“Me? I’m not a Miss, I am a Mr, Mr Jeffery”
“Oh, Mr Jeffery”
This is a conversation that I had on a weekly basis during my time as a Primary Sports Coach. This was something that I predominantly found in Key Stage 1 and occasionally in Key Stage 2. However, I am pleased to announce that I have only had this conversation once during my training year and this was during my Early Years placement.
The transition from a Sports Coach to a Primary Teacher has been tough, but it has also been one of the best decisions I have ever made. Now, I’m going to be honest, prior to the course, I did have some questions of doubt:
It is completely normal to have these types of questions running through your head because it is going to be a huge change and any type of change is scary! However, from my experience, this chance has paid off because by the end of my second placement, I was able to answer these questions.
As I have stated before, it is completely normal to doubt yourself and wonder if this is going to be the right path for you. If you are reading this and you are wondering whether to take the plunge, then make sure you read my top tips below.
5 top tips if you want to make the switch:
1. Accept that it is going to be different – it is going to feel weird going into a school in smart clothing and teaching children in a classroom at first, but it will soon become the norm.
2. Make sure that you are organised – make sure that you keep on top of your planning and other tasks because if you don’t, you can quite easily fall behind which could make your life harder.
3. Always make sure that you ask questions – remember that your mentors have been through the same process and have probably asked those questions before. There is no such thing as a silly question!!!!
4. Never let your sporty side go – remember that a lot of children in your class will have a similar passion for sport, you can utilise and implement that passion across the curriculum (see an example that I used in a Maths warm up below).
5. Don’t expect to be the finished article straight away – just like your coaching journey, you will become a better practitioner through experiences and CPD opportunities. Even experienced teachers have stated that they are still learning and are continually developing their own practice.