Tomorrow is Sunday 3rd September, the day before I embark on my very first INSET day at my first SCITT placement. I will most likely spend tomorrow with a big, twisted knot in my stomach. The knot will be tightened with every feeling of excitement, anxiety and anticipation for what the next 12 months will bring.
I have been waiting and studying for approximately 9 years to get to this stage. Armed with my BA (Hons) degree in English Language and a whole toolbox of knowledge, I finally get the chance to learn how to share it with those younger, impressionable people. I anticipate tears, laughter, stress, determination and cries for help from those who have been here before. Most of all, I know that I love my subject. Andy Tharby in his recent publication ‘Making Every English Lesson Count’ said it perfectly:
‘…great English teachers must live and breathe their subject. If we teach every moment, every lesson and every topic as if it is the most fascinating thing in the world, then out students are more likely to come to believe this too.’.
One of the top tips I’ve been given in preparation of making an impression on those students is to constantly be reading, talking about reading and talking to students about reading. This, I am sure I will not have an issue with because that’s pretty much all I do anyway. So much so, that I have no shame in sporting my ‘Book Nerd’ bag purchased from Waterstones.
When I graduated in the summer I felt a certain sadness that the three years of learning and exploring the wonderful subject of English, and having the opportunity to pick the brains of the lecturers who taught me was over. Many graduates throw their hats in the air with true, pure happiness and relief. Of course, I was over the moon to celebrate my achievement; but that feeling of loss soon set in.
But then I realized that actually, I will still be in education. I will still be learning and growing in the wonderful world that is education. I just get to direct it at young students who are yet to realize their true potential and just how far their determination and hard work can get them. This is what I look forward to the most.
‘In sum, there is no better way of modelling your love and passion for English than through the way you read out loud.’ (A.Tharby)
So I will enjoy my final Sunday before the madness begins. I’d love to say accompanied with a glass of wine – but I need to be awake and out of the door by 7.30am and long story short, I love to sleep.
Here’s to the next 12 months. I might even try and blog more on it. Otherwise it will be all over my Twitter in conversation with the fantastic eduTwitter community, especially @TeamEnglish1.