With our return to school coming up tomorrow, I am faced with an all too familiar scenario.
The summer holidays are finished and I will be going back to a brand new class.
I love teaching and have now been doing so for 16 years. I have spent most of my life in school, as a student and then as a teacher.
You would think I would be used to it.
But despite that I still get first day of term nerves.
I still wonder whether I can really do it.
I know that tomorrow when I walk through the door, and look at the faces of my students I will feel the familiar buzz of being in the classroom, I will feel as though I have returned to where I belong.
Yet tonight, the fear will be real. I will wonder whether I can still keep their attention. I will wonder whether I can keep up with the frequent changes in education. And yes, I will wonder whether my class will actually like me.
It’s something that really doesn’t ever go away.
It is in many ways not that different to how many of my students will also be feeling.
They will be wondering whether I will like them, whether I will be kind, whether I will understand them.
So I say this to them.
Tonight it’s ok to feel nervous. It’s normal to do so. Change is hard.
Just remember that you can do this. You are brave. You are strong. And you can do this.
Remember that your friends, and yes even your teachers are nervous too.
But as well as being nervous, remember to save just a little bit of room for excitement too.
Because as well as being scary, a new year is really exciting too.
It’s a fresh start, a brand new slate, a chance to be whoever you want to be.
You can do this.
Do you know how I know?
Because I can too x