10 Reasons I am looking forward to going “BACK TO SCHOOL”

14 04 2013

Back to school

My response to the Daily Prompt: The Satisfaction of a List!


After two glorious weeks of thinking about work AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE; tomorrow I will make the dreaded journey back to school.

It is always hateful to return to work after a refreshing break – it doesn’t matter what industry you work in – and I must admit I am not looking forward to my return to my classroom one little bit.

But inspired by the daily prompt: the staisfaction of a list, I decided to look at the positive things that will come out of my first productive day in a fortnight, in a bid to motivate myself for my return, rather than obsessing over the reasons I would rather remain tucked up in bed, drinking endless cups of tea with a good book.




1/ FRIENDS: Just like the students, I am looking forward to seeing all my friends. It’s great participating in the banter in the staff room, comparing notes and sharing our stories. I work with some amazing people and it is always good to be in their company.

2/ SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT: Every day I spend at work  (and this feeling predates my career in teaching); I feel I have accomplished something. I feel the satisfying sense that I have earned my paycheck and am contributing in my own small way to the society in which I live.

3/ SUBJECT SPECIALISM: I love my subject specialism. Drama is now – and always has been – my passion. I am extremely blessed that I have the opportunity to do what I love every single day of my working life and even better, I get to share and pass on my skill and knowledge to other people.

4/ MAKING A DIFFERENCE: I work with kids from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. In a strange way it is not always the outstanding talent in my classroom that makes me feel warm and fuzzy at night. It’s the kid who is an absolute nightmare, from a deprived or troubled background, who for some inexplicable reason loves my subject or simply responds well to me, who can make or break my day. Some of these kids who have (on the surface at least) so little, can give so much back when they are inspired.

5/ MAKING MONEY: Like it or not we all need cash! I earn a good salary and this means I can enjoy good times when I am on holiday.

6/ ROUTINE: I am definitely a creature of habit. When my life is devoid of structure and routine I flounder. I cope much better when I have a predictable routine to follow.

7/ APPRECIATE HOLIDAY: To paraphrase a quote I heard on TV recently: “If EVERYDAY is amazing then no day is truely amazing”. You can only appreciate the good times when juxtaposed with the bad ones.

8/ CHANCE TO USE MY BRAIN: I am fairly articulate and I am good at problem solving. These skills are better when they are put to work. In fact, I think that exercising your brain is as important as looking after your physical health. As delighted as I have been in my time off by my new shredder and ability to eradicate my old household bills and personal documments; it has hardly been a mental challenge that has caused me to utilise my grey matter. No matter what tomorrow brings, I know I will need to be thinking and on my toes at all times.

9/ 6 WEEKS TILL MY NEXT HOLIDAY!: One of the perks of my profession. Don’t get me wrong, I spend much of my time off marking, planning lessons, doing paperwork etc. BUT, it is infinitely better doing these tasks in my PJ’s, on my sofa, with the radio on than trying to focsu on endless spreadsheets when I am stuck at work. Roll on my next ‘break’!

10/ SOMETHING TO BLOG ABOUT: When you are confronted with 30 children each hour of your working life you collect wonderful stories. Children are fantastic inspiration for all aspiring writters because they say what they think, often without censoring themselves. Every day I find myself in absurd, humourous, tragic and inspiring conversations with the next generation and if that doesn’t give me something to blog about, then nothing will 🙂


Fellow teachers: please feel free to add your own thoughts about the reasons we continue to pursue our chosen: crazy/admirable/challenging/frustrating/wonderful [delete as appropriate] profession in the comments section below.





6 responses

14 04 2013

This my dear friend is an inspiring list, what a way to motivate yourself. good luck and most of these kids will make you proud.

14 04 2013

What a lovely comment to read on a dull dark April evening. Thank you!
I have had a look at your Blog and have found it very inspiring. Good luck in the future and may our paths cross again.

14 04 2013

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15 04 2013

Thank you so much – what a lovely start to my day 🙂

15 04 2013

Glad to be nice! I am looking forward to your answers.

15 04 2013

Working on them!

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