Tired at the end of my first week's teaching, I opened my diary to the page for today and wrote the following as an order to my future self:
"Have a big sit down".
I've now finished teaching at HRC and I am having exactly that big sit down.
I've really enjoyed the actual teaching, the directing and working with the students, but I've enjoyed aspects like the bureaucracy a lot less. I'm also painfully aware that as far as the paperwork is concerned I've really only seen the tip of the iceberg.
Teachers have come in for a bad wrap over the last couple of years from the ConDem government. They have been scapegoats over issues of pensions, holidays and, rather bizarrely, school trips. It seems to be a systematic smear campaign that relies on the public's warped perception of their own time at school.
Consider the following:
Just because you went home at three, it doesn't mean your teachers did. Whether you did your homework or not, your teachers always took marking home. Yes, the holidays are better than most other jobs, but consider that teachers have absolutely no choice when to take them and everything is at its peak price when they do.
One thing that became very obvious to me whilst doing the job is that teaching is far harder than learning.
Clearly teachers deserve far more respect than they currently get, but just as importantly they deserve more opportunities for a big sit down.