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In their shoes - NQT Part 2

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In a regular series of blogs written by Samantha Wright we plan to follow her first year as a teacher, a job she has dreamed of doing since she was a child.

Last month NQT Samantha began her ‘dream’ career as a teacher. Let’s find out how her first month as a Primary School teacher went…

 
 
 

The first month

Well, I’ve survived the month! It was hard, it was long is was tiring, but also wonderfully refreshing to feel ‘all grown up’ with my very own class and finally settled into the routine of school life. It has not come without challenges, but I have also been able to reap the rewards.

As I sat on that first morning, waiting for the children to arrive I was nervous, excited, I had a million and one ideas of what to say and do running through my head. ‘What would be the first thing I say to the children?’ ‘What activities will we do on the first day back?’ ‘How am I going to cope for a full day with my very own class?!’

I really had nothing to worry about. The children were just as excited (and probably as nervous as I was). As they flooded my classroom, smiles on faces I could only smile back. Teaching for me had finally become a reality and I still don’t think it has quite sunk in, that I am ‘Miss Wright’ and this is my class.

So what actually has my first month of teaching taught me? (I shall try and sum it up with the following ‘teacher friendly’ success criteria).

‘I can survive an outburst of the common cold’

The dreaded September cold. It hits us all, the kids are back together and the germs are thriving. I managed all of four days with the children before I found myself reaching for as many oranges as I could eat and drinking copious amounts of lemon and honey tea. BUT I SURVIVED. (Just). It was hard. But one word of advice is to try have some Vitamin C every day and make sure that you have techniques that you can control the class with; so when you do lose your voice, chaos does not ensue.

‘I can repeatedly wake up before my alarm’

This is definitely one of the most amazing, yet annoying tricks I have learnt after my first month in school. Now that I am in a routine, I find myself waking up precisely two minutes before my alarm at 5.58am - great for getting up for a morning before school, not so great when you’re wanting a lie in on a Sunday. But one thing is for sure, your body clock recognises your routine and makes sure you will never obscure from that routine again.

‘I can appreciate the little things kids do’

It’s fantastic to receive thank you notes on your desk in the morning; or a gift received in the form of a daisy, or leaf. But the real joy (and humour) comes from the little comments the children make. Children are brutally honest- when you are looking tired, they will tell you about it. When you have worn the same item of clothing in a row, you will know about it.

‘Miss Wright, you’ve worn that cardigan two days in a row now!’
‘Miss Wright, what’s wrong with your eyes today?’

But these quirky comments are what makes me love having my own class and what really makes the children’s individual personalities shine through.

So, even though I am still only in my first month of teaching, I have learnt so much already. Although sometimes there is not enough time in a day to fit the ‘million and one’ tasks to do; having my own class and 31 little protégés of my own, is one of the most rewarding things I have experienced so far.

Here’s to month number two!

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