Anyone else dreading going back?

(8 Posts)
Misssss Thu 18-Aug-16 10:53:29

Just that really. I think I'm really anxious about going back. Feel ill at the thought of it. I'm fairly experienced but I have the most awful class next year, full of behaviour issues which the school always blames on the teacher. The micromanaging nit picking I wrote the book on teaching, DH is now non teaching and has set up an office at the bottom of my classroom (technically a separate room but there's just some rubbish folding doors and no separate entrance.) I also teach year six and despite getting fairly good results, I still don't know what I'm doing. Oh and Ofsted are due.

That was a little self indulgent rant but you're the only people who will understand.

Has anyone else got a sense of trepidation about the new term?

PumpkinPie2013 Thu 18-Aug-16 14:45:46

flowers for you. I'm sorry you're feeling so anxious about going back to work sad I used to feel like this the last couple of years (I moved schools in April and thankfully I'm happy in my new school) and it's an awful feeling.

I don't have much useful advice for you sad and the office at the end of your classroom sounds rubbish sad.

Would you consider looking for a new school for next year? Might be worth a try if your current place isn't good.

I hope you manage to enjoy what's left of the holidays.

OneOfTheGrundys Thu 18-Aug-16 21:37:07

It's a horrible feeling.

Behaviour's a hard one because you just can't predict how things are going to go day to day. Some situations can be foreseen and prevented but in a class full of live wires it can be hard to tell when/what's going to go off. (Pru teacher here).

I get bad nerves before a start back so apart from all the normal school planning, organising stuff that goes on I make sure outfits/food/DC stuff is absolutely pukka for that first week, the house in good order, pets all clean etc. Also dentists, plumbers, car stuff etc all either booked or done. Making what I can control be under control. I spent £200 in uniqlo today so the wardrobes as capsule as it could be and no more shopping for myself til Jan sales

And ofsted will be paying us a visit this year too... So yes, I absolutely feel your anxiety!

Misssss Sat 20-Aug-16 08:48:36

Thanks for the replies.

I'll spend next week getting organised and try and be a bit more positive. Really early in my career I had an awful experience which knocked my confidence and I'm probably creating links that aren't there.

It's not a bad school overall - I've worked in four and this is the best. I think most schools aren't great at the moment.

PumpkinPie2013 Sat 20-Aug-16 10:41:25

Hopefully, if it isn't a bad school overall, you might be ok when term starts.

Even though I like my school, I'm slowly starting to get nervous about the start of term - think it's just the prospect of new classes and being on the hamster wheel again!

I'm hoping to pop into school next week and get some stuff organised so I feel prepared.

clam Sat 20-Aug-16 11:03:38

blush to admit that I thought for a moment your d-husband had set up an office by your classroom.

I have put "Next Term" in a sealed box for the holidays. I will probably open the lid next Tuesday, after the Bank Holiday and get myself sorted mentally. I'm not moving rooms or year-group, so the classroom is already organised and plans are on the system. Will need tweaking, but mainly sorted.

I too have a challenging class, but that's fairly standard these days, as my HT seems to think, "give them to clam - she'll sort them out." Well, maybe, but it's killing me to do it more and more each year.

secretfreckle Mon 22-Aug-16 11:51:24

I am dreading going back too. We have new GCSE and A level courses starting. I finally sat down for 7 hours yesterday and made a good start on the GCSE SoW, I had been putting it off and off as I couldn't bear the thought of it. The big problem with teaching is that it's either 100 mph (term time) or nothing (holidays) and as of Sept, you have to put your own life on hold again for another year...

Xenadog Mon 22-Aug-16 20:28:02

Oh yes. The dreams, panic attacks and anxiety levels have been ratcheting up over the last couple of weeks. I have been teaching almost 20 years and don't think I have another year in me - certainly not after this one. I absolutely love teaching but the changes to curriculum year on year, the expectations from management (despite a brilliant ofsted) and changes to pay and conditions (not for the better) mean this isn't the job for me any more.

I honestly think that teaching is for young people with no responsibilities who can dedicate their life to the job. I have an escape plan lined up but I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the next term let alone the rest of the year.

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