Monday, 7 May 2018

8 Reasons I'm Excited to Be 'Just a Teacher'

I’ve mentioned a few times that I’m stepping down from leadership to be ‘just a class teacher’ next year. Some people think I’m nuts for choosing to take such a step back but I couldn’t be happier. Leadership isn’t for everyoneand I’ve learnt that it’s not for me, or at least not right now. I’m so excited to step back into the classroom and here’s why…

 Relationship with the kids – I miss the relationships I used to have with my kids when I was a full-time class teacher with no extras.

  Time – Being responsible for 8 classes and 3 year groups leaves me with no time. Ever! I can’t wait to be able to breathe a little bit more.

  Less responsibility – Having responsibility for 8 classes of the youngest students in the school is huge. I’m not 8 people and I can’t be everywhere and I find myself having to manage so many situations that I’m not directly responsible for. This comes with the role of leadership, but I just don’t want it any more. 

  No more difficult conversations - Difficult conversations are never fun are they? Having to tell somebody they have done something wrong, or even worse, don’t have a job anymore. Both things I have had to do as a leader and I don’t want to be the person who ever has to do that again.

 Knowledge that I’m doing a good job - The kids in my class never quite get 100% because I’m pulled in so many different directions. I know what a good lesson should look like and it’s rare I walk away from a lesson feeling like I taught a great lesson. Don’t get me wrong, my kids are doing fine, but I’m looking forward to my own job satisfaction next year.

  Be more creative– Progress of the department rests on my shoulders and we challenge the children and get results, but I miss the fun creative side to teachingthat I love. I can’t wait to do more of that next year.

 Rediscover myself– I used to be a nice person but I feel like leadership has turned me into a bit of an asshole. I have developed huge balls, because I needed to but I much preferred the person I was. I was nice, friendly and happy. Now I feel like I’m antisocial at work and not the person I was. 

  Live– I’m not the kind of person who can leave work behind and I spend so much time stewing on difficult conversations and feeling frustrated. I never did that before and I really hope I can go back to that and live and enjoy my life again without the added pressure. It’s just not worth it for me! 

So yeah, lots of reasons I can’t wait to step back into the classroom. I have 7 weeks left in leadership and still have lots of difficult things to deal with before the end of the year, but the end is in sight and I couldn’t be happier! 

Follow along on my teaching journey.

I’m excited for next year! What do you enjoy about your job?



  1. I had a little chuckle reading huge balls �� Excuse my immaturity �� Nikki, if this is what you want to do then go ahead and I wish you the best of luck �� A person should have a passion for what they doing when it comes to their job, especially if it takes up most of their life. It seems like to me your passion lies with teaching, so you would indeed thrive with that!

    1. Haha! Thanks, I definitely think it was the best decision for me. I can't wait to not lead anymore and just teach and live!! xx


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