Term 3 Bring it on!

So, I’ve done two terms in my new role of Lead Teacher for Teaching and Learning KS1 and EYFS, so how’s it been and what have I learnt?

  1.  The place between the rock and the hard place is interesting!
  2. Being a Senior Teacher is SCARY! People ask you difficult questions, to which you are supposedly have to know the answers.
  3. Having a shared office with other Senior Teachers leads to a doctors waiting room atmosphere.
  4. People cry, have tissues ready at all times. Empathy is a skill being learnt rapidly.
  5. Write things done, make lists and tick things off….
  6. Enjoy your time with the children, they are full of awe and wonder and they believe what you say so use your words wisely.
  7. Find someone you can talk to, when you are struggling, being SLT can be a lonely place.
  8. Make time for all your team, listen, praise where praise is due, if something needs saying say it and move on, honesty is usually the best policy!
  9. Never ask anyone to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.
  10. Admit when your wrong or when something has gone “tits up”, you’ll feel better for it…

So as I contemplate going back for my 3rd Term I think what a steep learning curve I’ve been on, everyday I experience something different. Spring Term 2014 I’m sure will bring the Mr O knocking but hey life will carry on and our children will still continue to improve their life chances. Some of these wonderful children have seen many atrocities, that we would be appalled at so who are we to deny them a better future. So if I have to have a difficult conversation with a teacher who is not up to scratch then so be it. Our children deserve the best……. 

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One thought on “Term 3 Bring it on!

  1. Great that you’re reflecting and learning, Debs! Hope the Christmas holiday has given you lots of thinking time too, and time to relax and refresh so that you go back to school in January feeling energised.

    It is tough at times, as you say, but if you keep clear goals in mind that will give you the strength to do what you feel has to be done. Know when you can tackle something yourself and when you’re feeling out of your depth and need to ‘send up a flare’ to those who should be supporting you. And before any difficult conversation think about the outcome you want and then how best to secure that (sometimes a circuitous route will get you further than the direct approach!)

    Hope 2014 is an excellent, positive and happy year for you.

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