Nurture 2014/15


It is that time of year where lots of tired teachers are all ready for a break (I know I most certainly am!). We can all finally wake up in the morning without the shrill sound of the alarm clock. Some of us (including myself) will start to reflect on this year as it nears the end and what we hope the new year will bring. As I sat sipping my tea this morning enjoying the fact I did not have to rally the children to get to school on time, make pack lunches and dash to college to teach, I leisurely caught up on blog posts. One of the first I read was @ChocoTzar ‘s  #nurture14/15 campaign. I joined in with this last year for #nurture13/14 and therefore I wanted to make a contribution again. So here are my five positives from this year and my five wishes for next year. 2014 – Five Positives

  1. I am still enjoying teaching despite the ever increasing workload and demands. Although I have to say there have been moments where I have considered a change of career.
  2. In September I had the privilege of contributing to #ukfechat ‘s guide book (see here for the link to download).
  3. November came and with it the launch of a charity diary that was inspired by a blog from @ChocoTzars and got @cazzwebbo rallying teachers to join in. I was one of the many teachers who posed for the camera to go into a diary. This was to help raise money for the Family Holiday Association (see here). It’s not often I don a pair of fairy wings
  4. fairy meThis year I ventured to a few education conferences and events. The main two were Northern Rocks and Research ED, both of which have had a huge impact on my teaching. All have been fabulous experiences and I have been bitten by the ‘edu conference’ bug. In addition to this I have attended some less formal teaching events in pubs! I have met some really great teachers and strongly advise you to try it for yourself.
  5. On the 20th December my little sister got married, it was a wonderful day and a clear reminder to not let teaching consume me. Family and friends are what keep you sane.

2015 – Five Wishes

  1. Earlier in December I wrote a post on what I would do for my #teacher5aday. This was another twitter campaign focussing on teacher wellbeing started by @MartynReah I will endeavour to keep to it as best I can. We all need ‘me’ time.
  2. I am taking a lead role in my department to help create online resources to meet FELTAG requirements in FE (see here and here for more information). My hope is that we develop meaningful resources that will support learning as opposed to ticking boxes to get funding.
  3. On twitter I am actively involved in #ukfechat (see here for more information) and look forward to continuing with this. We have had several meet ups, all organised by the marvellous @MrsSarahSimons. 2015 is going to see us making some real progress in the world of FE. Watch this space!
  4. My daughter will start secondary school in September. I hope she gets into the school both she and I want, and that it is as smooth a transition as possible. It is such a huge step for any eleven year old.
  5. Finally I wish to continue to engage with twitter, blogging and educational events. I have already booked to go to Research Leads, Cambridge and Northern Rocks 2015.

Thank you for reading and I hope you can find the time to do your own #nurture14/15. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and fantastic New Year!