This term has been busy, enlightening and extremely challenging! So much so that I have found myself reflecting on WHY do I TEACH?…the simple answer is that I love learning and working with children. In a time when I was searching for help it was my students who came to the rescue!
This quote reflects what happened to me during a hectic term of coaching, co-planning, teaching, writing reports and participating in student led conferences…the business of the day to day teaching and the general workload played havoc with my well being.
So how did the children help to heal me?
- Through their eagerness to learn
- Acceptance of each others strengths and weaknesses
- Positive attitudes and always doing their best
- Their gift of laughter and a joy of loving
- Respect for self, others and their environment
During student led conferences, one of my students arrived with a special gift for me…a plant aptly named “Rabbit Ears” (long leaves that felt just like velvet) and with an enormous smile she explained to me all about the plant. Attached was a card with the words “Thank you” and this meant the world to me. It was during many of the student led conferences that I began to realise just why I do teach…watching how confidently the children shared their learning with their parents and with great pride they explained the tasks and how they knew that these indeed were their strengths and areas they would like to continue to work on. Being able to support these students by providing them with opportunities to develop life skills, that they can apply to a variety of situations and assist them in becoming creative contributors and innovative problem solvers for a changing world is WHY I TEACH.
Young children are intuitive and without being asked they seek to help, from a simple hug to an amazing response in a maths task about chance!
At the heart of what I do is the “child” and knowing this builds a better picture of why I continue to strive to improve my skills as a teacher. Teaching is a profession where we never stop learning and part of that learning this term for me has been around my recognition of what caring for my well being entails. Seeking help is a positive solution and being able to identify symptoms is integral to caring for your well being too.
Being part of a collaborative team has been another great factor in my reasoning about why I teach and the fact that they have supported me through a challenging term has helped the healing process. I know that I have high expectations of myself both as an individual and as a professional but that’s who I am….I AM A TEACHER!