There is a finish line in sight,
We’ll stagger there, crying also
Laughing as we don’t know what to feel.
I think a rest is what is needed or
A short-ish stay in some facility
That can keep me safe and give me drugs
And get me ready for another round!
I made it!!! I made it to the end of my first half term as a qualified teacher! And what a roller coaster it has been.
I have had days when I have been buzzing and felt like I’ve made a real difference. Even if lessons went ‘badly’, I still felt like one kid might have got something positive from an hour in my room. And that is such a wonderful feeling.
However, there have also been days when I could barely see the road on my way home because I was crying so hard. And I’ve learnt that those ups and downs are normal and if I want to teach I need to accept that they will be a part of my life for my entire career.
I do have to remember that even if there are tough days, it can never be as bad as not caring. It was soul destroying to work on shop floor for 15 years, not feeling an ounce of passion for what I was doing. The only saving grace was that I could leave any stresses at the door at the end of my shift; now that is an impossibility.
For now, I am going to turn off my computer and rest for a couple of days – no planning and no marking at all. It is much needed as yesterday I needed to drive around a roundabout twice because I forgot where I was going and missed my exit.
3 thoughts on “overjoyed at making it”
Congratulations! The first term is often the hardest, and I know you’ve learned so much, Rachel. Well done and I wish you a good rest-of-the-year. Whether you know or not at this point, you really do make a difference.
Congratulations! Enjoy the break, and yes, these ups and downs are normal. Hang in there!
Yay! Hurrah! Huzza! You’re right about not caring: apathy is a soul-killer. You’ve earned a pleasant break.