Swapping the heels for slippers!

I’ve decided that working with children graciously entitles you to the least desirable attributes shared by both adolescence and old age. I’m sure the majority of you reading this will be all too familiar with the usual complaints of a teacher; low pay, long hours, clueless governments, and we wont even talk about the occasional Devil’s Spawn! And we all entered our jobs despite these issues, claiming in our interviews that our passion, motivation and enthusiasm overrides all the negatives. However what I didn’t consider was the huge probability that I would turn into an elderly teenager!!

Let me explain; My forehead currently boasts more spots than I have ever had in my lifetime, I consume more wine than I ever had before – and that’s saying a lot considering I’ve just left uni! I have precious little time to tidy my room – meaning lots of smelly socks on the floor! eww right?! But I’m also in bed by a reasonable time (mostly), drink horlicks before bedtime, listen to Magic fm when all the “racket these kids listen to these days” gets too much, and sensible shoes (and underwear) are essential!

Don’t get me wrong I’m not complaining, I love my job and immensely proud to say I’m a teacher and it’s what keeps a smile on my face. I’m merely illustrating the importance of not taking yourself too seriously. A very special person reminded me today that there will always be challenges and problems without fail. The art is to take a step back and assess weather it is worth getting stressed about and if so, what steps need to be taken, or it can be laughed at over a cup of horlicks (glass of wine ;p). And sometimes a constructive way to deal with shortcomings is to use it to your advantage to empower and motivate you.

You’re awesome! Go you!

“It’s been lovely to meet you!”….

Home Visits!

I’ve been visiting my children at their homes this week and it’s been absolutely wonderful! Every family we’ve visited have been so enthusiastic and helpful and I cant wait to have all the kids in my class now! However, the home visits are so tiring! I feel like I might go crazy if I say “It’s been lovely to meet you!”…or…”Would you like us to take our shoes off?” just once more! And if I didn’t already drink too many cups of tea, I have definitely set a record this week!

At first I was very nervous!…What do I say to the parents?..What if they ask me questions I don’t know the answer to?…etc… But I’ve been very lucky with the beautiful people we’ve met and I’ve realised it’s all about confidence and charm. If you are pleasant, keep smiling and seem like you know what your doing, most families are put at rest. After all, their baby is starting big school! it’s a huge deal for them! We must remember every one of the children is someone’s special jem! 

Hello fellow fish (teachers)!

Welcome to my new blog!
Despite appearances I do not have a passion for fish (Sorry to disappoint), I am a newly qualified teacher who will begin teaching an early years class in an outer London school this September. From my brief visits to the school in July I’ve realised I am very lucky to have been employed in such a fantastic school and I am very excited. However, I am fresh out of Uni and now amongst so many fantastically experienced and skilled practitioners, leaving me feeling like a very small fish in a rather large pond – hence the title! 🙂

I’ll blog regularly with the things that arise along the adventure of being an NQT. My main aim of this blog is to connect with other new teachers to share ideas, concerns and create a support network encouraging and motivating each other. So please do comment on my posts and share your opinions and experiences! But remember to keep it all confidential – no personal or place names!

2014/2015 is going to be one hell of a roller-coaster! BRING IT ON!