Sunday, 2 September 2012

Back To School

Gosh, it feels like ages since I joined in with one of Sian's Storytelling Sundays! And I felt a bit lacking in inspiration this time round, but when Sian suggested the theme 'Too Cool For School', I realised that I hadn't yet told you about some changes coming up for us this year. It's not so much a story, more like a news update - but it's part of the story of our lives, and after all, anything can be a story :)


So, here's the thing. I've been really, really fortunate that I haven't needed to work full time while The Children have been young. I'm very grateful to The Doctor for supporting us all both financially and in agreeing that it was the best thing for us as a family for me to be at home with The Children if that was what I wanted to do. Once both kiddies had started school I started to do a few voluntary hours there myself, and gradually picked up a few paid part-time hours over the years, as well as starting to teach a papercrafts class to a group of adults once a week; our plan has always been though that once both kids have moved onto secondary school I will be looking for more (paid) working hours.

For a little while now I've been thinking and wondering and considering and dithering. I love teaching - most of the time! - and I can't imagine not working in education. It's my vocation, not my job. And yet - for all kinds of reasons, I don't really want to go back to being a full-time teacher. And so, this term, I shall be starting a course which will train me to become a teaching assistant (TA); later in the school year, I hope to add the Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) qualification. I shall then be looking for a full-time TA post :) The right school could really make good use of my teaching experience and maths specialism, and I have plenty of experience of working with small groups/one-to-one tuition as well as working with whole classes. I reckon I could be a really good TA... :)

Once again, I'm very aware of how fortunate I am that, financially, we can afford for me to do this. Even though a TA salary doesn't compare all that favourably with that of a teacher, I can still earn more as a full-time TA than I do currently as a (very!) part-time teacher, and there's enough of a difference that we'll notice it as a family - we'll be able to do a bit more to the house, have some fun travel opportunities, and also put some money aside for The Children's university education. But I'll also not be taken over by my work as I used to be when I taught full-time - I'll still be there for my family, and that's really important to us. Thank you, The Doctor, for being supportive and understanding in this - and for earning enough for us all!!

I'm so excited about this opportunity. I'm a little nervous too, admittedly! And I shall be extremely busy, as I need to do a fair few extra voluntary hours to complete my course, on top of the course tasks themselves. But yes, I'm excited :) This September, I guess I really am going back to school!

30 comments:

K said...

You'll make a great TA, not only have you got the experience etc you've got what a lot of teachers are lacking these days, ENTHUSIASM.
xx

heart.hearth.home. said...

What an exciting time ahead for you and YES, I agree, you will be a great TA. Lucky the school that employs you after your training. Good luck! Irene

Jane said...

the school that gets you will be very lucky!!

Amy said...

Mel, this sounds wonderful for you - good luck with all the new adventures!

Cheri said...

I'm sure you'll make a wonderful TA Mel - and it sounds like a great compromise of needs and desires all around!

Alison said...

I jumped from teaching to being a TA(Special Needs) in the last few years of living in the UK..and never regretted it Mel! There's so much more actual working with children and less admin and like you I loved working with small groups and feeling that I was actually 'making a difference'. Good Luck with the new venture..you will make an excellent TA, I have no doubt about that!
Alison xx

dogmatix said...

What a great opportunity :-D Good luck with it x

scrappyjacky said...

More teaching....and less paperwork....sounds perfect.

Kirsty.a said...

Good luck. What an exciting opportunity

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Oh you'll make a terrific TA Mel and you already have your foot in the door with your current teaching role. Any school would be lucky to have you x

Sian said...

How very very exciting! TA's are heros, there is no doubt about about. All the very best of luck with your going back to school: I think we'll all be looking forward to hearing all about it

Abi said...

This is wonderful news! The TA's where I worked this year were gold! I am sure you will be fantastic. xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for you!

Jennie Hart said...

This sounds brilliant Mel and personally I love that really nice people can be fortunate too.

I think you will be an amazing TA :)

Ruth said...

I'm glad that you're so excited about your career move ~ you'll be the most excellent TA!

Missus Wookie said...

Oh how exciting! Going back to work has been stressful but everyone is getting used to it now.

Hope it is a smooth transition for you all.

Louise said...

sounds like you are looking forward to the future. Good luck.

Karen said...

Good luck with your new vocation.

Elizabeth said...

I can't imagine where teachers would be without their TAs. It does sound like a wonderful opportunity to be able to earn more money and still be available to your children.

Scrappi Sandi said...

How exciting! Good luck with everything, I don't doubt for one second you will be a complete success! :D

Lizzie said...

Wow, big decision and big change for you and the family, Mel!
Good luck with your course - you certainly will make a good TA, I'm sure of that. Lucky school, that gets "Mrs Mel" for their TA!!!

Keep us posted on your progress and all the best! XX

Melissa said...

How fun & exciting to make a change and train for something new.

I am curious though - as a certified teacher here, I would be way overqualified to be a teaching assistant, so I definitely wouldn't have to do any additional training.

The Creative Beast said...

I love reading about your plans Mel and I know it will work out exactly as it should! Good luck with the training for your new and exciting future =-)

The Mann Fam said...

What a great opportunity for you. I agree with the others: the school that gets you will be very lucky!

I have been fortunate in finding a new position. I feel so very blessed to have this position when others are struggling.

I was getting use to the forced time off so getting back to no time off is taking some getting use to again.

Jimjams said...

I'm amazed that they are making you take a course - surely as a teacher you are more than qualified??! All the best with it though - you will be brilliant!

Julie J said...

Good luck. Amazing that a qualified teacher needs to go on a course to be a teaching assistant!

Beverly said...

Many of the TAs here having their teacher degrees but for various reasons have chosen to be assistants which is a huge blessing to the schools. I love substitute teaching because I don't have to do all the planning and grading...and dealing with adults lol Veyr happy that you have figured out the good fit.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I'm so happy for you that you have come up with a plan that really seems "right" for you and your family. Good luck as you chart your new path,
Rinda

Karen said...

It sounds like a wonderful plan, Mel. Teaching full-time really does take hours and hours both away from home and at home as well. Your teaching experience will make you a great TA! Good luck with the training.

Ginger said...

That is great news for you Mel and your family :) How exciting! I wish you all the best with your new adventure.