… Well, to be precise, it’s been a little over 11 weeks since my last post. A little longer than I had anticipated when I last wrote.
It’s not as though I haven’t wanted to write, but with starting a new teaching position my attention has been pulled elsewhere and in a number of different directions. I just didn’t have the headspace to write anything outside of either lesson resources or emails to colleagues at work. However, I recently had a week’s holiday and certainly by the end of the break I was feeling suitably rejuvenated, so much so that I wanted to read and write as much as I could, and generally take stock of the previous few months.
The first six weeks or so at my new job were a whirlwind of new policies and procedures, learning new names (for colleagues and students, and I will admit there are many that I still don’t know), understanding new examination structures and specifications, countless online ‘systems’ for things like class registers, reports and for data, and of course, who could forget – the office politics. It gets everywhere.
I felt as though I was getting into my groove just as the holidays arrived and so starting back may take a little getting used to. However, with reports due to this week for a couple of year groups and a parents evening, there is no time like the present to get things moving quickly again.
Whilst visiting family and friends over the break a number did ask me if I am enjoying the role. A straightforward question but requires a multi-layered response. Yes, I am largely enjoying it. From a subject perspective, I enjoy teaching my psychology students and the change in course specification. The students are keen, inquisitive and usually complete most of the work set, providing a perfect combination of analysis and debate.
Furthermore, due to the nature of the position, I am also teaching a number of subjects outside of my subject specialisms, some of which caused me a degree of surprise when I first saw my academic timetable for the year. This, I am finding more difficult to get my head around. Not so much the content at this stage, but more the adjustments in my own mindset that I need to make towards the students I am teaching. I haven’t taught younger students (11-14) year olds for over three years. And as pathetic, irrational or as melodramatic as that may read, I feel as though I am having to re-teach myself on how to actually teach. Even the basics such as setting up routines (getting students to line up outside the classroom for instance) feels a million miles away from where I have been for the past three years.
There are definitely some teething concerns in respect of how ‘things get done’ (in other words: organisation) at the school, but I see these much like teething issues that occur at every single school let alone every company around the world. It takes some time for the dust to settle.
I’ll get there and I am going to try and stop being so hard on myself in the meantime. At least I have been able to go crazy on some new stationary for the new academic year.