I’ve always wanted to be a teacher and I love teaching but as we all know there are good days and there are difficult and challenging days too. Teaching isn’t a 9-5 job, teachers are constantly thinking about school, their classrooms, things that aren’t working, things that could work, and of course ‘their kids’. We are now approaching midterm – just 1 week to go so I can imagine there are a lot of tired teachers around! We had a school tour today and I am just exhausted now!
The lightbulb moment
When you teach a difficult concept in Maths and in the beginning the majority of the class look at you blankly. You reassure them (before panic sets in) and try different strategies. Eventually you notice a few children beginning to grasp the concept, followed by a second group and slowly but surely each child begins to understand.
Everyday is different
No two days are the same so you never get bored. Working with children means you never know what might happen. As a teacher you can have everything planned and organised and sometimes you needs to shelve it all and just go with what is happening in the classroom instead! While this is not always ideal – it certainly makes the job interesting!
I really love seeing a child make great progress – this might be something as simple as sitting and working independently for 10 minutes to having the skills needed to maintain a conversation. Seeing children mature and helping them to develop the skills they will need throughout their lives is really brilliant.
When you put your hand in the air and within seconds you have complete quiet and 28 pairs of eyes looking at you. There is a little feeling of ‘I’ve got this! I’m in control!’ (however briefly it lasts).
Or when you are teaching something that you are really passionate about and the children are all listening intently to what you are saying, hanging on your every word!
When a child or a parent says thank you – when they recognise the work you have done and show they really appreciate it. It means the world to hear that you have made a difference.