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Well today was one of those days that reminds you of why you do the job. I’ll admit the pressure builds and suddenly you’ve got 15,000 small jobs to get done and you have a brief panic that you’ve completely forgotten how to teach and wonder how long it will take the kids to eat you alive.
Then you see a year 7 student with a blazer that’s too big and everyone has shiny shoes and an awkward stance with their backpack. Pristine pencil cases and eagerness pouring from every pore. You realise the incredible privilege you have to be part of their growing up and you smile, from your toes because you feel proud and you feel humble.
Best bit of the day was seeing a year 7 student on their own, looking a little lost and having a chat with her about her love of reading and Roald Dahl and making her smile and feel a little better about the school. Awesome stuff.
Then you get thrown back into swimming through all the planning of lessons, marking, negotiating your stationery order and clinging on to some semblance of a social life.

But hey for that shining second that playground sparkled with happiness for me.

I will teach Maths, History and Yoga this year. Quite a combo!

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Sometimes as a teacher you get to a point of insurmountable things that need to get done. Today was a prime example of how much paperwork that needs to be prepared before you can even teach a child.

Display boards need to be papered and primed, whiteboards cleaned to shine, seating plans, mark books, data sheets, photocopies, books, handouts, stationery, desk space, text books, IT check, desk tidy, literacy check, keywords display. Then we have things related to having a form: duty rota, welcome presentation PowerPoint, birthday list, pictures, notice board, checking lockers, obtain diaries and so on. This is before I have planned my lessons and though about homework.

The amount of effort that goes into the start of every year is in incredible and important. However what I do think is difficult to reconcile is that for much of the year I would argue that these data and evidence based exercises are less for the students and more for others to see. It would be wonderful to have more time to spend on lessons and sometimes I am genuinely quite shocked by how much time is required from teachers to be able to prepare fantastic lessons for all their classes every week. Today that is what I felt- a fear that I wouldn’t be able to deliver the lessons I wanted to. I’ll make it happen, but at what cost?