Confessions of a Ginger

A day in the life of a ginger

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Me, Myself and I – The Teaching Edition

Okay, okay, I have been pretty rubbish with keeping up with this! I’m Sorry! What can I say, I’m not on top of this whole blogging organisation thing just yet! To avoid bombarding you with a months worth of this link up, I am just going to start as I mean to go on and pretend that I didn’t miss a couple! What better one to jump back on the link up band wagon than a teaching edition. As I set to embark on my teaching journey come September, this is a (pre) insight into what my life is inevitably about to become.

This weeks questions were set by Sare, and Suzie is too a teacher so be sure to go and check out their answers to – they know their stuff!

What’s the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

There has got to be a million potential answers to this, but do you think I can think of anything!? Although I did get asked how the clouds stay floating in the sky…. thank god for google!

What’s the best thing about teaching? 

The thing I am most looking forward to in my career is having the opportunity to be a part of a journey.  Holding a place in that journey, that taught them something in which they will take with them throughout their life. From my time within the classroom, you see the admiration and love that those children have for their teacher (totally deserved!), that alone will always trump a pay packet.

What’s the worst thing about teaching?

So, admittedly I am probably quite naive to the pains of the career that I am about to enter, however, I like to think I have also got my head screwed on to, and am not completely blindsided and looking through rose tinted glasses. I have seen the good, the bad and ugly of teaching and I think what struck me the most was the attitudes and opinions of the government and other ‘non teachers’ have towards the industry. They are uneducated opinions that are unjust and do a disservice to how hard teachers work. Do I go around judging your career choices? No!? So don’t judge mine!

What part of your personality do you use the most, to your advantage, when you’re teaching?

I hope that my resilience will not only put me in good stead for the tough times ahead on a personal career level, but showing my children that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, and even when the going gets tough they are worth it! (total loreal moment there!). I also make a fool of myself on a regular basis, I hope that this will teach my children that not everyone is perfect and every mistake is not a mistake, it is a learning opportunity.

What’s your one piece of advice for NQT’s embarking on their first year of qualified teaching?

Okay, as I am yet to even be qualified yet, I’m opening up the floor to anyone who fancies dropping a pearl of wisdom or two my way! Please, Thank you!

So there we have it, a soon to be trainee teachers perspective into the crazy vocation that is teaching! If you have classsrom experience join in, don’t forget to link it up to Sare’s blog! Next Week, Suzie takes the reigns for another edition of Me, Myself and I – watch this space!

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Me, Myself and I- Week 1


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My wonderful (and very talented blogger) best friend Sarah, over at Teachaholic has teamed up with Suzie to take the blogging world by storm! It is a link up that is based on a set of five questions that are chosen by them both on an alternate basis, so that all us bloggers can get to know lots of lovely and interesting things about each other. This week it was Suzie’s turn to host. In support of this genius little link up, here are my answers to the first set of questions!

What has been your blogging highlight so far?

This is particularly difficult to answer, mainly because I have been far from a consistent blogger, and am first to admit that I don’t find blogging easy. I just don’t have the flair that these two ladies do and many others out there. However, there was one post that I wrote that got (for me!) a lot of traffic and was the first time that I realised not only how cathartic blogging could be, but how much support was out there in the blogosphere!

What or who inspires you more than anything else?

Sarah. Pure and simple. Asides from just being an all round amazing person, she is the teacher that I aspire to be. As I embark on the beginning of my teaching career, the goal is to be (even half) the teacher that she is. She is simply born to do her job, and my god, if my children get taught by a teacher like her – I will be a very happy parent!

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do with your winnings?

Asides from the really boring things that adults are supposed to do,and after I have made sure the people I love the most have had their fair share. I have always wanted to swim with dolphins and sky dive. I want to live my life through experiences, and create amazing memories.

If you could describe yourself as a plate of food, what would it be?

Hunters Chicken: despite it being my number one ‘go to’ food at a restaurant. It’s indulgent and bold flavours aren’t always the healthiest options, but do you know what, life is too short. Here’s to bold, rich and indulgent personalities!

What does a perfect day look like to you?

A day spent with the people who mean the most; where there is no time or money constraints, so that we can sit and giggle and drink cocktails without a care in the world and simply enjoy each other and the company. Add a bit of sun(that doesn’t burn albinos like myself)and sand (that doesn’t stick to you when you get wet) and that’s perfection!

So there we have it, my answers to week 1 of Me, Myself and I, hosted this week by Suzie81speaks. If you fancy joining in with this series, making sure you link up/ping back to Sare and Suzie! New questions go up every week over the summer.