Jo Brighouse

Goodbye to the class that made me doubt myself

Faced with an unruly class, this primary teacher said she tried everything possible to take full control – and admits that she never succeeded

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The final few days of term can be an emotional rollercoaster. Predominantly exhaustion tempered with a last-minute reluctance to part with a class you have nurtured since September. This year was different, however. The only emotion I felt at handing this class into someone else’s care was one of deep relief.

Because teaching, this year, has mostly been about behaviour management. I was warned they were a challenging class but the first two days were fine (they always are). As soon as September’s behavioural honeymoon had worn off, the boundaries were tested. After that, it was relentless.

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