Being a teacher is rewarding - but it’s also very tough! The daily demands, stresses, expectations and work loads can become overbearing and, at times, can take over your personal life.
Finding a balance, and some ‘time for you’ is essential. So, what ways can you do this without spending lots of money?..
What other things could/ do you do?…
I sometimes think that pupils act ‘dumb’ on purpose.
Seriously, I do!
Randomly, as I was sat watching some telly last night, I realised that I’ve had more CPD in the last year than I had since beginning my NQT year. One of the major reasons for this, (and there are others) is the ability to network and share on twitter/ tumblr / Dropbox.
The various versions of ‘tags’ allow us to share our ideas, experiences, resources and, when necessary, complaints. Just like the ‘staffroom’, I was anxious that it might become a bitter spiral in to the hell and unstoppable moaning, but it isn’t.
Well, because #teachers who are using these sites aren’t using them to moan about little Johnny who won’t hand his homework in on time; they are using them simply for CPD.
Those teachers out there who aren’t a part of the ‘network’ - where are they getting their professional development?..
If yes - I want to follow you.
I received a thank you card in the post, at work, from Pearson. Two pupils in my y12 group had nominated me for a ‘thank a teacher’ award. I won’t win, with only 2 votes, but it really touched my heart.
Their comments weren’t about amazing lesson plans, activities or topics - but that I was supportive, funny and that they always left my lesson feeling ‘cheered up’.
Just perfect x