Katie: A laminator would make it even easier, though.
"The speed with which I have become completely immersed in both school and training life has amazed even me."
I was a bit nervous that I didn’t have what it would take to do this at the start of the year. I had heard from a lot of people that the teacher training year would be the toughest year of my life, and I was ready to believe them. There are a few things to worry about; getting all the planning done, learning how to fill in all the paperwork properly, working in a new place with new people, getting to know a huge group of children, having your teaching observed and assessed regularly, writing essays. It all sounds a bit scary in the abstract.
But the speed with which I have become completely immersed in both school and training life has amazed even me. Now I think nothing of planning a lesson based around a single learning objective or list of spelling words. I think nothing of spending hours lovingly crafting resources for them to be crumpled and scribbled on (you know you’re becoming a teacher when you’re begging everyone you know to please PLEASE get you a laminator for Christmas). I think nothing of sitting in a staffroom with all the teachers, discussing the progress of the children in my class. I think nothing of applying wet paper towels to grazed elbows. I think nothing of diffusing a quickly-escalating confrontation between two six-year-olds.
These were all things that, ten weeks ago, I’d have backed away from so quickly that I’d have been gone before you could say ‘laminator’ (I really want a laminator, it’s all I can think about). But now, because of the amazing people I have around me, I feel like I can take it all on, and it doesn’t faze me at all. All the staff and children at my training school have welcomed me like one of their own, and everyone at the LTSA has done the same. I have had every question answered, every uncertainty reassured, every confusion rectified. I have met people at school and on my training days that I hope I will be lucky enough to consider friends for life, and having them around me has made my transition into being a trainee teacher an awful lot easier.
A laminator would make it even easier, though.