When I completed my doctorate, I was still quite new to this teaching malarkey. It wasn't until I re-read my old PhD thesis after several years in the profession that I realised just how much my writing style had changed - and, I believe, improved - as a result of what I'd learnt in the classroom.
If you or anyone you know is beginning their Teacher Training or NQT year this September, why not have a look at my series of articles about the exciting and turbulent First Year of Teaching! I share quick ‘n’ easy lesson plans, offer advice on how to navigate a new school, and – most importantly! – share my Top Tips for new Teachers. These are all, I don’t mind saying, based on bitter experience and a history of getting things *wrong*!
Here’s what I wish I knew back then…
Over September and October I will be publishing weekly articles on effective teaching strategies for trainee teachers and NQTs. These are the kinds of things I really wish I’d known way back when I first started out…!
This first entry is a broad overview based on my own experience in the profession, but subsequent articles will offer brief (and, I hope, useful and practical!) examples of lessons, ideas, and resources that saved my bacon on more than one occasion!
The teacher training year can be, to put it mildly, a shock to even the most robust of systems. To be sure, the joys of teaching are unlike those found in other profession, and working in schools can be – and frequently is – an immensely rewarding experience. There is nothing naive or bright-eyed in the assertion that the humble classroom teacher occupies a position of immense worth, and can…
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Whatever point you're at in your doctoral programme, it's a safe bet that by now you've already developed the kinds of useful and *demonstrable* transferable skills that employers love. Here's what I wish I knew back when I first started applying for roles outside of the academy!
I'd like to share some of the things that I now know that I wish I'd known five years ago. To be clear: I'm no expert in the field of early career academic guidance. I'm still learning and still making mistakes. All I'd like to do, if I can, is offer some support. I can only speak for myself, but a little guidance here or there would have taken away some of the pre-completion and post-graduation fear, imbued my next steps with a renewed sense of purpose, and perhaps even given me more reason to believe in myself...