A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Finally time for a 2 week break!

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!

I MADE IT! This half term has felt like it has been 6 months long when in fact it has been 6 weeks. Finally though, the Easter break is upon us. I have 2 weeks off. Hooray! I love the Easter holiday because I have no reports to do and it’s better than the Christmas break as the Christmas break is hectic with family time and celebrations. My aim for today is to completely finish my planning so I can genuinely have 2 weeks off with no work. Bliss! It may be tough going today, to get that done but think how productive I’ll feel at the end of the day! 🙂

This week was lovely and the children really behaved themselves. Work wasn’t of a great quality but they were exhausted and to be honest…so was I. The children earned their class treat for fabulous behaviour over the 6 weeks. They chose to bring in their electronics from home and share with a friend. 🙂 It was a fantastic chilled out last day before break. I can’t believe I only have one term left with this class! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed teaching them and I’m determined to enjoy the last 12 weeks after the break.

This feature will be back in a few weeks! It’s time to read, blog, see friends and SLEEP. Bring it on!

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- My Little Stars!

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! I’m so exhausted from so many late nights and long days at school. This week my little stars performed their school musical over two nights. I was so proud of them that I could burst. It’s taken a lot to get them performance ready but they totally rose to the occasion. There were so many moments in rehearsals when I wanted to tear my hair out, but I should have known that they wouldn’t let me down. A lot of my class had quite large speaking parts and it was wonderful to see them get their moment in the spotlight. ❤

We have 5 more school days until 2 weeks break. I’ve spent some time today trying to get some of my planning done, so I don’t have too much to do during my break. I really want to spend some time reading and relaxing. My last break was full of report writing and since I don’t have that this time, it’s time to catch up on all things that I miss during my working week. I’d love to get more posts scheduled on my blog. I want to get ahead of my reading so I don’t need to stress about reading whilst I’m busy! I also want to make sure I spend some time with my friends!

Next week is full on, with some more late nights, due to parent meetings. Hopefully they’ll go okay though. I’ll let you know next Sunday…

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Rehearsals Galore

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!

I don’t want to do another negative post about how I’m feeling right now. Things are getting better, but I have had quite a bad meltdown this week. Instead of talking about it on this post (rest assured, I have discussed it with my colleagues, my head and my sister <3) I’m going to focus on the good things that have happened at school this week!

This coming week we have our performance of our musical! It does mean 2 late nights at school but I’m really looking forward to showing the parents and carers our performance. The children have been working so hard and most of them have absolutely nailed their lines. There’s one particular child in my class that is excelling. She’s a brilliant actress and her comic timing is spot on. Perhaps she’s one to watch! I wish I had had the confidence she has at her age.

We’re creeping closer to a break and I couldn’t be more ready for it. My intention is to get all of my planning done during the weekend at the start of the holidays so I can have 2 weeks off without work stuff. I definitely need sleep, relaxation and lots of reading/blogging! Just 10 more working days to go! 🙂

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Self Care Was Needed!

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!

As you will know if you’re a regular reader of my blog, I’ve been struggling these past few weeks. I decided that I would take this week to really look after myself. After all, a stressed teacher is not a happy teacher. A happy, relaxed teacher = happier children! 🙂

Here are a few of my favourite things that I’ve done this week to look after myself.

  1. Hot bubble bath and my kindle!
  2. Left early (before 4:30pm) 4 days this week!
  3. Read in bed with my candle burning nearby.
  4. Bought my favourite chocolate to devour at work. Not in front of the children, obviously!
  5. Listened to music whilst I got resources ready for the day.
  6. Walked home from school 4 times this week. Walking really relaxes me and it’s super healthy. 🙂
  7. Tried out some delicious wind-down tea.
  8. Took all of Saturday off. Napped a lot, read a lot. It was fabulous.

I also attended a Maths conference this week which was really interesting and inspired me to improve my next unit of Maths planning! I’m going to do a bit of work today but for once in a long time…I’m not begrudging the fact that I have work to do. Bring it on!

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- The Only Way Is Up?

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!

Every Sunday, I’m blown away with how supportive my blog readers are. I had an awful week last week and you all rallied around me and that meant a lot. I’d love to tell you that this week was amazing and that everything is now a-ok, but that would be a lie and I pride myself on being honest during this weekly post. I think it’s important for prospective teachers to know that this profession is hard! It’s also important for me to be honest for those teachers that are in the same place. If that’s you, then you’re not alone.

Things are a little bit better though. Last week, I would have rated my week as a 1 out of 10. This week was about 4/5. Progress! I had a bit of an issue with a colleague but that’s all sorted now. I think the trouble is, we’re all under immense pressure at the moment. Everyone is a little bit more sensitive or tense and I think that can cause some friction. Understandably.

My mission this week is to be kinder to my class. That sounds like I’ve been an awful teacher. I don’t think I have as they’re still constantly seeking out my attention (in a positive way), drawing me pictures and we’re genuinely having a giggle together. However, I feel I’ve been snappier with them (probably due to my mental health at the moment) so I’m going to make it a conscious effort to be kinder. It’s not their fault that I’m feeling low and rubbish about the profession. I just need to find my joy again. 🙂

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s Not Okay Right Now.

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!

They always said that teaching was like a rollercoaster. Well, they couldn’t be more right. After a cracking start to the year, happy in my class and year group… I’ve come right back down. It all started with the Ofsted visit and from then I’ve plummeted. I’ve started to doubt everything that I do. I admit, I’m deeply unhappy at the moment in my job. I feel like I need to give more, but I don’t know how much more I can give. I work so hard on school stuff already I’m not sure I can give more.

I know that my teaching needs a bit of a push as I’ve been a bit laid back and that I’m doing. I’m just unsure if the way I’m teaching is ‘right’. I thought the holiday might have refreshed me, but if anything it’s put me in a bit of a funk.

I think I just have to ride out this feeling for the next few weeks/months. I need to keep going because I have 31 kids in my class that need me to be me. They need me to greet them with a smile and guide them in their learning. That’s what I need to do. ❤

A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- Time to reflect!

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!

This week was better. Many thanks to the lovely people on my last entry that reminded me to think about the good parts of the job. It does have plenty of positives and I had been having a cracking half term until the OFSTED visit. I need to remember that they’re not why I do my job. I do my job because I love working with children, helping to shape young minds and that no teaching day is ever exactly the same. It’s good to be reminded of that. I guess you have to experience the lows to recognise how great the highs are.

My week was quite unremarkable really. We came to the end of a topic and the children have enjoyed it! We’ve auditioned for our musical which is happening in about a month. A lot of rehearsals will be in my future!

I now have a week off (well, a week not working, we all know what teacher life is like!) and I’m thinking of taking time to reflect on how I move forward in the next term and a half. I know I need to put some more effort into my teaching as I’ve become very relaxed, but I’m going to think about how I can do this without burning myself out. Self care is very important, which is why this post is coming to you late. I’ve been out on a walk, I’ve napped and I’ve read. After a day of writing 15 reports yesterday, I felt like today needed to be a day of rest and that’s exactly what it’s been!

This weekly post will return on 3rd March!