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Juggling balls and paddling swans

November 28th 2015

I often pinch myself when in school as I can't believe I am a teacher. It's a job I thought I could do but just didn't think it was possible at the age of 42 when the possibility of doing so arose.  I had always enjoyed working with children but had three of my own all at primary school and had no idea how I was going to find the time to train let alone be capable of doing the job (my brain had become very mushy). I hadn't worked for 11 years, I was a mum on my own, and I didn't have the support of nearby family.

Sat with a group of girlfriends one evening, over a glass of wine, I told them about an opportunity that had arisen to join a teacher training programme.  I was worried. How could I manage it, what about my children, how would I get them to school, what if they were sick, what about their homework etc etc? There were all sorts of questions and worries that I had and there seemed to be plenty of reasons not to pursue something that I knew I would really like to do. Thank goodness for some wonderful friends....they  refused to listen to my worries, promised they would help me out, organised a timetable for doing the school run and told me I would be an amazing teacher, that I could do it...and that I should go for it! So … I did!

It was a difficult  2 years - I won't pretend it was easy, but I was determined and knew teaching was the right career for me and the light was shining brightly at the end of a tunnel (the sides of which were filled with teaching standards, lesson plans and assignments). After one year as a trainee teacher, I was offered an NQT post at Weydon School. The rest, as they say, "is history"

I wouldn't change a thing. It has been worth it....I feel very privileged doing the job that I do, it's the second best job on the planet (after bringing up my children!). I am often asked how I coped and looking back I hope these are the things that made it possible for me:

1. Be organised, write up everything you do, print off it off and pop it in a file ( you'll need several)
2. Keep smiling and enjoy what you are doing
3. Be realistic about what you can achieve, you can't do it all at once
5. Be prepared for some bad days when you don't think you are doing anything right; you’re not doing it wrong, it's just that you are conscientious
6. If someone offers to help don't say no - say yes!
7. Those extra hours you put in now will be worth the investment in the long run
8. If you know what it's what you want to do have some self-belief
9. Ask for help if you get stuck, there are plenty of people who are very willing to help
10. If teaching is right for you (try not to feel guilty about the odd occasion that you may be late picking up your children) then a happy mum (dad) equals happy children!
11. You can't work 24 hours a day so get your work life balance right

I hope this helps and will give you some insight into how I coped.  I will always remember my mentor telling me that one day I would catch all those balls I was juggling with and if you want to know about the "swan" he compared me to, just come and ask, I am always happy to chat about my experiences.

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