When membership opened for the Chartered College of Teaching this week I was quick to get myself signed up. Lacking in blog inspiration this afternoon following a heap of year 8 books that were a little depressing and took far too long (despite giving fairly efficient feedback I thought...) I thought I'd quickly blog on my reasons for joining.
i joined the Chartered College because I believe it is really important to engage with the teaching world outside of our own school setting. It is too easy to get bogged down in our own work and not consider anything outside of our own bubble. It's for this reason that I also intend to spread the word amongst teachers at my school. I think for some it may serve as a reminder that teaching extends beyond what we experience every day.
I'm looking forward to being able to access journals, especially as I've just finished my Masters and with that my access to the university library. I enjoy reading up on things that I can share within my department, and look forward to being able to do this using more than just blogs.
I like to meet other teachers, one of the reasons I love to attend events such as ResearchEd, so the London event in February should be great.
Also, the opportunity to be part of an organisation designed to give teachers a voice, and hopefully influence some change in the future is one I didn't want to miss.
If my expectations will be met remains to be seen, but if I don't try then I won't know. Here's to the first year of the Chartered College of Teaching, whatever it may bring.