If there’s one thing I’m sure my fellow teachers will sympathise with, it’s not having enough time during the year to do things you wanted to. So I won’t apologize too much about letting this here blog lie fallow for so long. But I will apologize a bit. Sorry!
Im going to focus instead on the things I’m learning in this new career of mine that is Primary School Teaching. It’s a hoot, but I have genuinely never worked so hard in my life. Woof. It’s hard, relentless but luckily not a thankless job.
I’m learning heaps and so I thought It will be valuable to share some of those things with you. Here’s 5 Things I’m Learning About Being an NQT:
- Year 4s have an endless supply of questions up their sleeves. You either need to have the same amount of answers up yours, or know when enough is a enough, question-wise.
- Parents are more scared of you than you are of them. You do need to screw your courage every time you need to approach a parent with some feedback, but as long as you do it with some understanding of what they’re dealing with, more often than not the response is positive. Or at least doesn’t end in tears (yours).
- You won’t get everything done all of the time. In fact you might not get enough done most of the time. As I type this (on my phone, waiting for the bus at 18:45 on a Monday night), my reading corner remains possibly the most boring in the world, let alone the school. But it will have to wait because I need to prioritize other things right now, and I cannot work 24 hours a day.
- Technology is the bees knees. I recently made a short film of a recent school trip to a museum. It took me an hour in iMovie, but my kids went beserk for it and I have a record of the day to share with parents. Win.
- Sometimes you need to level up. In a recent incident at school, a lovely girl in my class has gotten into the habit of being untruthful. I had tried to deal with it several times in class without the desired effect, and in the end, I had to get my deputy head to give the student a talking to. Sometimes it’s ok to admit you can’t solve everything on your own.
I hope my experience resonates with some of you – please do get in touch and let me know some of the things you learnt as an NQT!