Friday, 10 August 2018

The Start of a New School Year

I can't believe that it is the start of a new school year already! Time goes so fast sometimes doesn't it? It seems insane to me that we are about to begin the 2018-19 academic year but after a restful and productive summer, I'm feeling ready for the challenges that this year will bring.

Last year was one of the toughest in my career and led me to making big decisions and to change the path of my career. After three years in a leadership role in an international school, I chose to step back down to classroom teacher. I was never really sure whether the leadership thing was for me and I sort of fell into it. I worked hard and got good results during my time in leadership, but I wasn't feeling happy in the role.

I chose to step down for 2 reasons. The first and most important was to focus on some personal goals that I wanted to achieve and needed all of my attention. If you're interested in reading more about my personal life, you can head to my lifestyle blog, Those Little Moments. The other reason I chose to step down was because I found myself no longer loving my job. I didn't have that buzz at the thought of going into school knowing the day would be great, that feeling after teaching a great lesson or the connection I'd had with previous classes. I stepped down in the hope that I would rediscover that passion.

This year I will move out of EYFS and teach in KS1, taking up many of the children from my class last year. I'm looking forward to going back to what I love and hopefully feeling happier, both personally and professionally. I'm working on lots of goals that are more related to what I originally trained to do and I'm looking forward to seeing where they go.

What are you most looking forward to this year? 
Are you taking on any new challenges or changing roles?

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