Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding Features English National Curriculum Al Ain
Al Bateen Academy

FS2 - Year 3 PYP Primary School, Year 7-13 Secondary School. Mixed

Very Good English National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme,IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMME Abu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

Outstanding English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Good American Massachusetts State Curriculum Abu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not Applicable English National Curriculum Abu Dhabi
  • 14 Mar, 2017
  • Al Yasmina Academy

So we have a time table and a routine, a dress code and rules, a structure to our day – but I would argue that the only thing typical about a school day is its unpredictability and I mean that in the best possible way. 
Most teachers, if asked, will tell you that they got into teaching because they: a) love their subject, b) love working with young people or c) a combination of the two.  Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that part of what attracts us to the role is the unpredictability of our day to day.

It’s perhaps a little hard to imagine when you think of all the effort we put into creating structure around us but the unpredictability often comes because you are dealing, one to one, with a myriad of different personalities. For a secondary teacher that’s between fifteen to twenty or more teenagers on the hour, an average of five times a day. 

Let that sink in. 

These encounters can range from enlightening to challenging to entertaining at lightening speed. There are those moments when you’ve planed your lesson on Shakespeare’s lifetime to within an inch of its life and you know how this is going to work out with year 8. It’s on your PowerPoint! (To a teacher in 2017 this can mean the equivalent of being writ in stone) but your year 8s have other ideas. They are far more fascinated with the fact that Shakespeare was born and died on the same day (fifty two years a part of course) – this gets them talking about the strangest coincidences that they’ve read online or heard about from their families.

The beauty of what we do is to find a way to bring that slightly left field excitement to our topic without killing the fun or the enthusiasm.

So in a way yes, a typical school day means be prepared for change. Accept that the students in front of you are not names on a page or statistic to be achieved. They are people. Interesting, amusing, temperamental and wonderful young people. They have opinions (which they do not hesitate to share) and they have insecurities (which they try very hard to hide). So as a teacher, the best part of our job is getting to figure out how these young people sat in front of us tick so that we can create for them inspirational experiences in our classrooms.