Is life really that bad as a teacher? by @SnakeyChalmers

Among all the rubbish, let's remember, teaching is a brilliant job!

I’ve been meaning to start a blog for ages. In fact I actually got round to writing one a while back and never got round to publishing. It’s probably because procrastination is a favourite hobby of mine. In my blogs I hope to share lots of the good practice (well I think it is good anyway) I use in class as well as sharing the things I have learnt from other people in Education. There is so much out there now. I do wonder why there aren’t more people using Social Networks to improve their practice. Maybe I’m new-fashioned.

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So just to totally contradict my first paragraph, my first blog will be about THE job. I do actually love being a teacher. It is a great job. I know this because I never got into teaching until I was 30 and I spent the preceding 14 years in jobs I hated. Going into work and counting down the hours till hometime is not how anybody should earn a living (I do pass this information onto my year 6 class on a regular basis!)

As I said at the start, social media is now a great tool for use in teaching. However, lately it seems that teachers are loving a moan all over Twitter and Blogs! You may say now that this blog is hypocritical (it probably is. I am moaning a bit) but let’s be honest, think about all the big Education issues over the past few years (pensions, curriculum, SATs RESITS!!) and then think of all the hours and energy that has been wasted complaining about them. Not to mention the strike days which further alienated us as teachers! Just think if more of that energy was put into enjoying the job and creating great learning opportunities for children! I know one thing for certain. Children in my class are only going to achieve those level 4s if I give 100% towards their learning.

And the reason I say all this? Teaching is a brilliant job! Let’s be honest, the holidays are great! The audience you have are normally very welcoming (if you keep them interested enough) and there are enough challenges to make everyday interesting! But also, teachers blogging about crappy ideas and decisions by the powers that be are pretty pointless. It is also preaching to be the converted because I would imagine that teachers already know that these ideas and decisions are crappy without being fed 500 words+ about why they are crappy. I saw a brilliant blog (I forget the author) but it was about the proposed SATs resits. It basically said, it’s a bad idea. And I think everyone agrees! Job done!

So that is it. First blog done. I really hope I do write another and that next time I’m not so bloody cantankerous and actually share something positive. Enjoy going back to school. It’s not that long until the next holidays 🙂

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