About Michael

I am an Irishman living and teaching in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. After many years travelling I am now in my third year as a maths teacher. I love teaching, discovering and exploring with students. If there are two ways of doing something and one is more fun I will take that route every time. Work hard, be happy and be awesome, always be awesome! For more stories from the chalkface see my blog; http://goddividedbyzero.blogspot.co.uk/ @Chuckieinalba

How high up is the school in the cloud?

It’s the start of May already, the sun (I think it’s the sun, its been a while!) is shining and exam leave is upon us. The fourths years left for exam leave a week ago and have already completed their … Continue reading

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It is quite possible to work without results, but never will there be results without work…

The run up to Christmas was immense and I was so tired when we eventually got to the holidays. I find myself sleeping deeper and deeper as the term ends and the holidays approach to the point that you are … Continue reading

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We need to talk about Johnny…

Sometimes you get a feeling that a class is going to go pear shaped for reasons beyond your control, that no matter what you do things are just not going to go right. Monday was such a day. Four classes … Continue reading

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Work hard, be happy and be awesome…

All is relatively good in the land of jotters, whiteboards and silly cabbages. I am almost accustomed to getting up at stupid o’clock in the morning (officially anytime before 9am); I have managed to memorise all of the students names; all my classes … Continue reading

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When she is good she is very, very good …

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It’s a different world I woke up to on 15th August this year. A brand new school that’s only three or four years old; new students to teach and learn from; new colleagues to work with and new friends to … Continue reading

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Remember today for it is the beginning of always..

Many things in life are cyclical. As Edinburgh finally warms up and the festival gets into full swing the teachers’ holidays come to a close. It’s an exciting time; the summer holidays may be over but a new school year brings … Continue reading

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We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance..

A week in the life of an Irishman in love with a Tanguera. Tango – a ballroom dance of Latin-American origin, danced by couples, and having many varied steps, figures, and poses or music for this dance. Tanguero / Tanguera … Continue reading

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So much of life, it seems is determined by pure randomness…

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It’s been a good week so far: the rain came but the sun shone; I, unlike Hibernian football club, managed to get my hands on the Scottish Cup (if only for a few moments); the Primary 7’s arrived for a … Continue reading

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Saints are sinners who kept on going..

SUCCESS!! I now have a permanent full time job starting next August. All the hard work going over and over applications (37 applications in total since this time last year); the many interviews, mock interviews and reflection have finally paid … Continue reading

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Do or Do not, there is no try..

Friday was a busy day, last of a short week thanks to the Queen and I hope she enjoyed her party (must be tough being in the same job for sixty years without promotion but I sure she gets by). It … Continue reading

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