It’s all firsts – first day, first week … and before you know it, you will have completed your first half term!
Just like a child on her first day back at school after the holidays, I would always prepare carefully to make sure I had everything ready. In those days that meant hanging my uniform up on the back of the door, packing my bag and sharpening all my pencils (this is primary school we are talking about!)
As a teacher I still maintained this preparation - but it would be every Sunday!
The one thing that working in a school gives you is the chance to start over – it’s exciting when each new week begins, but it is also the opportunity, if things haven’t gone as well as you wanted, to begin again.
And this is never truer than going back into a class who you are struggling with. As a teacher though you are also giving permission to the students to start again – to the girl or boy who caused a problem last lesson – that they too can start again.
During this first half term, you will make mistakes – the key to survival is how you get back in the saddle! And remembering that there are plenty of people around to help point you in the right direction.
Reflect, re-plan, re-start!
It’s all firsts for me too.
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Dr Sharon Williams