I really enjoyed writing my last blog post about Friends and teaching, so I decided it was time for another. Enjoy…
- That one member of staff who keeps taking your stuff.
They do it on the daily. They take your prized resources, sometimes without asking. Where’s all my newly ordered tissue paper gone? Oh yeah, them. My valuable red paint collection? Yep, them again. Glue sticks? May as well kiss them goodbye forever. It’s OK though, because you do it back. And you love them. They get away with it.
2. When a child finally gets that tricky concept you’ve been working on forever.
Whether it be long multiplication, short division, apostrophes for possession or using commas to mark clauses (writing out the statements makes them sound even more ridiculous), when a child finally understands something, it’s like the seas have parted, the mist has cleared and you’ve actually imparted some knowledge. You are offically the Best. Teacher. Ever.
3. When you get that new room feeling.
The new class lists are out. You realise you’re moving year groups. This must mean…a new room?! And you’ve got the spacious, bright one with the good view? Compared to your hole this year, you are living the dream. I’m a teacher and welcome to my crib…
4. Waiting for children to stop talking.
You’ve done your countdown. You’ve clapped. You’ve rung a bell. Yet, there will always be someone who thinks it’s still OK to carry on. We shouldn’t be sarcastic but…
5. Finding activities which not only engage but actually WORK.
It’s the best feeling, stumbling across something which not only helps you teach (and helps them learn) but which your children LOVE.
6. The Sports Day competition.
It’s the Sports Day time of year again and so time again for teachers everywhere to pretend they don’t care about the teacher race. Statements of “I’m going to purposely go slow because I don’t care,” and/or “I may just walk it to show it’s the taking part that counts,” will be echoed around every staff room. Bonus points if you hear a “I’ve hurt my back so I don’t think I’ll be doing it.” Then of course, you realise everyone is really competitive and actually wants to win.
7. When your children try to “up-level” their vocabulary.
Bless them, they love their thesauruses. And they are trying really hard to impress you. But for the love of God, “glamouring” still isn’t a word. And no you can’t use “plz” in your work – that’s not even a word!
8. When it all gets too much.
You’re TA-less again, you’re trying to teach 2-step word problems, you’re desperate for a wee, there’s thunder outside and everyone loses their minds, a pencil pot gets knocked off the table, a child starts crying because their fingers hurts and YOU JUST CAN’T HANDLE THE MADNESS (except of course, you do because you’re a teacher and you’re a superhuman.)
9. Getting territorial about the staff room fridge.
Labelling everything you have down to the last piece of tupperware.
It’s 3.30pm. You’re seven cups in. Extra strong. Your physically shaking. Head is aching. You can smell colours. But it’s OK because it’s going to get you through tonight’s stack of marking.
I hope you enjoyed! I love doing these. Until next time…
Miss Bartlett x