As we have come to the end of the Autumn term, and indeed 2015, I am amazed to say that TeachMrN.com has seen 2000 visitors and well over 8000 views! For the Maths geeks out there, that's approximately 142 visitors a week from across the world, perusing an average of 4 pages each! Thank you so much for your support and interest!
For those who didn't know, I changed school this academic year. It was the catalyst to me launching TeachMrN.com; a fresher take on the teaching profession and my own outlook on my career. I love what I do, and I want to share it with you!
To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.
Take charge of your own decision making and hold your ideologies close.
A positive mental attitude and Growth Mindset will allow you to balance all the good that you do (regardless of your path in life) and help you seek out ways to improve, keeping your core values intact. Finding a new challenge, by searching for a new school, was my way of achieving that; it's amazing to consider how doing the 'same job', in a different setting, can be so refreshing, and I imagine it's a similar theory in most sectors.
I've been fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of my secondary school books recently. The context of the writing is fairly self-explanatory; aside from the general teenage scrawl, you'll see I was a reflective learner, although frightened of making mistakes and taking exams. When I read it back to myself, I wondered how much of it applied to learners today?
The first term in my latest school is a term I am very proud of; going somewhere new was daunting. My previous setting was a fantastic place to start, it taught me everything I know. I was given a real opportunity to make good progress and find my feet (which is of paramount importance when you're first starting out); it was everything an NQT would want, and I was able to build on that year throughout my time there. A keen reader, I enjoyed reading research and testing out the strategies described. I was very lucky to be surrounded by those who enabled me to make my own choices.
However, like a toddler, there came a time where my own voice started to come through. Ideas and methods raced around my head and I needed an outlet for them. Part of that outlet is this very website, but that wasn't enough. I needed to spread my wings; therein started my search for pastures new.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
Where I find myself now, is a magical place, led by a forward-thinking and empathetic leadership team. The school is filled with strong educators, who have been given a specific mixture of trust and freedom to carefully hone their craft, uncomplicated by passing educational fads and shallow initiatives, pushed out by those with little knowledge of what we do.
Every decision is made with the learners in mind; the intended outcome of everything is the impact on the children. As a result, we find ourselves with an army of strong-willed, charismatic young people, with the potential to solve real-life problems. Granted, this strong-will and charisma sometimes appears as 'attitude' or complacency, but the caring nature of the staff and supportive ambition of the families soon gets the learners on the correct path. Find me an instance where you have fallen out the wrong side of the bed and needed to be reminded of social convention!
Each day is tackled with honesty and a sense of priority. This modern world can be tricky; let's work together to make sense of it; we are a team!
I am so pleased to have found a place that combines the best of what I knew, and the best of what I am still to learn.
What is the best of your school?
A key to growing as a teacher is to keep company mainly with teachers who uplift you, whose presence inspire you and whose dedication drives you.
Robert John Meehan