(Image taken by Martin Burrett)
I'm currently sat by a pool soaking up the Spanish sun. I've just read a book cover to cover. Magic.
The book? The Alchemist.
It's a fable about a boy called Santiago who, despite facing many difficulties, follows his dreams, or his 'Personal Legend'.
It left me thinking about my own 'Personal Legend' and how that relates to teaching.
Just like Santiago, we are all tested as educators. Unnecessary admin tasks, unmanageable marking, difficult staff, short deadlines, disgruntled parents, inactive governors, the constant curriculum changes, even troublesome students. Each of them tests our strengths and weaknesses, and, hopefully, we are wiser for the experience.
The way I see it, teaching can't be that bad. If it was then why did so many people turn up to #TMLondon, many of them halfway through their Easter break?
The answer is simple. When we forget about the daily dramas and see through the political fog, we are left with something quite nice: we are all there to make a difference. To make a difference to the lives of those we teach by sharing our love of learning. Whatever your subject specialism, there is a common purpose shared by all. Perhaps, collectively, each of our 'Personal Legends' is contributing to a greater 'Public Legend'?
If so, what a powerful meeting of minds TMLondon was! Each of us there to be better at what we do. I marvelled at the sheer volume of inspiration.
Each of the speakers shared something useful to remember. Wise words from Jill, Mary, Richard and Alex resonated. The practical talks from Stephen, Mark, Amjad, Martin and Andy were just brilliant. We were spoilt for choice.
It was also great to finally meet up with teachers who I communicate with on Twitter. There really are some wonderful teachers out there making a real difference. What a profession to be proud of.
My final thought is one I always return to. It's something Jill holds in high regard, too. Relationships. Positive relationships make positive schools. Let's make our schools the best places for our students to learn. They, after all, have their own 'Personal Legends' to follow.
'That's what alchemists do. They show that, when we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better, too.'
I'll tag people properly when I have a decent wifi!