The joys of teaching: colleagues share their insights

26/4/2017
Joy of learning

The teachers from Holy Trinity, Granville share why they find teaching such a joy. 

Amy Press - "I knew that I wanted to be a teacher when I was in Year 9 and have enjoyed each and every moment. Of course it is always the students who daily provide the best feedback any worker could ever want. 

My work in Learning Support, and especially Reading Recovery, has given me a gift as a teacher that I never thought I would have received. Teaching students who need to learn to read, when conventional methods have failed, is life saving for the child. 

At a very young age they realise that they are different and when you have taught them to read and they thank you, from the mouth of a six year old, it is the greatest gift or payment any teacher could ever receive.

Jessica Rapesoska - Joy: A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. And I experience it daily when seeing smiling faces of 31 five-year olds awaiting your arrival each morning.
 
When a child says thank you without being reminded. When a child repeats your expressions out of context… “Hmm, interesting”, whilst I’m reminding children to show their learning body.
 
When I hear a smiling child tell their friend, “You’re filling up my bucket!” 
 
When a child demonstrates their understanding of a concept, WITHOUT prompting.
 
When you miss one day and the children look at you like you’ve been gone forever.
 
When a child says “Well done!” to their friends.
 
When you see God within each child as they smile and say good bye at the end of every day.

The joy in teaching is in the little moments, the small steps. It’s in knowing that you are changing the world, one smiling five-year old at a time.

Claudette Loulach - At heart, I love teaching more than anything else I’ve ever done. 
At heart, I know the joy of teaching, and the pain of it, too. With so much pressure, paperwork and data collection it seems so hard to find happiness in our day-to-day experiences. 

However, each day comes with a new challenge and a newfound joy in what I do. 

Persistence is where I find my joy. A child's ability to become deeply absorbed in something, and derive intense pleasure from that absorption, is something adults spend the rest of their lives trying to return to. 

When a child is persistent in gaining new knowledge, learning a new skill or even persistent in class discussions. This is I find my joy in teaching.


Posted By By CathEd Parra at 28/04/2017 3:50:31 PM
 
   
  
 

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