Hello friends, welcome to the first post. Now, where to start… Well one of the reasons I wanted to start this blog was to provide something useful for trainee teachers, and maybe to encourage more people to consider entering the profession. How I can perhaps do that is give you guys my perspective of what this barmy world is like. It’s a wonderful job, (it’s more a vocation than a job really) and even though it takes a lot of sacrifice, the rewards far outweigh the drawbacks in my opinion.
Speaking of recruitment, I’m passionate about getting more guys in primary. On my course at uni, I was one of only 3 guys out of about 60 in total. It’s a shame as I know many friends who would make great teachers. A lot of young boys could really do with the accessible role models, and on a lighter note it’s always funny being one of the only blokes about the place.
The teaching lark isn’t easy though, at least that’s what I’ve found. There have been plenty of times where I’ve considered just packing it in altogether. I think I just became ultra-aware of needing to consistently up my game for other people’s children… and that freaked me out as that’s a huge responsibility! The doubt is not a bad thing though. If you think you can do this job with your eyes closed then that’s a huge problem.
I’m 21 now and I’ve been a trainee since I was 18. After almost 4 years, I’m still nowhere near qualifying, which I think is a good way to show my first bit of advice: slow down and take your time. When you qualify, there is no safety net. As a trainee, you can make all the mistakes you need to learn from (within reason of course) and qualify when you have your wits about you. I’m very thankful I have the luxury to take this time while I’m still young of course. I understand that if you’re a post-graduate for example, it’s always tempting to rush, but honestly, don’t. You’ll have time to do things as a trainee that you just won’t have when you have your own class.
So, my journey so far… I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was 15 at least, talking to tutors in careers meetings. I think I always admired my teachers from school and how I always enjoyed school as well definitely helped! I remember choosing my A levels with teaching in mind, as I chose English and Maths. Right from the off I was intrigued with primary, I think as primary gives you an opportunity to delve into many subjects, truly making every week different, then say dedicating yourself to one subject in secondary. Though I would like to give secondary a try one day, probably when I’m at least 10 years older!
Then I enrolled on a teacher training course at university for the first time, and that’s where things started getting more complicated…