I love being a teacher. After 14 years in the classroom I just can’t imagine doing anything else. I love sharing the love for my subject and having the opportunity to keep studying it myself. I love the fact that every day is different to the last and always has new challenges. I love having the ability to make a difference.
But there are frustrations with the job. These usually come from those things that add to our workload without having an impact on pupil progress. Nonsensical marking policies, assessment designs that expect us to predict outcomes like Mystic Meg, meetings for the sake of meetings, lessons designed to show progress rather than achieve it; I think all teachers could produce such a list and that these lists would be both long and all eerily similar.
This is why I often call on teachers to teach like nobody’s watching, or…
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