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Loving being back in work, so give me a gold star David Cameron

Miranda is a Primary Supply Teacher working in schools  through Protocol Education in Manchester. Miranda is back in supply work after her maternity leave and it turns out it's like riding a (wobbley) bike! ...

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Loving being back in work, so give me a gold star David Cameron

I got the fear, which started to build like a tower of link bricks about a month ago. On the Sunday before, when no work had come through, I began to feel a mix of disgruntled (unemployed, forgotten, poor, angry with David Cameron. I’m ready for work. Why is work not ready for me?) and delighted (dum, de dum. Oh well, maybe I could pop to the garden centre. I could possibly stretch to a packet of seeds and a cup of tea?). Then came the call. And I was back in the ring.

I’ve been on maternity leave for the past few months. A kind of strange and beautiful suspended animation with a lot of cuddles and digestive biccies. If you ever wondered what happened to cow biscuits (AKA Malted Milk?) – they still exist. Yes it’s true.  But only in baby groups. The new mothers have commandeered the EU Malted Milk Mountain. People let us rise up and dunk them!! I digress.  

My first lesson involved teaching Year 4 about how to identify and use tension in a narrative – ho hum.  Actually, despite my worst nightmares –  Year 5 maths genius at front of class, left-handed scissors in the wrong hands, teaching Year 6 football, reading Going on a Bear Hunt for the 8 millionth time - it was like riding a bike.  Well, it was like riding a rickety bike, where the seat’s been put up a bit high and the gears have a tendency to slip out now and then but somehow it keeps going even if it’s a little wayward at times.

Glad to teach in a way that did not involve my big pregnant belly in a leading role – last seen in school with a cup of weak tea and a pile of numeracy marking balanced on it – I pranced about quite a lot, moving all around the classroom, and leaping up to open the door to visitors and get paper for children big enough to get it for themselves. Well anyway, they asked me back. And the next day, a smidgeon complacent, I came home deafened and near defeated from teaching Year 2.

Despite those fears that can breed over the holidays – the ones that start to twinge and nag like a neglected back molar the week before - I can honestly say that the challenge of supply work has woken me up again.  I've remembered what it’s like to work under pressure, to have high expectations laid on you from the moment you walk through a door, to have ideas and adapt them to suit different classes of different people, to listen to what children have to say about their lives and their school.  I also realise this is only week one and my specs are perhaps still a little rosy with baby love, so watch this space...  

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Tags: Miranda, Supply Teacher, maternity leave, Manchester, Teach in UK, Primary Teacher, Protocol Education

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