  • (12) I use the following software to post to my blog: WordPress
  • (13) I have been blogging since (day, month, year): 13/07/00
  • (14) My web browser is: FireFox
  • (15) My operating system is: OSX

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