If you read too much of the media, and listen to the wrong voices too often, you'd be forgiven for thinking this profession is in tatters. While it is true that it can be tricky at times, there's no denying that EVERY profession has its difficulties; it just seems that ours gets a lot of attention; too many cooks comes to mind! However, while I say that, teaching isn't for everyone.
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?
15 Years Later
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.
An overwhelming feeling of community pours throughout the building. Much of our written policy and direction is discussed with staff and pieced together by the group; adults in all roles laugh together, both in and out of the classroom; learners are encouraged to share their successes in all areas, extra-curricular too! For the parents, I can imagine it feels very much like their own school days - while there is some different vocabulary, and some methods look unrecognisable, the overall feel is very familiar; it's safe.
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.