Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

I Don't Want to Survive as a Teacher, but to Live

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

I Don't Want to Survive as a Teacher, but to Live

Article excerpt

Many people talk about the induction year (and teaching in general) as something that you have to "survive". But that isn't living; I am not willing to simply survive.

Like many people, I have been through a lot in my life and survival is definitely a word I would use for some of those experiences. But now I want to thrive, both professionally and personally. I want the same for my students. Can children really flourish with a "surviving" teacher?

I know this is easier said than done. I commute for nearly two hours every day and work about 80 hours a week. I also lead a performing arts school on a Saturday (with help from a great team).

Forgive me if I sound like I'm blowing my own trumpet, but I don't want to be labelled as a naive, newly qualified teacher who is yet to understand the gruelling world of education. And I don't want my words to go unnoticed. Teaching is hard. It's exhausting. It's deflating. And it's not for the faint-hearted. I know all this.

But I am troubled by the talk of surviving. I don't want it to become the norm for me. …

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