I'm one of a lucky few who have a short week this week - I get to dip my toes in the water before next week's shock to the system of five whole days working (man the violins).
And before the start of every new half term or term, I sit with the nervous butterflies in my tummy - why, you ask? Because the job is so full on, and like many teachers I just want to do it well. The start of term means limiting your loo breaks, planning for anywhere in the region of four to ten presentations a day, inhaling some lunch if you're lucky...the list goes on.
But let's not forget, in this year where many are partaking in 365 days of happiness and writing down their best moments every day, the positives that can expel those butterflies.
The kids come back refreshed and ready - it's a unique time where they'll be at their most receptive. We might lose loo breaks or lunch, but for what reasons? Running a club that even the shyest child can attend, helping grateful pupils with coursework, looking after a child who's just having a rough day of it and sees you as help. And yes, marking will never go away and by definition is a task that can never be completed, but we have to think about every future we are moulding by helping pupils develop, and showing them we care.
Teaching is hard; we can't ever lie about that or deny it. But it's challenge is met with its reward, and its why many of us persevere in spite of stress, workload and other things trying to knock us down.
So it's 2017 and the start of the Spring Term, and I guess the culmination of these mindful meanderings is this: go in, stay positive, and be the change to these kids.
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