Development is the big umbrella which you stand under during not just your teacher training but your whole teaching career. Professional development is an ongoing part of your journey and you will always find ways to change and improve your practice to become a better teacher. There are a variety of extra courses and training opportunities to ensure that as practitioners, we are always the best we can be to give our children the best possible education.
Sometimes your lack of development as a teacher can feel like a dark cloud looming over you, well, that’s my experience anyway. During my teacher training, I have not been fully supported by my mentors in the way that I truly needed. I often felt stifled and unaware of what my targets were and what I needed to do to improve my teaching practice. As a result, my development was affected and I didn’t make the big strides that I expected to make by the end of my training year. Nevertheless, I have a stronger support system at my school in September that will ensure I reach my full potential.
Development is a long process. But sometimes development can happen almost overnight. I remember one specific time this happened to me on my second placement. I spent the first week feeling unsure of the class I was in and what I was teaching, then one day, almost instantly I started to flourish. It all comes down to one thing… confidence. Unfortunately, I was in short supply of this for a long time due to a few circumstances that made my teacher training journey an unhappy and unsupported one.
Development as a trainee can be a bumpy road and how you develop and improve as a teacher will depend entirely on your personal teacher training journey. I was unfortunate enough to have some negative experiences during my training that damaged my confidence, made me question my ability to teach and even made me question whether or not it was the right job for me.
Fortunately, I’m a strong bad-ass woman who takes no shit from anyone and eventually after a few moments of tears and tantrums, I rose from the ashes stronger than ever, believing that I could do it… I could teach. My teacher training course has taught me to fight for what I really want. It has taught me that I can do it on my own if needs be. It has taught me that if I am surrounded by the wrong people, it makes a negative impact on my overall happiness and confidence in the classroom.
The rainbow in my dark cloud is landing the perfect job in September. At a school that are warm, caring and supportive. That truly want me teaching there and believe in my ability to succeed. I like to think that the negative experiences and obstacles I faced were to teach me a valuable lesson on having resilience and never giving up and I guess it worked!