Name: Malcolm Wilson
Twitter name: @malcolmwilson01
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Position: Class Teacher
What is your advice about? First week worries
1: Own your ignorance. It’s fine not to know anything about ‘the way we do things around here.’
2: Find a friend. Teaching can be achingly lonely, so look for at least one colleague to trust and share stuff with.
3: Don’t be fobbed off. “You’re a trained teacher, so you should know what you’re doing” isn’t an adequate or professional response from a colleague.
4: Remember the Head is human. Schools are hierarchical and leadership can feel lonely and exposed, so look for opportunities for assertive and honest conversations.
5: It’s not your fault. You may feel like a failure at first, but that’s typical, to be expected as you have limited control over your environment, and usually passes.