I am often asked, “What made you decide to become a teacher?” I have trouble answering this because it’s usually followed by, “It was because of all the holidays, right?”
The answer is no! I did not decide to become a teacher because of the amount of holidays. Sure, the holidays are nice, but that’s not a reason to choose a career path.
There are many reasons why I chose to become a teacher:
- I love spending time with young people and guiding their learning experiences.
- I love the moment when a child “gets” a concept and you can see the understanding in their eyes.
- I love the collegiality I experience everyday in my workplace.
- I love finger painting, and being messy as a form of learning.
- I love dramatic play, running scared because the sharks might eat me if I stand near the fort!
- I love listening to little people tell stories about their lives with such enthusiasm and excitement on their faces.
- I love sharing ‘lightbulb moments’ with parents and watching the smile of pride spread across their faces.
- I love feeling that I have the power to shape the future.
Recently my class participated in the South Western Sydney Regional Drama Festival. It was a LOT of work, involving two hour long bus trips for rehearsals and a matinee performance and another car trip for the night time performance, not to mention the hours spent completing paperwork! This was time that I was completely happy to sacrifice for my amazing class because the final product was a group of learners who had achieved something they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to do. All of the students represented our school with pride and performed on stage in front of a large audience, alongside primary and high school students.
I’d like to share some comments that were posted by parents in our class Edmodo group. These comments are part of the reason why I do what I do.
Well done 1-2 Orange!!!!! Job very well done…….
I personally enjoyed the night and felt very proud to be sitting in the audience and watch you all perform. Appreciate all the hard work put In Ms Howard. )))
True I couldn’t make it for the evening show, nevertheless, I thought the students were absolutely fantastic! It was such a pleasure to watch and couldn’t help but feel our school displayed the best play of all! Well done students!! You made all your parents proud
FANTABULOUS!!!! Ok where do I begin??? Mmmmm Well first of all, I must admit your teacher picked the perfect name for this class….Seriously you are ALL STARS…. I was so nervous watching you all on stage as the spotlight shone and you all had to say your lines….I don’t think I could have stood up infront of so many people and performed with so much confidence as you all did… To be only 6, 7 and 8 and perform on stage and deliver it the way you all did is an accomplishment on its own.
Second of all, Ms Howard you are an amazing teacher who did an amazing job leading this group onto the regionals. Also, a thank you to Mrs S who also helped out immensly behind the scenes.
Can I just say as a parent I am so proud of what my child has accomplished as well as the rest of the class. Sitting in that audience and watching our group up on stage was a real TREAT…. I loved every minute of it….. ÖH WHAT A NIGHT!!!!
I think we may have some Hollywood stars in the making
THANK YOU to 1/2 Orange, Ms Howard, Mrs S and Mrs N for a memorable night.
So, my question to you is, why did you decide to become a teacher?