A new job always means new skills, new ways of doing things, new ways of thinking even. My new job means all of those things to a degree that I half expected, but couldn't understand the reality of until I began.
My return to teaching after nearly nine years of maternity leave and study was always going to be a challenge. I was happy during that time not to be in the classroom, because I had become the teacher that I had always said should no longer be there. The one who wasn't passionate and interested in their students or material any more. I was a student again, of motherhood, Italian, and Renaissance History. And I loved it.
This year I am no longer a student. That is, not formally. I am a teacher again, but as much as I will be imparting knowledge and skills to teenagers, I will also be learning to be a teacher all over again.
Things that I will be learning:
- A new curriculum. They snuck that in there while I was away and suddenly the 'new curriculum' that was current all those years ago has disappeared and this new document exists. I must read it.
- A new way of teaching. Co-teaching. With teachers from different subjects to my own. Actually this bit is really exciting and the planning that I have been doing with my co-teachers is lending me that inspiration that was lacking for so long.
- A new system. Well, lots of them really. Everything is device-based and I need to get my head around both the way of doing things and the tools of the online environment to enable me to do them.
- A new pedagogy. Haha, pedagogy at all. I am not a terribly theoretical person, and have been lucky enough to have the skills to get in there and just teach without worrying about the reasons why. But now I am surrounded by a new type of teaching and learning, as well as some incredible colleagues who are both inspirational and knowledgeable, and I feel I should actually know a bit more about why I do things how I do them.
- A new set of acronyms. And jargon. I thought the military husband pulled them out just to make me feel ignorant, but now I have more than him. I just need to know what they actually mean.
- And, to blog. This is my first ever, and so far it seems to be working for me...
What lessons will life be teaching you in the next while?
Any comments or questions?