Describe your day as a trainee teacher 


During a typical day as a trainee teacher, many things can happen. I usually begin my day with a set routine in the mornings to get myself prepared for the day ahead. Most mornings I jump into the car thinking about what I have to do that day, among these things are how my lessons will plan out, what jobs I have to do today and what’s the first things I’m going to say to my students in that first class.

I arrive at school at 8 AM ready for a brand new day as if every day resets itself continuously. I walk through the front doors embracing the moment of quietness that will only last until 8:30 AM. At that point, everything kicks off like the start of the race.  Teachers at printers, teachers making their tea for the day, teachers marking books and preparing their classes. Students rushing around, students chatting to their friends, students playing in the yard. 

When that first bell goes, the anticipation of the lesson kicks in, you quickly run through your first words you’re going to say before they come through the door, and as soon as they come in, the nerves vanish. All of a sudden teacher mode kicks in, the brain is an automatic and the lesson begins. Some lessons fast, some lesson slow, no two lessons being the same! To me that’s what makes the job exciting. 

As you go through the day, breaks come and go quickly, and lessons flyby. Before you know it, the school is at the end of the day and you’re already packing up to go home ready to prepare the next day’s lessons and resources. 

When you jump in the car for the way home, you evaluate how each day went, the good the bad, and the ugly, and you think to yourself what you can do better. No day is a perfect day, no less is a perfect lesson but you know tomorrow is a new day to improve on. 

When you get home, you know half the evening will be spent on tomorrow’s work but other teachers reassure you that it gets easier so you carry on day after day and embrace each day as it comes. A day of a trainee teacher is no easy one but very rewarding and enlightening one.

By Ben Robbins