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First Week Back

06/10/16

Now we're into the new school year, Halli's shared with us her first day back into the classroom and the things that went well and the challenges she's faced.

I had dreams that I forgot all I knew about my teaching experience. In my dream, I blanked out when I went into my first classroom. Luckily that was not the case. My first class teaching was on a Friday. The second Friday back. It was weird to have a couple weeks off when everyone else was back to school but I also enjoyed it.

I had a year 5 class which was such a nice transition for me. Small classrooms, 700 kids with 3 classes in each year group (the school I taught at last year was only 2 classes per year group and we were tight for space in the hall). This was a very tiny room but the head teacher was awesome! She announced accomplishments the staff completed this past summer, led in with some great OFSTED quotes and announced that their garden in the school had been in the newspaper. Talking about setting a growth mindset and showed the clip of kid president to the school. My jaw was dropped on the floor. Amazing!!!

The classroom was filled with all the same posters that I had taught my class last year just different uniforms and a different teacher. I found myself cleaning and organising his desk. It was really nice to just focus on the marking for the day and be in the moment with the kids. Computer wasn’t working so all the hard work the teacher did to prepare the day couldn’t work but luckily, he had a print out of all the slides so I just wrote all the math questions down. A great group of kids.
The first day of me working supply again was the morning after a terrible thunderstorm. I was woken multiple times in the middle of the night by the loud sounds of the storm. The rain caused manic on the train lines. Delays, cancellations and my first day back at work. I was out of minutes on my phone so I had to ask two strangers to borrow their phones to make a call to Protocol to let them know my whereabouts. Nothing you can do but wait. Taxied from the station in Slough to the school and thank goodness the rain was gone because I walked back to the station instead of waiting for a bus to then sit in traffic. Hurry up and wait as I like to say.

All in all, it was a great day back at school. Lots of female teachers who were younger and a large school. The area of Slough is really similar to Reading I think. Hopefully I will have more luck with trains being on time or even better DRIVING! Got a job at a pub for the evenings as my head will be cleared from school work so I can learn how to make drinks behind a bar. Funny because what I am doing in England now is what Canadians are doing at home – supply teaching and bar-tending.


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