Been sitting out in the shade since breakfast working on some ideas for my new venture and also on some notes and reading to help me be better in my job. I’ve had a heap of emails to answer and have finished all my new intake prep and feel more than ready to face the new term and all of the lovely new faces as well as the returning students from last year.
It seems like we get a huge long summer holiday when we are teachers but it’s not really the case. I’ve skimped on lots of boring updates of hours spent doing my prep for next year and the meetings I’ve attended and the phone calls and emails that have been fielded and dealt with and the times I’ve been into the office to do essential in between academic year stuff.
I wasn’t around for results day, I don’t teach GCSE’s personally but I have privately tutored some kids whose parents felt they needed a boost and I have also had some of my own students and even colleagues who have had to retake GCSE’s in English and Maths in order to progress to HE or into positions which require that basic minimum. So it was good to see how everyone had done and where there was no social media to help me find out I had to do some scouting. I’ve also had a few former students who are starting uni in September who have needed some last minute assurance and guidance with one or two things so they’ve contacted me for help there.
A lot of work that teachers puts in goes unnoticed, the hours spent at home working are lost hours, nobody really counts them and teaching has got to be one of the few jobs in the world where you pinch things from home to take into work instead of the other way around.
I’ve ordered a whole new armoury of flip charts and markers, whiteboard markers, presentation clicker batteries, pens and pencils, post it notes and all manner of stationery which budgets do not cover and we often find we have to fund out of our own pockets and I’ve created, designed, constructed and printed off swathes of activity and task resources. It’s great to have the long summer break to catch up on all of this stuff and it’s great to be able to work when you feel like it but we do still work. i don’t think a teacher’s mind is ever quite fully off the job. The nature of the beast is that we are planning forward and reflecting back constantly and that doesn’t stop just because the calendar says it’s summer. I feel so much better organised this year, I really think this healthy approach has filtered through to everything I do and just made me function better as a person and hopefully it will make me even better at my job.