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Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by miss_mel, Mar 31, 2012.
Any NQTs out there who actually enjoy their job?
Me!!!!! I absolutely love my job! There hasn't been one morning yet where I've got up and not wanted to go to work!
Yes this year has been difficult, times where I've broken down and cried but there has been so many lovely moments that the negatives get forgotten about!
I love teaching, I love my school, I love my department and I love the kids!
I've been off work with depression and panic disorder for a month and since the Christmas holidays I remember actually enjoying my job for a total of 3 weeks, the rest of the time I've hated going to work in the mornings.
I'm currently looking to move schools.
No surprises there then.
I only wish I did, I loved all my PGCE placements, but realise now that was down to the school itself and the people I worked with, it's a very different story where I am now, unsupportive people and failing, challenging school, and I hate every single day, just desperately trying to get through it and move on to something better ........
loved it, great kids, shame about the useless incompetents AKA the SLT
I love my job- great class, lovely colleagues BUT this might be that I haven't started on my NQT year yet - I am doing long term supply.
How long is long term?
Ha! This made me laugh.
I loved term 1 and the first half of term 2. Can't say I've enjoyed the second half of the Spring term much at all, there have been good days, but the bad days have been so hideous that they've almost made me forget the good moments.
I'm so thankful for Easter. I'm dreading going back and feel nervous and panicked when I think about it, but at the moment my main focus is too get a life and see my friends more.
My department are unsociable, drowning in work and seem very unhappy.
From experience, the only NQTs I have met who don't enjoy the real thing are those who thought they had to cut and stick, make things and prepare wizzy lessons each and every time. Many go on to realise this is no longer sustainable or working when their lesson count went from 6 a week to 21/22.
The rest I have worked with have enjoyed it.
If people don't like it, change it.
What is it about teacher training in the UK that sees such value in the 'Blue Peter' approach to educational resources? Why are teacher- made resources, which haven't been edited to eliminate errors, and which take so much thinking and making time, regarded as superior to the polished and edited resources made by educational specialists?
We have reached a stage where we judge teachers on their authorship of resources rather than on their key role explaining information and guiding pupils through the acquisition of necessary skills.
Teachers who burn the midnight oil re-inventing the wheel end up too exhausted to perform properly in the classroom.
I do not think this way but nevertheless am not enjoying my NQT year.
I love my job! I'm an NQT and started in September. I teach a challenging special needs class and have had to write a whole new curriculum, plan new assessment methods and devise training for my TA's as well as taking on a part time MEd in SEN. I get to work as the caretaker opens up and leave as he kicks me out, but I very rarely work in the evenings or weekends. I have chronic health problems and manage my time to keep myself as well as possible. However, my planning, assessment and resources are always up to date because I plan effectively to meet my own needs. There are, of course, the odd times where I have worked over a weekend, but those are rare. I only have my own experience to go from, but it makes me sad to read so many stressed and struggling NQT's on here. All the best of luck to you all.
Well that's it, me and being a teacher are not meant to be so I'm leaving(for now at least). I'm going to get a job without the pressure and stress, one where I can have my evenings and weekends back and my mental health can improve so I can recover from my depression and be happy.
And the funny thing is, after 3 years of training and wishing to be a teacher since I was eight, I don't miss it since I've been off. Apart from the children, nothing about the job makes we want to go back.
Best of luck to those who are stuggling and are keeping going and fortunate are those of you who are loving it.
It's a great job, not just for everyone!
This is exactly why I am not enjoying my NQT year. I am made to re-invent the wheel, with more experienced teachers saying to me, that's what happened to me in my NQT year.
My question is - does that make it right?
I have done long term supply before I started my NQT year, plans were on systems accessible to all teachers. Resources were readily available.
However, I have to say this is not the case where I am and that is the reason I am working an 8 day week and counting down the day until I can hand in my resignation. It's not because I want to either.
I suggested that we access each others plans - to be told that in effect we would be creating our own scheme of work! Oh at least I tried!
I'd be sticking as much as possible to tried and tested textbook information and exercises.
I don't usually advocate spending your own money on resources (see the thread on cleaning whiteboards) but I'd suggest buying published resources not used in your school and adapting them or copying sections wholeasale, typing it up rather than photocopying.
Making your own resources is the order of the day when training as it concentrates the mind on the learning objective being explored but it's just not necessary once you are fully aware of what different types of published resources can achieve. I'm sure that many of your colleagues are remembering their training demands, not their NQT year workload.
The Induction regulations actually say that you cannot be required to plan in any more detail, or to a different regime, than non NQT teachers at your school.
I don't think I am planning any differently to other teachers in my school. I just don't have a bank of plans or resources like they do.
I am beginning to think that maybe they wont share their plans and put them on the system because they are not confident in them.
That's the only reason that makes sense to me!
Thanks for your words of advice, I have done what you said already because I wouldn't have been able to cope otherwise.
I have never had the good fortune to work in a department with shared resources. In English, I'm not even sure that they exist. I believed once that it was because English was seen as a subject that you could put your own creative stamp on, but having seen the eagerness with which colleagues use my resources (I put them on the system for everyone to use if they wish, because that seems the sensible thing to do) whilst, of course, never contributing their own, I've had to rethink.
I had a selfish half-term where I didn't share my resources, only to find colleagues constantly coming into my room when I was planning, looking at what was on my computer and saying, "Oh, that looks good. Can you email it to me when you've finished?"
Result: 60 hour weeks for me, the life of Riley for them.
The worst case was my HoD at the start of my NQT year. I was struggling with getting my Y10s (top set) to grasp essay structure, and asked my HoD for advice. She said that she used thinking hats - great method - solved all the problems.
"So how does it work then?" I asked.
"Ah," she said, tapping her nose. "That's my secret."
I was so stunned I couldn't even think of a response. I never did find out how it worked.