Walking the tightrope of frustration

Not quite sure which theme park my roller coaster belongs to. Mostly it seems to have been steady undulations, tiredness and a sense of overwhelming lack of knowledge forming the dips, with the odd high from a child

4 Responses to “Walking the tightrope of frustration”

  1.   Lara Says:

    Don’t lose heart. It is a shame that you are working in a school that is not able to give you the opportunities you need. But hold on to your convictions about what is important – you are right! And yes it really is MUCH more important to know how to teach children to learn. Good luck!


  2.   Fiona Johnson Says:

    Oh my goodness, I’m so worried for you:( I don’t know anything about the English curriculum or the policies of the school you are in but can I just tell you, from what I have just read; you are right and they are wrong. In Scotland we have just moved away from a curriculum where everything was timed down to the last minute and we had to keep moving on as there was so much we ‘had’ to cover. We now have A Curriculum for Excellence which is exactly what you have described – creative, responsive, inspiring, digging deeper etc. I really hope things improve for you…..I just want to give you a hug.


  3.   Thomas Says:

    All I can say is that you sum up the feelings of many people very eloquently. I know it’s hard, it can be for a while. You are going to struggle to break the habits of people – especially as an NQT. It’s obvious that you have great ideas, understand what your class needs, and have voiced your frustrations calmly and clearly. How to move forward? Well, let me say that I have been in a school for three years and feel the same way you do – irritated at stubbornness, confused by the approach of some other professionals, upset when you are severely constrained. I would ride it out, keep pushing for your views to be heard – they may get division the second time, but I doubt it. I would quietly develop my own lessons for the Abacus ones that you feel won’t work. Shared planning is great, but make sure you put your own spin on it. And, finally, never forget those good points. Don’t forget that philosophy that you’re unable to put into place right now because it will come in handy in the future. As someone else commented, you’re right.


  4.   Primary_NQT Says:

    Thank you so much for all your encouraging and supportive comments. It really does make a difference! Had meeting with DH today and she has suggested I just team plan 3 days for Num and Lit and have two days to use as consolidation/class based activities. The SLT is apparently going to suggest this to all KS2 staff. Sounds like a pretty good compromise to me.


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