Back in June, I shared that I was giving supply teaching a go. It’s now November, and I’m finally blogging about the next chapter I started. In July I applied for permanent teaching positions. Supply had shown me that I still felt like a teacher, despite 8 years away running my own business. It also showed me that I could do both. I still wasn’t 100% sure what I was doing, it felt like such a huge life change, with forever consequences. But I decided to just apply, and see what happened.
And here we are, I’ve had my year 6 class since September.
I don’t meet many teachers who have left and returned, but I suppose I’m not like many of the teachers I meet! I was even hired by a school that had a no visible tattoo policy…..!
Since September I’ve taken my class to the Isle of Wight for 5 days, and had the absolute privilage of seeing some children see the sea for the very first time (and therefore decide that we’d all be going in, in our clothes to celebrate!). I’ve given and marked a complete set of SATs mock exams, gone on 3 school trips and been assigned my first student teacher.
It’s certainly keeping me busy. I work an average 11 hour day, from 7:30-6:30 in school, but so far I’m succeeding in not taking any extra work home with me on weekends and evenings. Well apart from this weekend, but let’s skip over that for now.
Teaching was summed up, pretty accurately, by my boyfriend, as “Basically having to do adulting all day.” It’s completely this. I have 30 children in my care from 8:45 - 3:15, with not much time to pause, or have a break. I have to be the ultimate adult - in charge, keeping people safe, helping them learn, setting a good example, etc etc. That’s the most tiring part of teaching - being in charge and in control, without waivering.
I’ve now been a full time teacher for a half term, and two weeks, and so far so good! I’m finding my way through a new National Curriculum (it was different when I last taught!), the SATs, and coping with early starts and long days. I’m developing relationships with my children that seem to make them feel safe and secure in our classroom, and so far have maintained my sense of humour too! There are tougher days, and easier days, but that is certainly true for life itself, and most jobs.
Teaching has many struggles and challenges, but it has three core positives. Days are never boring; they whizz by. We get 13 weeks holiday. You get to feel part of something that has purpose. And that all feels good to me.