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A Year in the Life of a Teacher

Samantha sums up her year in a few words and encourages us to take this time to stop, breath and say well done to ourselves.

Thinking about my last year as a teacher, I was going to have a very deep and through reflection of what happened, what I have learnt, student highlights and so forth. Then I thought it might be fun to try and sum it up in as few words as possible.  This is from January to present instead of the full academic year.

Cold classrooms, trip to see warhorse, amazing drama performances, GCSE stress, planning, schemes of work  and more planning, nights out with teacher friends, tears in the drama office, dramas in drama, script writing, parents evenings, data  and Shakespeare, Shakespeare and more Shakespeare.

When I put it like that it looks slightly easy, I defiantly did not feel that way, and everything seemed to happen at once this year. We had a trip around the time of the GCSE drama exams, planning to do, rehearsals to get too and now it all feels like it never happened.

I think teachers tend to just stay on the treadmill, from one task to the next never really stopping for breath unless asked to. We can all see what’s happening in our classrooms and spend many hours trying to improve, coming up with methods or designing lesson plans, we don’t often stop and say well done to ourselves.

So here it is for all the supply teachers walking into an unruly science class on a Monday morning with a lesson plan that looks alien and a computer that doesn’t work. To all of the teachers tearing their hair out when a student doesn’t turn up for an exam. For all of the staff, planning and learning and making decisions every day for what is best for the next generation that we are educating. I guarantee many; many people would not want to or be able to deal with these situations. Teaching can be so rewarding, watching children fascinated by what you are teaching them, seeing them gain confidence, thanking for a lesson or simply saying ‘bye miss/sir’ as they leave feels like nothing else in the world. Teaching is also really hard and there are nights when I go home and sleep for four hours straight, wake up for dinner and go back to bed again just to wake up and do the same thing the next day.

This year I have learnt that it is our humanity and connection that teaches students the most not what is written on the board. I really, really like a clean desk and I cannot live without a cup of tea at least four times a day. I have also learnt I lean on my colleagues a lot for support and cannot do this job without them. Finally it’s okay to sometimes leave school at 3.30pm and ‘work from home’ because if I’m exhausted I can’t teach.

Samantha is secondary drama teacher and is currently in a long-term role in East London. She has written quite a few blogs for us now.


Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, supply, daily, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers


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