My first few days as a maths teacher are now over and the dust has settled. Being honest, I didn’t think they’d be as stressful and anxious as they were.
I left my role as Head of PE to take up a whole school leadership role to engage disengaged boys and improve boys achievement across the school, leading it from my maths classroom. Facing a very full timetable this year is going to be my biggest challenge and having few resources to work with will make it all the more interesting for me.
I’ve had a lot of the staff body approach me over the first five days saying how impressed they are that I’ve taken the step across and also that they wouldn’t have the confidence to. I honestly lost that confidence Wednesday night before the students were in on Thursday, questioning my decision and wondering if I’d made the right choice personally and professionally. However after my first three days back in the classroom I’m happy with the choice and excited by the challenge, rather than the apprehension that I felt on that Wednesday evening. I truly believe that if you’re a good teacher in any subject, then that can be transferred across subjects/faculties as long as there is a base of subject knowledge to support the teaching ability.
I’ve always seen myself as a teacher first; a teacher of PE or a teacher of Maths, rather than the other way round; a PE teacher or a Maths teacher. This is because even changing the order of the title changes the mindset that actually you’re there to give the best for your students across education, rather than just be static source of subject specific information in your classroom or teaching environment.
Thank you for reading,