Teacher Training Diaries: Final Placement.

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The finish line is close enough for me to see it! I find it hard to believe that I am almost at the end of my teacher training journey. It has been a year of highs and lows but in just two short months, I will be a qualified primary school teacher. My last assignment has been submitted. I am 4 weeks into my final 9 week placement in year 1/2. Due to some circumstances within the school, I will be moving to another year 1/2 class. This is not ideal but I am learning to embrace the change and get to know some new children.

I am so excited to announce that I secured my first teaching job for September. A permanent job in Year 5 (my favourite year group to work with). I am looking forward to the new challenges that await me during my NQT year but first, I need to finish my training. I am so happy that I got a job secured, it’s one less thing to worry about! I still have my files to do, lessons to plan and reflect on and resources to make but I feel confident in myself at the moment. I am finding a work/life balance, I am happy with my development as a teacher and even though I still have things to work on, I know I will reach my targets by the end of the year.

When I look back to September, I am amazed at how much I have learnt and how far I have come. Teaching is not an easy profession. This year has been mentally and physically draining. I have had moments where I wanted to give up and go and do something else. I have had moments where I felt that teaching was not for me. But I have also had moments of happiness and joy. I have had moments of pride and achievement. I have had moments of true gratitude because I really do have the best job ever. Teacher training takes over your life and can put a lot of pressure and strain on your relationships, your personal life and your mental health. Teaching as a profession, is a constant obstacle course of jumping through hoops and ticking boxes. Teaching can leave you in a constant state of exhaustion. But despite all of that…. I am still going, growing stronger every day, learning something new every day and looking forward to having my own class in September.

 

 

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The Final Chapter

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The final chapter has ended on my university journey. The graduation festivities will kick off with the graduation ball next week and I will be handed my Creative Writing degree in July at the ceremony. I can’t believe I am almost a university graduate! I can’t believe how fast the past three years have gone! Before I started university I was lost, I didn’t know where I wanted to go or who I wanted to be. I was struggling to make a decision.

So I took a leap of faith and enrolled on a Creative Writing course, I believe that it’s the best decision I have ever made. I can proudly say that I am a writer. I always have been but I never had the confidence to really give it a go. I didn’t believe that I had enough talent and I knew that I didn’t have the right dedication and discipline it took to write for a living. Now I do.

There have been many flaws in my degree but each individual takes away something different from the experience and I take away confidence. I now believe in myself. I believe in my writing. I may still be unsure about what the future holds for me but I am no longer lost.

I have found my voice, I have found my purpose and for me, that’s the only thing I set out to do. So, will this Creative Writing degree help me get a job? Probably not. But it wasn’t the purpose I was striving for. I will get a job, any job and I will write. In a perfect world, I would love to do a job where I could use my talent for words but it isn’t always possible so I will settle for what I can get. As long as I have the time to write and I can publish my novels, I will be happy.

The chapter may be ending on this part of my life but I am excited for the new and exciting experiences that come my way. I don’t know where I am heading but I’m sure about one thing, I am a writer. I live and breathe words. No matter what happens, I am proud to say that I now have the confidence to follow my dreams of being a professional writer.