A Day in the Life of a Teacher

Arran Williams, September 17, 2015

Deciding on a career path can be challenging. However we are here to help. Have you ever wondered what a typical day in the life of a teacher is like? Then wonder no more! This blog takes a look at the typical day of Ryan who works in an EBD (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties school) as a teacher.

7:00am

7am on the dot my alarm goes off. As I gradually wake up, my mind is pretty much already planning out my working day. My days honestly begin with the best of intentions of fitting everything in, however are filled with a lot of unpredictable (both good and bad) moments working in an EBD (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties school) food-plate-healthy-coffee-mediumI am fortunate as I only live a 20mintues walk away from my place of work. This convenience allows me to not rush around too much and fit in my favourite (and most important) meal of the day, BREAKFAST.

8:15am

I arrive in work and go straight to the staff room to prepare for my day. Grabbing my daily fuel (my coffee), I sit and prepare some of my paper work for the up and coming classes before the students arrive.

9:00 am

It’s the first lesson of the day. One of my favourite things about teaching is seeing the progress my students are making every day and knowing I have made an impact on a young person’s life. Seeing the rewards of our hard work when children leave school or pass exams always reassures me that I’m in the right career.

12:30pm

table_tennis3Lunchtime is here, my favourite part of the day. No, this isn’t because I’m a foodie, this is the time where I can really interact with the students. Working in an EBD school can prove challenging due to the behavioural issues of the students. It isn’t always easy to get a lesson to run smoothly as these behavioural issues can be quite disruptive. So, this is a great way to get to know my students on a more one to one basis. We play table tennis and pool with the students and other members of staff, this allows us to bond and communicate with everyone in a more relaxed environment.

5:00pm*

It’s quite hard to give my exact finishing time at work as it can really vary. I usually tend to stay on top of paper work throughout the day, marking when there is a chance and not letting it pile up. However, I often can end up staying at work a bit later ensuring that the rest of the evening and the weekends are not taken up so much by work. Before I leave, I give my room one last check and say my goodbyes.

Finally, we asked Ryan some additional questions about his job:

questions What is the worst part of the day? The worst part is the staff meeting after school every day. Sometimes these can drag on! • What was your previous position before your current one? I was a Mentor/student support in another school. • Are you able to switch off your work mentality at home? Yes. Although it is harder to do so when working in a mainstream school as opposed to the EBD School I work in. • How do you make time for your personal life? As explained before, just keeping on top of things during the week and putting in some overtime allows me to be able to unwind at home and make time for my family. • Finally, what advice would you give to someone looking to get into your line of work? Have great patience and be willing to accept that things will not always go as planned. It is not a profession that should be undertaken for the money. You should have a real passion/desire to work with young people and help to shape their futures. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a teacher, check out the current vacancies advertised here jobsgopublic
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