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
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
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
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.