The new term has begun and my class has been a delight. Worries I had about slipping back to past behaviours and attitudes were unfounded and the first two days were great.
Apparently however, my blog has been upsetting some of my colleagues in school. This is the last thing I want to do because they are all wonderful and hard-working teachers. I have been thinking hard about what to do; I do not want to write anything which is bland and feel it is important to maintain a sense of criticality. My comments reflect the system of education as it is at the moment not any individual or school but I appreciate that for those within the system it is difficult to separate the personal from the generic. I need to say though that the head teacher has had no problems – she understands and supports what I have been doing.
I have decided that I am going to keep writing my weekly reflections but I will not publish them each week on this blog. I will publish them at the end of the academic year when I am no longer working in the school and am considering what format that will take.
I am aware that many trainee teachers and NQTs are following this blog and some find it helpful and supportive. If anybody would like to receive my weekly reflections – please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send them to you as a Word attachment.
I close with just one observation. I have frequently said I am turning into a grumpy old woman – one little boy in my class the other day called me ‘Gran’ by mistake!! It is time for me to accept the bitter truth!