10 things I know now that I didn’t before qualifying as a teacher

I have been teaching for two years now and I have absolutely loved it, however, there are some things I would tell myself before I started my PGCE.

  1. Constantly try new things! They may work. They may not. When they do, what a feeling!
  2. Don’t work all day, everyday.
  3. Be confident
  4. Don’t quit your hobbies
  5. Don’t have a packet of biscuits at your desk
  6. Photocopiers will become your friend. Just treat them with care and you will soon understand them.
  7. You’ll always find yourself writing lists.
    1. Mark English
    2. Mark Maths
    3. Mark Science
    4. Plan
    5. Write a list
  8. If anybody comes into your class and says ‘Don’t worry we’re not looking at you’. They are definitely looking at you. – This isn’t a bad thing, just embrace it and show off what you and the children can do!
  9. Prioritise
  10. Children may overtake you with their knowledge of technology!

There are many other things I would say to myself two years ago but I would never say, are you sure about teaching?

If you have started a PGCE or in your NQT year, keep going! Remember why you chose to be in the profession!

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