Diary of a First Year Teacher - Episode 7

Dear Diary,

This month I’ve been reflecting. The year’s getting on and in between all the mayhem, I keep thinking about how far I’ve come. This year has probably been the hardest year of my life, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

I know it hasn’t been that long in the grand scheme of things but I have definitely evolved as both a teacher and a person so drastically in this time. Like anyone’s first year in a full-time job, it’s been challenging. I so want to make a positive impression and have had to learn the ropes and settle into a school routine.

To me, the most challenging aspect is seeing what some of these kids go through and not being able to immediately do anything about it. There have been days when I’ve felt really unwell but been propelled out of bed by thoughts like: ‘That student won’t cope’ or ‘I need to speak to that parent’ or ‘I need to work with so-and-so on their reading’, and on it goes.

On the tough days, I might go home and feel pretty awful but I always start the next day fresh, keeping in mind that these kids might come to school with a bag on their back but they sometimes have a lot more baggage than we can see.

That is what has altered my perspective the most – changed me as a person. I think that if every teacher is aware of this and genuinely gets to know what the kids’ interests are, be it a favourite dinosaur, football team or even favourite Fortnite dance move, every day can be rewarding.

So I’m off to sleep but here’s to what I hope is a long career of making a little difference, one day at a time.

Sam

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