So I’ve been dipping my toes into #edutwitter over the summer. I’ve been mentally preparing for my new job as a tutor, rather than physically preparing. I guess I’ve been a little lazy. But the two month break has done my mental health so much good. I’ve really got to know myself again, and enjoyed just being with myself. But now, I’m finding myself feeling anxious and nervous about going back as a qualified teacher. I’ve been reading the tweets of so many fantastic teachers and one of the ideas I’ve come across in the last week is to make a few teaching resolutions.
It was pointed out that teachers have two new years. They have two opportunities to make resolutions. Personally, I think that new year has too much importance placed on it. New year makes me anxious and especially I think that there are multiple opportunities for reflection, change and goal setting throughout the year. As many opportunities as you need!
But the start of my career as a teacher seemed as good of a time to set a few goals and make some resolutions as any. I’m hoping this will help me feel less nervous, too!
- Remember to look after myself. I’ve got really good at making sure I eat, taking time for myself, and I don’t want to lose that. This is the most important goal to me. A part of this is taking breaks from work, and remembering to read for fun.
- Ask questions if I am unsure. I am doing myself a disservice if I do not ask for help or ask questions when I am struggling. I am an NQT and, most importantly, I am a person. I am allowed to make mistakes and be confused.
- Try not to take criticism to heart. It is all a learning curve and I have chosen a career in which I will never be perfect. It is all a process of learning.
- Continue to reflect on the journey.
I know it’s only a few but I don’t want to be inundated with goals and objectives for myself. I think the best way to handle this is to acknowledge that I wouldn’t be in the position I am now if I didn’t deserve to be. I know how to do this job. And no matter how scary it sounds now, I can do this. But it is okay to be scared.
For now, time for sleep. For all the new teachers, go be awesome! Happy new career! And for all the returning teachers; carry on being awesome role models to us newbies! Whoever you are, in whatever stage of life you’re in, you are good enough. You are doing great.