When Martyn tweeted me to review last year's teacher5aday pledge my instant reaction was that I didn't want to look at it, knowing how badly I had followed the pledge!
So here is the quickest review before I move on to what I will do better this year:
#connect - visit the staff room more often... I've been going every Friday breaktime and talking to more people around the school in other ways, I haven't quite lived up to the pledge but it's not too bad.
#notice - The positives. I think I've done this fairly well, although I could've shared these more.
#exercise - This is the one I've been avoiding... I have been going swimming, although still not as regularly as I'd like. Never did start going to the park run, maybe when it's warmer?
#volunteer - I got an email just the other day to say that a year later I am still waiting to be matched up as a phone befriender for Age UK. Maybe I should've found something else to do when that clearly wasn't happening?
#learn - ha! Italian I said.... didn't happen, not even slightly. A few minutes on Duolingo maybe?
For 2018 I am going to learn from the past and try and make my pledges achievable, so without further ado...
#connect - I am promising myself to keep in touch with my friends better than I have been. I'm very lucky to have a group of friends from secondary school and one uni friend that it's very easy to catch up with, even with no contact in ages - but it shouldn't be this way. I'm going to make an effort to keep in touch more often.
I am also going to try and connect more on Twitter. At the moment I feel like I sit on the outskirts watching what is going on and occasionally interacting with a few people, I want to change that.
#notice - I'm starting a Bullet Journal and will make sure I spend time every day noting down the positives, tracking my habits and reflecting on the day. This should encourage me to notice much more.
#exercise - I don't want to be too ambitious here. Lets start with swimming on Tuesdays and then maybe Park Run once it gets warmer?
#volunteer - After last year's disaster I'm going to look out for another opportunity, although I don't know what just yet.
#learn - I'm on the pilot for the Chartered Teacher programme so I think the amount of reading and reflection for that will lead to a fair amount of learning.
Here's to a more successful 2018 #teacher5aday than the 2017!
This year I have decided to take on yet another challenge, this time in the form of the Chartered Teacher (CTeach) Pilot. I've just been writing my first Reflective Journal entry for my mentor to read before the January launch event and I thought this was as good a time as any to write about why I've decided to join the programme.
When I first joined the Chartered College of Teaching in January 2017 I was hoping to join a group of like minded people, wanting to engage in research and work together to change the teaching profession for the better, to be a voice outside of the unions. I even signed up to be an advocate for the College, promoting it to my colleagues, something I need to try harder at in 2018. I've enjoyed receiving the journal to read and the Languages Network event I attended a few days ago. I'm hoping that in 2018 these opportunities are going to grow and I'll really feel part of something, which at the moment is where I am unsure.
I joined the CTeach pilot for a number of reasons. Firstly because I want to help to develop what I have talked about above. I don't feel like I can complain about not feeling part of something if I haven't tried to help improve it, I hope the CTeach will help me do this. Secondly, I want to develop myself further. I enjoy reading edu-books and joining in on Twitter, but I feel at the moment I don't have much of a direction for it. I am hoping that CTeach will give me the opportunities to carry on doing this, but purposefully and with a positive outcome and changes in my practice. Thirdly, I really want to share my reading more with my colleagues and at the moment I don't feel like I have a platform for doing that. I am hoping that now I am on the CTeach Pilot I might have a stronger voice for sharing these things with colleagues and have more of a chance of them trying them out too.
I'm looking forward to getting started in the new year and seeing what opportunities it will bring for me.