My typical day at school

My typical day at school…

Starts at 8.50am with registration of my S1 class. I check in with each of them, asking how their week is going and filling them in on any relevant information that they need to know. We say the school prayer together before the 9.00am bell which sees pupils off to their first curricular class of the day.

On average, I have 22 class contact periods each week, half of them being practical lessons and the other half are theory lessons across all year groups. I usually do all of my lesson preparation before I finish for the evening so that I can avoid any unnecessary stress the following day. If preparing for practical lessons, I ensure I have all of my ingredients, kitchen equipment and recipes set out for my classes on trolleys that are easily accessible and can be moved in and out of the classroom as and when they are needed. They have 50 minute lessons here in Inverclyde, therefore effective time management is important.

I like to try new ways of doing things to ensure my practical lessons run as smoothly as possible. With regards to theory lessons, I spend a Friday afternoon doing any resource development work along with any printing/photocopying of course material that I will use the following week.

For me, organisation is the key to success and helps to balance both my work and home life as well as my study to ensure continual professional development without feeling overwhelmed.

The best part of my job…

Is making a difference to the lives of young people. The positive influence I can have on my pupils can be life changing for many of them. As a teacher, you become a role model. Your pupils look to you for advice and guidance and that fills me with a real sense of pride and fulfilment. You form relationships and grow fond of your pupils. My pupils teach me as much as I teach them. They remind me to laugh and not to take myself too seriously. Learning can be fun and that goes for the teacher too!

My most memorable moment…

The challenge – and success – of getting the pupil who dislikes you and you seem to be getting nowhere with to have that ‘lightbulb’ moment. Having them begin to understand you and your subject enabling you both to work towards a common goal is both heartwarming and rewarding.

No day in teaching is ever the same…

Ever. You are unlikely ever to be bored by a lack of diversity. For me, I flourish in a working environment where I need to expect the unexpected! Teaching is a job with built-in variety, as you develop new units, teach new topics, and work with new children each year.