My new job!

I haven’t written anything for a while but meeting my new class this week I feel deserves a post! I met a very talented bunch of children who I cannot wait to work with! They have shown huge enthusiasm for their learning and this is something that impressed me throughout the morning.

During the transition day, I also found out that I am going to be the P.E co-ordinator for the school. Something that I have wanted to do for a while now. I have a passion for sport due to my background playing Ice Hockey and this is something I feel I can offer to the role. I am so pleased I have been given this opportunity to be in charge of P.E. This will aid my own professional development and help me progress to the next stage in my career.

My new school has a long line of success in sport. Cross country champions and Year 5 and 6 football county champions to name a few, so I do feel a lot of pressure to succeed in this role. However, it won’t be me that succeeds, it will be children and they haven’t changed. I just need to facilitate their success. Everything will be fine as long as the children have a platform to showcase their talents. This is an aim of mine for my new role.

A new adventure will soon be upon me and I can’t wait to get started!

Just keep running…

Over the last 6 months I have been taking my running quite seriously. I have competed in two 10k’s and compete in a 5k Park Run every Saturday morning. It has helped me re-gain fitness and also it has helped me develop my mental toughness for teaching.

During my time teaching, I have noticed that the academic year is actually quiet like a long distance run. Once you start the year, you start well, comfortable and ready for a good year, however, throughout the year, you can have highs and you can have lows, just like a race. In a race, you can have sudden bursts of energy which make you faster and this represents the successes you can have in teaching. You can also have hills to climb. These hills represent lows. It is how you climb these hills that matter, but once you are at the top and you have conquered a low, you can tackle any issue you face in the future. When the end of the race is in sight, you can’t wait to finish, but you must ensure you maintain a strong finish.

The moral of this post…just keep running! You’ll get there!

Half term

Update

I am so glad that the half term break has arrived. My eyes needed propping open with match sticks by the last day. Having completed my reports, ensured all marking was complete and applied for a new job, which I got!!, I felt ready for the break!

So yes, I got a new job! An exciting challenge will be upon me in September and I cannot wait to get started! I will certainly miss my current school; they took me in, two years ago as a NQT, who didn’t know a great deal about teaching, and helped me develop to someone who is extremely confident and knowledgable in the profession. The staff have been fantastic there and I could not have wished for a better school to start my career. With the support I was given, which was outstanding, I believe I have a brilliant foundation to succeed in my career, and I will be eternally grateful for that.

The next chapter. I will be teaching in Year 4 again which I cannot wait for! Utilising my skills that I’ve already gained, will benefit me massively for next year. The school I am going to is wonderful and the chance for progression is brilliant! I feel opportunities will come my way and I cannot wait to relish in the responsibility.

In terms of teaching, my main aim for the new academic year is to utilise ICT more in the classroom and have it as an integral part of the learning environment I provide for the children. I’m not saying I don’t use it at the moment, what I’m saying is that I can use it more effectively to aid progress for the children. I will start posting more on ICT over the next few months as I look to use it more in my classroom