My journey through teaching is at its very beginning. I graduated in Psychology and Education from the University of Durham in 2014 and six weeks later, after an intensive Summer Institute with TeachFirst, I found myself at the front of a classroom of 30 eleven year old children who were ready to learn some maths.
With the majority of my first year of teaching under my belt, I feel in a strange place between knowing how much I have developed and improved as a practitioner over the past nine months and also being astutely aware that I have oh so much further to go. However, this prospect is not a daunting one, it is an exceedingly exciting one. I love the profession, I love the pressure, the late nights, the early mornings and the difficult pupils.. maybe not at the time.. but I do love it. All because it has led to multiple ‘lightbulb’ moments for both the pupils and myself. The moments of elation when a pupil ‘gets it’ and the moments of pride when you see their character develop along with their academic ability.
This blog is a place for me to share what I find, to share my challenges as a new teacher and to celebrate the successes of not only the pupils, but the teachers who dedicate the vast majority of their lives to these amazing young people.
Thank you for reading.