My first few weeks as a Teacher
05 November 2018
It is the best, most rewarding job and you will see that just within the first few days of your NQT year.
Georgia Walsham graduated from Leeds Trinity with a degree in Primary Education: Later Years (Age 7-11) in 2018 and has recently started her first job as a Primary Teacher. In this blog, Georgia writes about her first few weeks as a teacher, how her degree prepared her for her teaching career and offers advice for other Newly Qualified Teachers.
My first few weeks as a teacher have been fantastic! I remember building the first day up in my head so much, thinking it was so daunting. As soon as I finished my first day and even my first week I wondered why I had worried so much. You really have the chance to come into your own, have your own style and put all your training into practice.
The placements I undertook at Leeds Trinity helped me prepare for the workload and organise my time accordingly so that I have been able to manage the first few weeks with confidence. Going into my first class, I knew I was going to have a special educational needs child to plan for and work with. The lectures at University for this topic really gave me an insight into how to approach this best and already that has helped them to blossom. This is due to my knowledge from Leeds Trinity and putting that into supporting this child.
Of course, there have been challenges during those first few weeks including grasping the new routine. Teaching is a hard job and you have got to put the hours in, so even when you're home from school, there's always something to do. My to-do list is never complete which is sometimes frustrating but I have to remind myself that no teacher's to-do list ever is complete! Finding a school and home-life balance has taken some work and getting used to but it's worth it because teaching is the most rewarding job.
Advice I would give to future NQTs would be to not work yourself up about beginning your NQT year. I have had the best time these first few weeks, especially having my own class! Getting to know all the children has been amazing. It's great when they have those lightbulb moments because of the teaching you have delivered! There is so much to look forward to and you will have the time of your life. Just remember, stay organised, plan ahead and never expect your to-do list to come to an end! You will never look back at your decision once you have your own class, it is the best, most rewarding job and you will see that just within the first few days of your NQT year.
We're so pleased to hear that Georgia's training at Leeds Trinity has been so rewarding and that she could utilise all her skills, expertise and confidence from day one as a teacher.
We'd love to hear from any other NQT's about your experience so far. If you'd like to share your story please email the Alumni office.