I'm in a weird in-between stage in my life, and I don't know if I like it. Actually, I think my family would attest to me not liking it very much, considering how much I've moaned about it lately! All my life, my next step has been predetermined and secure. I have always known what … Continue reading Are Treadmills Over-rated?
Or, keeping calm and carrying on https://i.pinimg.com/564x/4c/b3/66/4cb366c455ecc08786d89e8c7cf234a4.jpg I have been fairly resilient for a long time. Setback after setback has tried to stop me living my dream, but here I am, the end of my NQT year a hair's breadth from my grasp. I had rather hoped that my crusade of forced resilience might come … Continue reading Resolve
I have craved stillness all week. A classroom is not the best setting when temperatures are rising, and the movement required of teaching Year Ones, even in a bubble, is not the most comfortable thing in the world when outdoor temperatures are high. But the real stillness I've wanted has been mental rather than physical: … Continue reading #DailyWritingChallenge – Stillness
I am not ideal. Let me unpack that, because in its stark brevity it may be jarring, despite its truth. The terms 'extrovert' and 'introvert' to describe the two ends of the personality spectrum are relatively new, having been popularised almost 100 years ago by Carl Jung. But the predisposition towards one or the other, … Continue reading I am not ideal.
What do I do in my first week? This was requested on Twitter by @miss_jwoodcock - I hope there's something helpful in among all this! I think this is the blog I would have most wanted to read myself, as an NQT-to-be. There was so much running through my head, and despite all my placement … Continue reading NQT Blogs #3
An average teacher in an average classroom makes 1500 choices every day. Our working life centres around the outcome of these decisions and then making infinite other choices as a result. Decision fatigue is very real; at the end of a day it's not uncommon to see teachers struggle over the smallest choices because we're … Continue reading #DailyWritingChallenge – Choice
I struggled writing this! Not because I'm not happy, but because there's a lot of things that can make me sit back and say "Yeah, I'm happy." And for someone with a chronic anxiety disorder, it's pretty great to be able to do that! When I sat with my blog notebook today, this is what … Continue reading #DailyWritingChallenge – Happiness
I love to laugh. In my family, shared time is best spent with the kind of laughter that forces tears from you eyes while you silently rock, too amused to even produce sound. We find laughs everywhere: the obvious places like The Last Leg and Gogglebox; the more niche choice of Richard Osman's House of … Continue reading #DailyWritingChallenge – Humour
I'm currently reading Becoming by Michelle Obama; after lusting after this book, life got in the way and I ended up putting it down for an extended period, more than once. But there really is no excuse not to read, in lockdown! Though that makes it sound like a chore, and this book is far … Continue reading #DailyWriting Challenge – Roots
On Rejection... I wrote this in the wake of what initially felt like the end of the world: being unsuccessful in interviewing for a further maternity cover at my school, that would have allowed me to stay for another year. I was crushed because I've loved working at that school, with wonderful children and fantastic … Continue reading NQT Advice #2