That’s it, the summer is almost over and for many of us teachers, next week will herald a new year with new sets of students. For the majority, students will be familiar, routines will be the same and the curriculum will be relatively comparable; however for those, like me, who have moved job, the next week and a half will be exhilarating, exciting and, at times, terrifying.
The last time I started a new job was as an NQT – a safe position with lots of support and lower expectations but now I am more experienced and should know what I am doing. I know that my first few lessons will mark out how my year will be for my students and for me so it is important for me to get things right if I want my students to get them right, too.
In my opinion, teaching is one of the most difficult jobs in which to move position to another employer – the expectations, routines and students are entirely different between schools and you must adapt to the new environment almost immediately. It is, however, important for my own development to move positions to keep challenging myself – I’ve learnt how to teach in one setting and I now need to apply those skills in a new environment.
Over the next few weeks, I will blog about the new start! Good luck to everyone!