So it’s been almost 4 weeks since I started my teaching journey. Admittedly I haven’t actually spent that much time with the pupils in that time, and, for the past week and a half, I’ve been on paternity leave as my second child made an appearance into this world. Life just got a whole lot more interesting, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
In terms of what has occured since the end of the summer holidays, this is what I’ve experienced (days counted not including weekends):
- Day 1 – Non-Pupil Day/Inset Day. Covered child protection and safeguarding, licensing and copyright procedures, changes to the Maths expectations and changes to Phonics expectations.
- Day 3 – University Induction. Basically just got to know some people and the lecturers associated with the course.
- Day 4 – School Direct Induction. Meeting the School Direct Authority key personnel, covered more child protection and safeguarding (albeit on a wider scale, e.g. who deals with it after the school), and got to to know our cohort.
- Day 6 – Lecture Day. Jumped straight into it, 10 – 5 lectures and seminars with all trainees (PGCE, SD, etc…). Very intense day but very informative.
- Day 8 – PE Conference. Attended a PE conference with a key note speech on child psychology. My workshop was on Feedback and Assessment; very informative and something I would like to look into further.
At the end of the second week my amazing partner gave birth to the little miracle that is my son.
Teaching 0 – Life 1.
I’ll be back to it starting next week though. I am keen to get this going again as I have a lot of ground to cover in a bit less time. No rest for the wicked, eh?
An update on the gymnastics coaching front, I’m not missing it as much as I thought I would. I guess I’m ready for this new chapter in my life.