What I Love About Teaching
I was recently asked to respond to some questions about my teaching experiences for a local newspaper. Doing so made me realize just how long it had been since I had really reflected upon why I love what I do.
1. What I love the most about teaching.
a) My students.
My students are amazing, and I love learning with them. Some of the best moments with my students are watching the joy of discovery. It’s wonderful to see children use their understanding of concepts and strategies, take risks and rise to any challenge.
b) There’s never a dull moment.
Teaching Grade 5 allows me to be very creative and teach a variety of subjects. In fact, there’s always something new. No two students, days, months or years are ever the same. Every class develops its own personality, which makes every year seem like quite a new experience.
c) My school
It really is a community.
2. Describe a class experience that makes teaching worthwhile:
It’s really the collective experience of the school year that makes teaching so rewarding. It’s being a part of the individual growth and development of each child, rather than any one thing or moment in time. It’s witnessing the natural curiosity, playfulness and remarkable uniqueness of every child who walks through my door that makes teaching so worthwhile.
3. What’s the best part about working with children:
The best part about working with children is getting to know my students as individuals and as a collective group. Understanding who they are helps to guide my programme and makes each year very special in its own way. My students really do inspire me, and they keep me on my toes!