Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Stop Complaining - I'm a New Teacher and I Love It

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Stop Complaining - I'm a New Teacher and I Love It

Article excerpt

"Staff quit teaching at highest rate in 10 years," I read in TES as I munch my Coco Pops on a Saturday morning. My Twitter feed tells me the same story every day. Teachers, apparently, all hate teaching. They are overwhelmed by workload stress, Ofsted stress, management stress, pressure from parents, pressure from exams...

At least that's the picture we give the world when we constantly bring up our problems.

I may be new to teaching, but my experience so far hasn't reflected the negativity I encountered when I approached my training.

Before I started my PGCE, whenever I told people what I was planning to do with my life, the announcement was met with raised eyebrows and mutterings of "Aren't you brave?" and "I hope you know what you're getting yourself into!"

No social life, working into the wee small hours, eating Super Noodles instead of real food and generally having every fun thing sucked out of your life: that's what I was told a PGCE was all about.

Thankfully, that hasn't been my experience at all. …

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