As you may know by now, I’ve recently announced that I am moving to teach in Dubai in the UAE this August. I had planned to begin my teaching journey in the UAE in September of last year, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, things didn’t go to plan!
I have been teaching 1st class for the past three years and enjoy working on the In-school Management Team also. Last year I had the opportunity to develop a Yearly planner for Special Education Teachers and have loved that experience. 2021/22 is on the way, watch this space!
At the start of this third lockdown, I felt like I would never be able to get into a routine again like I was last year in March. The weather helped with moods and the ability to be outside at any time of the day! This time it’s been tough to figure things out!
It is important that in setting your timetable that you write it out every morning and timetable in everything, be that your breaks, a walk, reading time.
A timetable of your week’s activities is a good idea too, for both you and the pupils. On a Monday, I give an overview of the lessons we will be doing every day or activities with resources needed beside each one. If there is a specific requirement, especially for art, even if it is just to have toilet rolls collected, giving notice for this is a good idea. This also helps pupils get their own week timetabled and planned out and parents can work around this too.
Your NQT year will be a bit of a journey, just like your training was – but by now you know that the highs will always balance out the lows. Teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world!
In today’s busy classrooms, teachers are often racked with guilt. This guilt is a combination of trying to cover an expansive curriculum, keep on top of corrections, give effective feedback and plan interesting and stimulating lessons.
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