As of right now, I am a horrible blogger. And I probably will be for some time to come.
This week I started my first ever real job: teaching. I currently teach Yrs 7-13 (that’s ages 11 to 18) at a private boarding school, as well as going to university one day a week to do training, because I’m actually unqualified. I had my first day on Tuesday, and immediately started teaching. I arrived at school at 7.55am, and had my first lesson at 9am.
So far it is going really well – I love the school, I love the pupils, it feels really welcoming. But it is hard work. Seriously. Every morning I’m up at 6.45am, and I’m at school until 5pm (5.30pm on a Friday), teaching around 3 or 4 hours a day, having meetings with my mentor and head of department, being on duty in the house and working in the staff quiet room planning lessons. I’m also a tutor for Yrs 7 and 8 (ages 11-13), so I have tutor 3 days a week with them from 4.30-5pm. Every lesson, I have to plan what I’ll do, prepare slideshows, translations, resources, print worksheets and handouts, and make sure I know every detail for just in case they ask a question I’m not sure about. After every lesson I have to fill in evaluation forms, mark books, complete marksheets, and start planning for the next one.
Once every two weeks I have evening duty in the house which means I have to be there until 10.30pm. I can either drive the 30 minutes home, or I can stay over the night at school. Not sure what I’ll be doing yet, but it’s likely I’ll stay at least the first time.
And on top of all this, I already have an essay due for my training course tomorrow, and I have a lot of reading to for it, plus I have to complete a file of ‘standards’ that I need to have met. Oh and I have to observe lessons, and have my lessons observed.
So I have a lot to do, it’s crazy, and there is so much information to take in, but so far I love it there. The younger ones are so sweet and enthusiastic. I was trying to teach them about Vesuvius and Pompeii and they just got so excited about volcanoes that it nearly turned into a geography lesson!
So really, that hasn’t left me a moment to even think about blogging! I’d love to be showing you the outfits I’ve been wearing, but I haven’t even had a chance to read any of your blogs (sorry!) or even check on my stats! I’ve only typed ‘blogger.com’ into the bar twice since I’ve been home!!
But I promise I will be back because I have all these outfits to share with you still! The workload will get less as I go on (I think!), and it’s already getting a little easier. Of course, I was pretty nervous when I started, and a couple of classes still have me nervous before I start, but that’s probably natural when you’ve never taught before. It took me a while to realise that I’d forgotten that I dislike public speaking too – seemed to have completely forgotten that when I applied, but apparently that has disappeared now that I’ve stood up in front of classrooms full of children and young adults and taught more than 10 lessons already.
So really, I’m sure some of you think you wouldn’t be able to do this. Well, I haven’t had a moment to stop and think that, but if I had had a moment, I think I would have been thinking: ‘No way, I cannot do that.’ But look, I can!
It’s crazy and so different, but I’m getting into it and loving it. I’m even going to be helping out and going along to choir, which I was really involved in when I was at school, so I’m really looking forward to that.
But I’ll try and be back soon. Sometimes it might just be updates like this, maybe sometimes you’ll get some outfits, if we’re lucky! I’ll try my best and see what I can do for you, but just remember that I might not be around so much for a little while.
And I’ve added a few pics here, a couple of our house – the bedroom and my ‘office’ where I’m doing all my work on an evening (I’ve been working until gone 10pm every night), plus one meal we had (stuffed peppers), and a photo Ben took of me earlier while I was working, just in case you forgot what my face looked like!