I feel at the moment I’m pretty negative most of the time about what I do and sometimes I need to take a step back and remember why I do this job. I do it because I am lucky enough to work with a bloody fantastic group of kids, who make me laugh on a daily basis and when I’m feeling shit will always put a smile on my face.
A few of my fave teaching moments:
1. On a residential trip with year 7 we had to clear the tables and chairs at the end of quiz night ready for breakfast the next morning. This turned into several members of staff and a group of around twenty 12 year olds dancing and singing round the hall like something out of Grease. Cheesy as hell but so special at the same time!
2. The results day where one of my hardest working students found out she’d got into Cambridge. As soon as I walked into school she gave me an enormous hug, which brought tears to my eyes (especially as the night before I’d dreamt she hadn’t got in!)
3. After going through a particularly crap time at work I had to leave a class briefly to compose myself (over emotional mess that I was!) I returned to find one of the class had brought up a Maths games and was guest hosting the class to keep them entertained! What a darling boy, and I’ll be forever grateful.
4. When my very first form left in Year 11, they had organized to have a plate signed by each of the form, which they presented to me on our last form time. I’d made them all up a goody bag with a card inside. I didn’t get to do my “leaving speech” as I welled up as soon as I started talking but 7 years after they left I remember them all so fondly.
5. When I first started teaching I had the most horrendous Year 9 class who made my life hell. It took a lot of time and effort to get them on board, but they ended up being my favourite class that I then took through to years 10&11. Getting a bunch of lovely thank you cards from them is one of my loveliest memories.
When I think about all the amazing times I’ve had, every single one of them is focused around the pupils. And there are so many general every day special moments that occur which make me stay in the job. The parent who tells you how much their child is enjoying your lesson, the kid who you watch grow in confidence over the course of the year, the pupil who puts their trust in you enough to tell you what’s going on in their life.
So whilst I may moan a bit. Okay, okay, I moan a lot (just be glad you don’t have to work with me), I still love being in the classroom and being with the pupils. Our teenagers are an amazing group of young people and I am honoured to work with them.