A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Worst Week Of My Teaching Life: Inspectors and Stomach Bugs

Every Sunday (hopefully) I shall be posting a personal post about my life as a primary school teacher. I currently work at a primary school teaching 7-9 year olds. I have worked for two years with 6-7 years, 1 year with 7-9 and now I’m returning to my favourite age! My training posts on this subject were really successful and so therapeutic for me, therefore I’ve decided to continue posting on the topic. I will not be naming any children, or the school where I work. If personal posts aren’t your thing then feel free to skip these posts. I won’t mind! Bookish goodness returns as normal Monday-Saturday!

What. A. Week. Oh my goodness. I don’t know what to really say this week. I can’t say much until our OFSTED report is out. If our grading comes out before the report is published then they can reinspect. Trust me. I don’t want that pressure again so soon. This was my first OFSTED of my teaching career. Just know it has been incredibly draining. As you may know, I have terrible anxiety that is managed by medication. Not even my medication could help my mental health this week- bleurgh.

Then, to top it all off, this post is coming to you late because I’ve had a stomach bug all day. I’m feeling super fragile, but I’m not being sick…or the other… for now. I wanted to get a post up because it’s super cathartic for me. Lying in bed all day has certainly made me reflect. For some reason I’ve become super relaxed this year in my teaching. I think it’s down to finally being comfortable in the team that I work closely with. I personally think I’ve let my teaching slide a little. I know that people who know me, would disagree and think it’s just my anxiety talking. However, I know in my heart of hearts that my class haven’t made the progress they usually do. I have a term and a half to turn that around so I feel like I need to go in tomorrow (if I’m not sick again!) and get my act together.

After this week, it’ll be a week off (even though I have to write reports) but it’ll be a good opportunity to reflect once more and think about the way forward.

Sorry for the negative post. I just needed to vent.

14 thoughts on “A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Worst Week Of My Teaching Life: Inspectors and Stomach Bugs

  1. Sorry to hear that ye had a bad week. I know that ye have written more positive reactions to yer teaching in recent memory and that from an outside source with no stake in yer teaching it has felt like ye were empowered earlier by the class’s accomplishments. Do ye ever go back and read those posts? Maybe it would help with some perspective? Just wanted to send ye a hug (or thumbs up if hugs are not yer thing). Arrr!
    x The Captain

  2. Sorry to hear this wasn’t a great week for you Chrissi, I can only imagine how stressful the OFSTED report is – I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  3. Oh no!! Hope you are feeling better both physically and emotionally!! Even though teaching has its ups and downs, I’m confident that your trend is up overall. 🙂

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