Earlier on this month I was lucky enough to sit on the panel for the Teaching Forum organised by the Students' Union with the theme of 'How to Navigate a Successful Teaching Career Today'.
The knowledge I gained from the practitioners was invaluable. I don’t know how others feel, but I have been questioning if teaching was the profession for me. My degree has taught me the many routes I can take in the world of education not just becoming a primary school teacher but the teaching forum reiterated to me that becoming a primary school teacher was definitely the route I was going to take in this big world of education.
Having the chance to listen to a range of practitioners from a range of backgrounds, who all all agreed on one thing, that it was the children and the learning and teaching that was important, and that you have to love your career not just be in it for the holidays (although those thirteen weeks are important) and if you want the best from the children in your class, you must take time for yourself.
There are lots of fears and negative connotations that comes with working with children and in a school environment. Listening to these experienced practitioners and newly qualified teachers helped to abolish these fears. It was discussed that there is a setting out there to suit everyone, and that once you have found that setting you will know that this wonderful exciting career is for you.
Once in the profession people have this feeling that your learning has to stop, this is not the case. No day is the same - it is vital that we as practitioners continue our learning and allow for the children to teach us as well as taking training opportunities.
As much as the Teaching Forum gave me invaluable knowledge to take in to the profession with me, I have also signed up to £500 worth of free training at the forum. This training will help me in the classroom but will also help me to get into the classroom.
It's events like these that remind me why I started my degree and my passion for education and learning, and how one day I could be talking to people about my job and how much I enjoy being in the classroom and ensuring that the children in my class are receiving the best education possible.
A photo gallery from this event can be seen on our Facebook.