A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- A wonderful welcome back!

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 Year 2 (6-7 year olds). 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 I returned to work for 2 days! It might seem pointless to go back for 2 days, but I felt like it was a nice, gentle way back into school life after 3 weeks off. Yes, 3 weeks! Unfortunately, I was poorly for the last week of school which meant I couldn’t teach/go to work. I was in hospital for a few days and then needed to recover. I’ve still got to scans to wait for, but I don’t think it’s anything major. I hate not being with my class, so I was very frustrated at being poorly. Oh well, it’s not something I could help.

The children were extra clingy these past two days. I think they missed me! They worked really hard for me which was adorable! I wasn’t expecting them to be so ready for learning during the first two days back. There’s a lot to look forward to for this term. I’m super excited that it’s not as long as the previous two half terms. I’m hoping the weather improves too, so I can get outside with my class. I love some outdoor learning!

I’m aiming to work really hard on being good to myself this half term. I’m making myself drink more water, making myself leave early at least 3 times a week and ensuring I don’t spend too much time outside of school working on school things. Teaching is a consuming job. It takes over your life and I’m working hard to find the balance for some ‘me’ time. Having only worked for one hour this weekend, I’m pleased with myself.

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A Week In The Life Of A Primary School Teacher- It’s not just the weekdays…

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 Lower Key Stage 2. 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 feel like this year I’ve got a much better work-life balance than I did in my first year of teaching. I don’t tend to work in the evenings and I don’t take books home to mark in the evenings. I tend to stay at school longer or get in earlier so I’m not taking 62 books home a night to mark. YAY me! This means that I actually don’t have to do anything on an evening and my evenings are mine to do as I please. This is MUCH better than last year where I worked constantly…

However, on some weekends I have to take Big Writes home to mark over the weekend. Big Writes are pieces of writing that children do independently. On Friday, my class completed another Big Write so I was busy marking that for a proportion of my Saturday. I have learnt to balance out my Saturday so that it’s a mix of marking/planning but also reading and relaxing. It’s so important to find that balance and I feel I’m definitely getting better at it.

I think sometimes people that don’t work in education don’t realise how much more goes into the job than you might think. I’m in school by 7:15am and don’t tend to leave until 5:30pm (with some work at the weekend) It’s not a 9-5 job. Those holidays we have? Well, usually they consist of marking, assessment, planning etc. I spent over half of my summer holidays (6 weeks) in school getting it ready for my current class.

So, I beg you, if you know a teacher or you’re about to moan about how much time teachers have off, think again. It’s not an easy job but it sure is a worthwhile one.