So, I’ve managed to reactivate my blog (obvs) in an effort to ‘rediscover’ myself and find what makes me tick and I cannot BE-LIEVE it has been going since 2012 and (moreso) that its now 2021. How did that even HAPPEN?! Since last time I wrote, so much has happened. I’m now a qualified teacher and seem to just be taking more and more on as the days (years) go by and I convince myself ever moreso that I’m singlehandedly changing the world – one student at a time.
Throughout my 7 year journey in teaching, I think it’s safe to say that I have absolutely found out more about myself and my own capabilities and *gulp* limitations than those of my students. Being statemented for SEND (dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia – go hard or go home, right?) at the ripe age of 31 was a light bulb moment for me and came at just the right time – though it didn’t feel like that at the time! I was halfway through my teacher training and I questioned my path at the time, convinced that teenagers (my chosen age group to teach) would annihilate me when they realised that I did things in different ways. Determined to prove them (and my incredibly unsupportive PGCE provider wrong) I perservered and smashed the course, landed a job in my placement school and have never looked back. I now openly talk to students about my own struggles and supportively insist on the very highest expectations from ALL of my students, no matter their starting points – it’s up to me to close the gaps.
That’s where things get complicated. I now find myself delving into the world of not only English Language and Literature across 3 keystages, but also acting as the SEN link for our busy department. Add to this Literacy in a large comprehensive school and responsibility for the library and I’m spread PRETTY thin (aren’t we all) I’ve also chosen to throw a breakfast club and reading buddies into the mix in ‘normal’ times just for good measure because, kids need to eat and kids need to read! Here is where this blog and my educational twitter account come into play and become useful. I’m looking to share, swap, magpie, beg, borrow, etc research, resources and collaboration between like minded teaching professionals. After a period of treading water, I’d like to really be able to reflect and evaluate what I’m doing and why and evolve to benefit my students more and more over time.
So, if you are of a similar mind; would like to share pretty (or not so pretty) notes on reading, learning, meta cognition, self reflection and improvement, then give me a follow or share some research links/resources or just pop in and say hello. I’m hoping to make writing a habitual thing again – I desperately miss it! So any tips on that are very welcome as well 😁 Thanks for reading. K x.