Like many things, the concept of the 'zero day' stresses me out. For those who haven't come across the phrase, a zero day is one during which you get absolutely nothing done, as a result of feeling mentally rubbish. When I first came across the idea, I was in a rough patch. I clung to … Continue reading There’s no such thing as a Zero Day
When I was in the classroom every day, I think I knew my purpose. I was a teacher, with all the unpackable purpose of that job title that I had worked for so long to earn. Photo by Lina Kivaka on Pexels.com Being an NQT though, I was still very much finding my feet and … Continue reading #DailyWritingChallenge – Purpose
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
Social Media in the Coronavirus Lockdown I've always had a love/hate relationship with social media. On the one hand, it can be hugely anxiety-provoking, because it feeds that part of our brains that can't help but compare us viciously to those around us. For example: "Oh my goodness, look how lovely she looks on that … Continue reading Seeking Sunshine
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