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Guest Post: My First Weeks as an NQT

By Year 3 Teacher, Gemma Brown

 

Mrs Brown with her Year 3 class

I remember getting the phone call, I was 4 interviews down – please, please, pleeeeaassseee let this be it. Then I heard ‘we would like to offer you a teaching position’ – I literally jumped up and down whilst taking the call, I had finally got to where I had always wanted to be. I had got into THE school I had hoped for, I had finally done it.

I was lucky that the SCITT course had finished a couple of weeks before the end of the term. It meant I got to go to my new school and get to know the students and my new colleagues.

Then September arrived.

Fear hit.

I had accepted the challenge of jumping key stages.

What on earth was I doing? Was I going to be good enough? How am I supposed to handle this? What on earth am I supposed to teach them? Who’s going to make sure I’m doing it all properly?

Then the bell went on the first day. The children arrived. And they looked at me, in their new pristine uniforms. Waiting. This is it. My moment. Then “Mrs Brown, is that thing on your finger from when I saw you in summer after you crashed the jet ski, fell in the lake and broke it?” – Yes. Yes, it is. Thanks kid. My shining ‘finally a teacher’ moment.

To be fair, this has gained me some brownie points with my class, that and introducing them to the game ‘2 truths and a lie’ and getting them to ‘dab’ when they hear a fronted adverbial in a piece of writing, (how else are you supposed to get them to enjoy recognising fronted adverbials?)

Almost a month in now and I feel like I belong. I would do anything for the children in that class. The pride I feel when I see that light bulb switch on from something I have taught them. That is the moment I am in this for. That high 5 in the classroom when another smiley face is on the behaviour chart, designed by me and the student. I have found my work/life balance. Something I worried about a lot throughout my training.

I have an AMAZING team around me, the support is phenomenal. I feel very lucky to be where I am.

But I do feel like I may never shake off the title of being the teacher who crashed a jet ski.

– Mrs Brown. (high-fiving, dabbing, Year 3 teacher)

Pitch Perfect Poetry Workshops: A Q+A with Ian McMillan

Ian McMillan – photo: Adrian Mealing

 

Ahead of his return visit in September, we caught up with Ian McMillan and chatted about his passion for poetry and long association with North Lincolnshire.

TNL:  Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions Ian. We are delighted to welcome you back to North Lincolnshire, this time with regular collaborators cartoonist Tony Husband and musician Luke Carver Goss for poetry and art workshops. What can our pupils expect from these sessions?

IM: We’ll be making new things that involve words and music and art and combinations of all three; we’ll be exploring ideas about place and time and listening. All we’ll have a good laugh!

TNL: The pupils have been tasked with creating an illustrated poem, which celebrates life in North Lincolnshire. These will be published in a special anthology. Do you have any top tips for these budding writers?

IM: Writers should always read as much as they can, they should listen to conversations and should try to be interested in lots of things at once. And they should carry a notebook at all times so that if they have an idea they can write it down.

 

Ian on location near Keadby filming ‘Open the Book’, an original poem written for the North Lincolnshire Children’s Literacy Trust. Photo: Joel Francis

 

TNL: From working as a poet-in-residence with Humberside police to providing the words to the Cycle Song opera, celebrating Scunthorpe steelworker turned Olympic cyclist Albert ‘Lal’ White, you’ve had a long association with North Lincolnshire. What attracts you to the area and do you have any especially fond memories?

IM: There’s something mystical and magical about this part of the country; it’s hard to define but it’s something to do with the wide skies and the way that history seems to be layered and layered. The past and the present and the future seem to walk hand in hand round here! I love walking down the front at Cleethorpes and feeling the wind tugging at my hair done watching the boats pass in the Humber.

 

Boats along the River Humber – photo: Joel Francis

 

TNL: Words Count in North Lincolnshire promotes reading for pleasure across our communities. Why do you think it is so important to get reading?

IM: Reading gives you power; it helps you to understand the world and your place in it. It’s also a way in to writing; I think that all readers should be writers and all writers should be readers.

TNL: Earlier this year you penned ‘Open the Book’, a poem for North Lincolnshire, and you keep a busy schedule. What other projects are you currently working on?

IM: At the moment I’m writing songs for choirs with Luke Carver Goss and working on an opera about the 1918-19 flu epidemic with composer Michael Betteridge. Oh and I’m writing poems about Yorkshire Tea!

 

For more information about both the poetry and art workshops and the poetry across the curriculum inset day please see the post below.

Watch the video of Ian filming ‘Open the Book’

Follow Ian on Twitter: @IMcMillan

Ian McMillan – Bringing Poetry to Life in North Lincolnshire!

Ian McMillan – photo: www.turningimages.co.uk

 

We are delighted to welcome poet, playwright and broadcaster Ian McMillan back to North Lincolnshire in September for a series of inspiring poetry events.

19 September – ‘Poetry Across The Curriculum – Bringing Poetry to Life’

At this engaging inset session, Ian will share his top tips for teaching poetry effectively, reflecting on strategies which help to bring the words to life, galvanizing pupils’ interest. Ian will be joined by regular collaborator, accordionist and composer Luke Carver Goss.

*Please note that this session will take place from 1.30-3.30pm. The cost is £25 per delegate, schools which have purchased the SLA will receive a 20% discount.

Download the ‘Bringing Poetry to Life’ flyer 
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20 September – ‘Poetry and Art Workshops’

The next day it’s the children’s turn! We are on the lookout for pairs of creative KS2 pupils (one with a passion for writing, the other with a talent for art), who can collaborate to create an illustrated poem, for a future North Lincolnshire anthology. Exploring the theme ‘A Pride of Place’, this collection will celebrate the colourful characters and wonderful landscapes of our community. For this fun, interactive workshop Ian will be joined by award-winning Private Eye cartoonist Tony Husband and musician Luke Carver Goss.

*Please note that there are two chances for children to participate in this unique opportunity – sessions run from 10.00-11.30am and 1.30-3.00pm. £10 per pupil, maximum four pupils per school (two writers, two artists). Pupils must be accompanied by one or more staff members. Please contact Alice.Broadhurst@northlincs.gov.uk to secure places.

Download ‘Poetry and Art Workshops’ flyer

Looking to Further Your Career? Exciting Leadership Development Opportunities

 

Aimed at aspiring, new and existing assistant and deputy headteachers, this development programme is focused on ensuring individuals can effectively raise standards and attainment in school, successfully implement school improvement strategies and to excel at leading learning across a school.

Taking place over nine full days, this one-year training course provides high quality, high impact leadership development and will equip you for the future challenges of senior leadership.

Applications are now open, places are free, but please note that there are only fourteen spaces available! For more information, please view the programme overview. Interested? Please send an expression of interest email to Michael.Ogle@northlincs.gov.uk

 

 

This professional development programme will help you build the skills you need to make the transition to headship. Over the course of a year, you will take an in depth look at the evolving education landscape, developing practical and effective strategies to transform learning.

Applications are now open, places are free, but please note that there are only eight spaces available! For more information, please view the programme overview. Interested? Please send an expression of interest email to Michael.Ogle@northlincs.gov.uk

 

Teach North Lincs – Our Journey So Far

A lot has happened since the launch of  Teach North Lincs back in January 2016! Watch our highlights video below.

Teach North Lincs was created with the principle of creating a joined-up approach to the recruitment of teachers across North Lincolnshire. Using the free, user-friendly site, anyone looking for a teaching and school leadership job can register their details and be the first to receive the latest vacancies direct to their inbox. When they find their ideal vacancy, they will benefit from a simplified application process, compatible with smartphones and tablets.