So, it has been two years since I wrote one of these posts. This year has been amazing (and challenging) and I am so looking forward to next year as I can just feel it will be a good one. I am writing about my reflections on this year first. Hopes for next year will follow soon.
Reflections on 2015
Becoming a Mama - So I am now a mama and this has been an immense experience. It has opened up a part of myself that I had no idea existed and allowed me to experience the most unselfish love there is. Such an honour. I made the decision to go back to work and be a mama too and it has been absolutely the right decision for me. I have always been so passionate about teaching and Tilly has made me even more aware of how important a job I have in being a part of shaping the future that she will grow up into. How lucky am I that I now have two jobs I cherish.
Book Number One – My very first book, all of my own, was published by Bloomsbury this year; How to Survive an Ofsted Inspection. Writing this was a wonderful experience and I feel so lucky to have been asked to write the book. I know the Ofsted criteria seems to change like the days of the week at times recently but I am completely happy that my advice and guidance in this book applies regardless of all those changes. My heart is in this book and I adored writing it.
Book Number Two – While on maternity leave I wrote my second book and this was a whole different kettle of fish. I have written the first of a CPD library for Bloomsbury and it is all about Marking and Feedback. The process of fully focusing in on one element of teaching for an entire book was enlightening. I loved researching, I so enjoyed the deep reflection I went through in the process of writing the book. I am also excited to have been asked to be the series editor for the entire series. I remember when my editor spoke to me about the initial idea of the series and I knew it could be amazing. The discussions and planning sessions we have had since have been really quite fascinating to be involved in. We have some amazing books on their way soon. Watch this space!
Future Leaders - I have, at last, able to begin my exciting journey with Future Leaders this Summer. The training I received over the two week intensive course and training days so far have really have absolutely helped me have a great year so far. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of the course as the year goes on.
What a year. Happy holidays everyone.