Although I consider myself relatively optimistic, I always feel balance is important. As an NQT, and still now, I am surrounded by astonishing practitioners who work so hard to do an incredible job. It's uplifting and aspirational. I remember in my first few years, watching these people (we used to be given 'Peer Observation Time', I'd highly recommend it) and being completely in awe of everything they were doing; finding a way out of your own classroom for a lesson or 2 is extraordinarily valuable. You enter your own classroom refreshed, with a new strategy you saw next door (it's strange how the first thing we look for, is the same thing we feel we are lacking).
But the other side of this coin is a little darker. Do you ever feel like everyone around you is doing a better job than you are? All of their lessons seem to go so well, they always talk about how engaged their children are and their to-do list is so neatly crossed through. Even here, I witter on about what went well and how exciting x, y and z were.
Let's flip the coin. Here are my 5 most irritating flaws...
Next time that person (likely me) is bragging about that brilliant lesson, remind yourself that they still had the price stickers stuck to their shoes the entire time. When you feel like you're the last person to assembly, you know it's because they never actually started their lesson because they spent 30 minutes talking about their dog.
One time I sat in milk. It was dreadful.