Teacher Training – Things I wish I’d known!

Back in 2008 when I started my journey into being a post compulsory teacher (or FE teacher whichever you prefer), I was told it would be a lot of hard work balancing writing assignments, lesson planning, creating resources, researching and teaching! Yes they were not lying and I certainly was not under the delusion it would be an ‘easy ride’, but they forgot to mention the other stuff – the online learning, using a Promethean board (grr), the impact it has on your personal life and your sanity!

If ever anyone writes a book on ‘what to consider now your partner is in education’ they would make a killing (I did actually search for one)! I love teaching but it’s so damn hard when you have young children, an unsympathetic husband and a house that won’t clean itself (yes please play the violins for me).

Anyway, here are some of the things they didn’t tell me that I wish they had (although to be fair the teacher training manual probably didn’t include this)!

  1. You can’t do any study till your kids go to bed and when they do your too knackered to do it!
  2. Your dress size will either diminish as you forget to eat, or the opposite you gorge yourself on anything for comfort (I diminished)!
  3. You increase your wine intake (constant companion when writing assignments).
  4. The books you are told to read can reduce you to tears of despair! You at times wonder what the hell are they talking about, and seek out a dictionary/thesaurus. 
  5. The college Elearn facility is a minefield of information that will make no sense at first (and to some never will)!
  6. Using the online library for Ebooks is soul destroying for people who like a book physically in their hand (I’m one of them!).
  7. Your partner (husband in my case) will expect you to do everything you did before you started teaching and they will do the same too!
  8. Suddenly you realise your not just a wife and mother (obviously this information only applys to specific  people!) and you have another identity – you! This in my case did not bode well with my husband (still doesn’t, but hey ho).
  9. You will spend a lot of time crying and staring at the wall for inspiration! 
  10. You end up with high blood pressure!

Remember this is all from my perspective, and one size does not fit all! 

Despite all the trials and tribulations I am still happily teaching in college and have mastered their Elearn facility and got over using Ebooks!


The Joys of Blogging

I actually am not entirely new to blogging, I did start one in 2009. However that was via another Blog site and me generally moaning about day to day life. Still it helped get ‘things off my chest’ and also made me reflect on whatever it was at the time was concerning me.

The title ‘The Joys of Blogging’ is quite sincere, I have learnt a lot through reading other educators blogs (some of my favourite bloggers are also people I have the pleasure of knowing via Twitter). I used to think blogging was for people who were either intellectual or just liked ‘sounding off’, I am happy to say that I soon realised this was not the case!

What inspired me to start blogging was when I joined the world of Twitter in August of this year (2012). Primarly I started tweeting because I had spent the last four years studying (along with teaching during the day) and wanted something to do to keep my mind active! Well it certainly did that! I found by following people that were in education that I had an endless flow of resources to look at and share. In addition to this I also started to keep up to date with news that was both related to education and the subject areas I taught in. Then I started reading peoples blogs and thought why not?

I said I wouldn’t make any New Year resolutions but on reflection – what the hell! It will give me something to laugh at next New Years Eve.

  1. Keep upto date with my marking (even if it means skipping sleep).
  2. Clean my desk once a week (my colleagues will be pleased).
  3. Blog at least once a month! 
  4. Remember to write on my SOW after every session (HOS will be pleased!).
  5. Take my children swimming every Saturday (even if I am full of a cold etc…).
  6. Start jogging round the park (my body might not be pleased with this at first).
Actually bored of this now, so I will leave it at that!

The thing is or should I say the point is, I realise it doesn’t matter whether you are able to write a brilliant thought provoking blog or not. What matters is the fact that you care enough to think and reflect on circumstances, situations, issues and any other stuff! So I will carry on regardless (I feel a song coming on)!