Goodbye 2011

Being a teacher has an advantage in that you get two new years. We all began the school year in September, full of postive intentions with a shiny, brand new class to teach and inspire. Now we get a second chance to take a breath and start again. We’ve done the longest part of the year (this last term seemed to go on forever) and have got to know our children well so we can really look forward to the rest of the school year.

2011 was an interesting year full of ups and downs. The worst part was being burgled on the night of the first day school. I am still missing things that I used to have on my laptop and that will take a long while to replace. Not to mention the scary lack of security you feel when your home has been invaded.

The biggest up was actually managing to pass the MaST course. Presumably I am now a fully fledged Primary Maths Specialist although none of us have received any official notification of this. A bit of a let down after two years of very intensive hard work. I hope that we do get something although I do realise that other networks are on slightly different time scales.

Another positive to end the year is my lovely class! After 2 difficult years you can lose perspective and forget just how rewarding our job can be. I had forgotten how much fun teaching can be and my current class have reinspired me. They aren’t perfect ( and I wouldn’t like them so much if they were) but they are enthusiastic and likeable and I feel as though I am making a difference.

So onwards and upwards. My new year’s resolution is the same as always, to try to be the best teacher that I can be. Hopefully I will achieve that and not end up feeling as though I should have done better.

Happy New Year Everybody!

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