Monday, 3 November 2008

Back to school

Today was a training day.

I'd feel more positive about myself if I had been teaching.

It was a day of being told to jump through hoops - to prove we are doing things most of us are already doing, and to name them all using the official terminology. To subscribe to certain beliefs about the best way of doing things.
It was a day of warnings - the dreaded "O" word (except that i no longer dread it quite so much, because if they don't like the job I am doing, when I am doing the best I can, then it is time for me to leave.)
It was a day of technical problems and failures. Of not being able to do things we should be able to do.
It was a day of feeling disheartened - and trying to remind myself of what really matters, trying to rekindle the enthusiasm.

I'm glad the pupils will be in tomorrow - even if it does mean that I am losing my non-contact lesson to cover.

5 comments:

marcella said...

You are in the right and you know it - what matters in a school are the pupils and their learning - good luck to all of you tomorrow as you meet again.

Mandy said...

Hi C

Hope things are better for you, now the pupils are back.

As an ex trainer, I believe in training but never for the sake of it, which, I often fear, is the case in public sector education. Worked in a college..know the score :>)

Take care x

Jessica said...

yahohey! you hang in there.
Hope that you would feel better
Thoughts with me

Jessica said...

yahohey! you hang in there.
Hope that you would feel better
Thoughts with me

Disillusioned said...

Thanks all.
Yes, the pupils matter and teaching reminds me of that. Mandy I too am in favour of training - when it helps, when it trains in something useful!