When you start teaching at 22 you can’t help but think I’m way too young to be a “real” teacher. It’s fine when you’re training because you’re not a really a “real” teacher, but once qualified it becomes very surreal.
Then NQT year comes and you can do the job of a teacher but you’re mostly just faking it till you make it. Or at least i was! It’s like you’re getting really good at impersonating a teacher but you’re still confused as to how you ended up being the person people look up to. You are suddenly the responsible adult in the room.
Then just as I was getting into the flow and maybe, just maybe feeling like a “real” teacher; I quit my job and went travelling. Not very adult of me, eh?
Now I’m back with a TLR, a pay rise and a fresh start with a new school. I’m giving presentations to staff on things I stumbled into doing and got to know through Twitter mostly. Today I had a teacher come in from another school for an hour meeting with ME to teach her all I knew about PiXL. I’m running the Duke of Edinburgh award on my own, holding meetings and getting emails from parents...and I can’t help feeling like I’m there. A real teacher. Im not quite sure how it happened; but apparently it did.
Just don’t tell my new school I’m actually technically NQT+1 because I honestly don’t think they realise!