As many of you will be aware, I am a teacher. I have been in and out of the profession for a few years, what with having kids and not being able to find work. This has all changed, I went for an interview on Wednesday in a very small independent school for the position of Humanities teacher. It was for a permanent part-time role, 3 days a week teaching History and Religious Education (the latter of which is my specialist subject). I did my research before the interview and studied the school and it’s teaching approaches and ethos, I learnt that it was only 5 years old and had originally started with just 24 pupils and now has 92, they are outgrowing their site (which just happens to be an old primary school with a few port-a-cabins) and so have bought a rather grand stately home which shall take the next year to renovate ready for September 2015. The school are very much all for experiencing new things and so quite regularly take day trips out with the whole school! to go to new places, like the Buddhist centre in Swansea…. yes you did read that right, they take the whole school on days out, as it will benefit all of the pupils not just one group, I can’t tell you how much I love this idea. I learnt from their website that their teachers are very extrovert people, and from that point on I knew I had a good fighting chance at getting the advertised role.
When I arrived at the school, I was shocked at how small it was, I am used to very large state schools with 1300+ pupils so to go to a school that was so small was very daunting. As it is a private school the pupils had already broken up for the summer holidays so the silver lining of the interview was that I did not have to teach a lesson under the watchful eyes of the Head and Principle of the school. I quickly assessed their personalities within minutes of meeting both and was able to respond appropriately to their relaxed, bubbly, happy personas and match it. I think from that point onwards I was aware that I had made the perfect judgement and knew that I would be offered the job (not to blow my own trumpet), but they were noticeably impressed with my personality and knowledge of both their school and my subjects (thank God I actually swotted up beforehand!).
So the interview went A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y and to cut a long story short, I got offered the job and I start in September teaching 1 day Religious Education and Philosophy and 2 days teaching History.
Happy, doesn’t even cut it! I have been qualified since 2008 and have not had a single permanent job, so I am over the moon about this role, scared, but thrilled. I have a lot of preparation and planning ahead of me and a lot of research. I am in the process of figuring out how to introduce myself to the pupils, the first lesson and learning all about the pupils, their loves, loathes, skills, knowledge and passions.
If anyone has any helpful advice or resources on teaching History and/or introduction of a new teacher, I would be ever so grateful, thank you and fingers crossed I prove to be the best teacher I know I can be.
*still grinning a week on!*