Day 7: Love My Work

To love your work as a teacher, there are a few things that you should enjoy:

  • Spending many hours with children. Working with young children requires patience and understanding of how their inexperienced minds work; working with adolescents requires patience of a different kind – and a willingness to talk about a wide range of topics.
  • Being creative. The best lessons are those in which the children are actively engaged. Being creative allows one to think of various activities and games that the children can enjoy.
  • Taking risks. A desire to try something new can lead to an improved learning experience. Ideas and activities do not always work out but they will add to your experience as a teacher.
  • Putting in the extra time at home so that the children in your class can benefit from the extra effort. Teaching is not a 9-5 job. Instead, work is done after hours and often on weekends.

Enjoyment of children, creativity and trying new things are factors that lead me to loving my work. I have tried working at office jobs – but I always return to the classroom.

photo (52)© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was written for the FMF 31 day challenge hosted by Kate Motaung. Today’s prompt: love)

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12 thoughts on “Day 7: Love My Work

  1. I think being a school teacher is one of the most important and sometimes underestimated jobs there are. Some people assume it’s not that difficult to be a teacher for toddlers for example, but if you get to know about the evolutionary psychology and the didactics of the teaching you realize it’s way more complex and challenging to teach children something. I haven’t been really teaching myself since I studied it more on a theoretical and pedagogical level with the eye on making a contribution to the change of educational systems, but a lot of observation tasks during my studies and some practical teaching classes made me see how much work and effort there has to be put in, and how big your joy can be when you see children evolving and being creative.

    It also seems the education/parenting of the children is sometimes more and more put into the hands of the school and teachers – because the parents are too busy or don’t wanna put much effort into the upbringing of their children. It would be interesting to know your thoughts on this topic.

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    1. One does have to understand the developmental stage of the child you are working with. There are certain things that younger children have difficulty with because they are physically not ready for (such as holding a pencil). We need to realise that each child learns at his/her won pace and that they will eventually learn the skill. And it is certainly a joy for both the parent and the teacher when a child becomes skilled at a task. And yes, if a parent spends more time with their child practising these required skills (such as cutting paper with a scissors), the child will be more successful at school in the early years.

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