by Rachel Dixon @R31DXN
No, I’m not talking about those times you get home from school too tired to cook. I’m thinking about what do we take away with us at the end of every school day? I’ve been teaching now for 17 years and I’ve seen educational changes come and go like platforms and flares with each new wave believing they’ve introduced it as a new an innovative idea. One thing that has remained consistent is what we take home at the end of the day.
The way I see it is this. We either take home a to do list that is as insurmountable as Everest without adequate preparation – marking, lesson plans, data analysis, a report for SLT – countless other things.
We take home a sense of guilt that we actually want to, or need to, go home and take part in some family/self time, a non-school related activity or just being a person who isn’t working till stupid o’clock to try and stay on top of our eternally OFSTED ready game.
So what should we take home?
We should take home that moment when a student comes to you at the end of the lesson and says ‘thank you. I enjoyed that.’ We should take home that moment when a lesson has run to plan and we feel we have made progress. We should take home that moment when a colleague brings you food, or a coffee, because they recognise you might need it or to say thank you for supporting them through their own tough time. We should take home that we are strong, everyday we are working to make a difference, to equip young people for their future. And that at the end of the day, we are human and we are doing our best and we deserve a moment to respect ourselves for that.
These should be our take away moments.