It's such a long time since I've written one of these blog posts, revisiting my NQT year with an eye to finding something useful to share! When I flicked through my diaries to find what I wrote in December, I wasn't sure how any of it could become something useful to an up-and-coming NQT. Though … Continue reading December
So, this happened... On Wednesday morning, I recorded a podcast with the wonderful Toria from Teaching Others and Learning All the Time. She has made it her mission to raise tiny voices from the Twitterverse, to help us be heard and to make our stories known. One of those stories is mine. My URL alone … Continue reading Finding My Voice
Three Recent Reads Something I did a whole lot of in lockdown, not surprisingly, was reading. There were plenty of times when I needed an escape from the stressful scenario we found ourselves in (arguably, that we haven't left yet!) and my crammed bookshelves were the ideal respite. So for this Sunday Shelf, I thought … Continue reading Sunday Shelf, Vol. 4
August 9th - Book Lovers' Day A poem I came across while looking for images to accompany this blog post - sadly I am unable to find out who wrote it! Through the beauty of my twitter trends list this morning, I found out that today is Book Lovers' Day (known as National Book Lovers' … Continue reading Sunday Shelf, Vol. 3
When 'empowerment' emerged as a theme for the #DailyWritingChallenge, I thought long and hard about it. I feel as though I have been empowered by this blog, sharing pieces of myself with every entry I post and making connections with new people who have been affected by the things I have written. But this time, … Continue reading Empowering the Quiet Ones
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 Advice #3