This week, I returned to work, not as a teacher but as a teacher trainer. Next week, I go back to being a teacher. Sharing knowledge, experiences and ideas makes so much sense, especially when it comes to education. We all have our own stories and yet we've all ended up in the same place, in the same room. At some point, we all made the same decision.
My left eye burned, I couldn't open it, I wondered if I'd left a contact lens in, I hadn't. Was I awake? I wasn't sure. My entire brain felt heavy in my head. The pillow was too soft. Face to mattress. Discomfort. My left eye continued to burn. I was so nervous on Sunday night that I hardly slept. According to my SO, I sleep walked. The past tense of sleep walk is an interesting thought, I slept walked... no, definitely sleep walked. There was something about meeting six new people which worried me more than actually planning the training. I knew I could plan the training, I'm an organisational elf. Acting like a normal human being however, was another thing entirely. How can you plan your personality? You can't. My head space remained a sort of thought soup whilst everything around me was neatly piled and colour coded. I knew I'd be as overly talkative and shall we say 'animated' as usual.
It's not over yet. The first day started a little slower than the second. That's normal, especially when you're thrown into a new environment, surrounded by new people and given a lot of information to digest. By the end of the first day contributions grew, as did assertiveness, there were more suggestions and an overall sense of calm. Today, there was a lot of hard work but also more of a bond between colleagues. I hope that as the week progresses, everyone feels like they've made the right choice and that our school is one they're proud to be a part of.
Update: I was recently contacted by redditgifts as I applied for their 'redditgifts for the Teachers 2015' exchange, my details were pulled yesterday. A kind donor has agreed to send me something based on a detailed description of what might benefit my lessons. It's a complete surprise and more of a kind gesture than a lottery win. I mentioned how Maths and Science equipment is hard to come by without paying a fortune for shipping, how some supplies for Art might useful and that English children's books would be a nice classroom addition. Although it's referred to as an exchange, this particular project does not require that the teacher send anything more than a thank you note. If you missed it this year, you might want to apply next year. It's such a thoughtful scheme.