Getting Into Teaching (Pt 1): My Journey

So I started a very long winded post a while ago on my decision to get into teaching. It described how I returned from maternity leave last year to my less than fulfilling higher ed admin role, how I’d once hoped to PhD and teach. How this didn’t work out (lack of £££). It. Was. Long. Anyhoo I do want to share my journey into teaching but I am going to try and keep it current and brief. So in brief I want to teach because I love the subject (obviously), but mainly because I spent some time in a secondary school before my application, and I saw that students and teachers can be down right awesome. I saw students engaging with sources and taking exam prep in their stride. I saw amazing teachers handling challenging situations, motivating the demotivated and doing 20 other things at once. I admired the pace of the teacher life, the commitment and effort of teachers and students. I just thought ‘I want a piece of this’.

I went for three interviews. I was so nervous. The one I really wanted was a School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) course with PGCE. I got it! With the condition that I achieve 4 or 5 at GCSE Maths (not the E I originally got at school 😳). Yes every teacher needs this regardless of the subject they want to teach and what degrees they have (also GCSE English but I was ok on that front). So for the last 9 months I have been attending 3 hours of night college a week and now I am 2 days away from my first exam of three. Eek, eek, eek! Cannot wait for them all to be over, but also sort of looking forward to flexing my newly found maths brain muscles. I guess it’s also good to put myself in the shoes of those I hope to teach. See you on the other side!


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