…The end of term, I mean. We are all tired – the staff and the students. I cannot wait for my well-deserved six week break.
However, I am already looking forward to September; it represents a new start and a chance to truly put right the mistakes made over the previous year, and in my case there have been many.
I am now in my 4th year of teaching but I seem to be learning slower than some of my colleagues. But – and this is crucial – I am making progress. I am getting better. My classes have always done well in terms of data, but my actual lessons have sometimes been in need of improvement.
This is always particularly true in the Autumn term – a time when I struggle with all aspects of my life as I believe that I suffer from aspects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. I think everyone struggles in those cold and wet Winter months but I think it affects me more than the average person. I am not trying to make it an excuse. I just know acknoewledge that I need to try extra hard at work during this time so that it does not impact on my teaching and on the children’s learning.
I also think it takes me longer than the average teacher to get used to new classes and different children to work with. Again, this is simply something that I must overcome.