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NQT- Worried about fitting in

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by Ellzish, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Helloooo
    Im an NQT, just started at a fab school in Essex as a Teacher of Technology.
    Now, I am worried about making new friends and how to approach people in my school. Everyone seems really friendly, I just don't know how to make friends and fit in with other staff members not in my department- cos I am worried about staying in my department and not having any other interaction.
    I also don't wanna seem like im too much of a work a holic (which I feel im giving off- cos I had a rubbish training year so my determination and enthusiasm is sky high)
    Any suggestions would be fab :)
    Ellie
     
  2. Helloooo
    Im an NQT, just started at a fab school in Essex as a Teacher of Technology.
    Now, I am worried about making new friends and how to approach people in my school. Everyone seems really friendly, I just don't know how to make friends and fit in with other staff members not in my department- cos I am worried about staying in my department and not having any other interaction.
    I also don't wanna seem like im too much of a work a holic (which I feel im giving off- cos I had a rubbish training year so my determination and enthusiasm is sky high)
    Any suggestions would be fab :)
    Ellie
     
  3. Biscuits, sweets & cakes!!!


    No seriously, having worked in schools beofre training (NQT too) I know that teachers who actually make it into the staff room tend to be OK.
    I am going to try to enter the staff room at least 2 times a week to socialise.

    Good luck x

     
  4. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    If you get involved with extra-curricular, you can make friends in, say, PE or Music.



    You'll probably be dealing with the form tutors in each of your class groups: that's one thing you've both got to talk about! Seriously, even if you sit next to them at lunch and initially just chat about their kids, obviously the conversation will move on and you can make friends.
     
  5. Working hard and being determined is great, just avoid being a 'keen bean' who knows everything about everything and you'll be fine.

    I found watching Strictly or X Factor (or other rubbish!) gave me something non school to chat about when I moved schools. The "did you see xxx last night" will normally get things going!
     
  6. Your tutor team and the NQT group are probably the 1st place you can start to make friends outside of your dept. Otherwise as people have said try and make it into the staffroom occasionally and see if there are a group of teachers who eat in the dining room as well as you can just sidle up to their table and ask if they mind you joining them. You'll be fine, I'm science who are notoriously cliquey and for my first year I didn't get out much but I nnow have lots of friends all over the school.
     

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