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
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
What can I do over the summer to get ready? This was requested by @Miss_Grimmer on Twitter, and it's actually been quite nice to reflect on what I did last summer, what I didn't do and what I maybe should have done! I hope there's something useful in here for soon-to-be NQT's thinking about the … Continue reading NQT Advice #1
While this is an addition to my NQT series, it is equally an entry for the #DailyWritingChallenge, under the heading of 'perseverance.' November was a long, hard slog for me: not a month I will forget in a hurry for sure. I moved out of my parents' house, for that first taste of independence and … Continue reading November
There have been better days than today, and I am sure that better days are coming. Today, not even a run was enough to clear my head, so I guess that leaves me waiting it out. I have to trust that it will get better. How is it even possible to feel burnt out by … Continue reading #DailyWritingChallenge – Trust
Being a teacher is something I dreamed of, something I worked hard for, something I knew would be difficult but that I persevered for regardless. I never expected my first year to be like this.
This is the second in my series of NQT Year blogs, looking back and reflecting on each month. Now, October, where I tried to keep afloat, sometimes with success and other times with less than that... "[My headteacher] told me today that I'm smiling again."Tuesday, 1st October 2019 As the leaves began to change, so … Continue reading October
All good stories have a solid starting point, don't they? My NQT story began in September 2019, and thanks to my meticulous journaling habit, I can piece together a fairly accurate account of my first month as a teacher. Maybe it will be useful to someone just embarking on their NQT journey (provided, of course, … Continue reading September