Ross is an Assistant Headteacher and aspiring Deputy Headteacher, passionate about learning. He currently blogs for the Guardian Teacher Network and is a thinker for ONSchool Free School. Ross is an ASCL UK Council representative for the London region. In 2004, he won "The Guardian Award for Teacher of the Year in a Secondary School in London" and is a former SSAT DT Lead Practitioner.
As the end of thebreak draws nigh, I’m left about the return to and all that this entails. My mind buzzes with lesson planning, resource-creating, teaching, assemblies; duties, , , parents, paperwork, meetings; the highs, the lows, the drama and the laughter… The list is endless.
The familiar shift from off-duty to switched-on has begun. Through this heavy mist of the things to plan before the term starts, poses one particular question to me, as clear as crystal as ice-water; the word ‘why’.
This word is the one thing that really staysfor me through all my preparations. Whether I am lesson planning or organising meetings, it won’t leave me. The question hovers overhead, smiling knowingly and nodding. If the answer to that makes you happy, then I guess you are one with the world, even on difficult days. I question ‘why’ most of the time, because it keeps me in check; it keeps me focused and relights my passion on the darkest days; I want this to be the case for my students also.