Why I teach: You can't do it for the holidays
There are a lot of things that I love about being a teacher.
I love the way that I am constantly learning along with the children - it makes it refreshing and exciting.
The best moments are when you see the lightbulb switch on in the children. You may have been working with a child for a while on one concept and finally you see it all click into place. They are the moments that make it all worthwhile; you know that you have made progress and helped a child in their learning. It is great to see their little faces light up when they finally understand - they are so proud of themselves. It is great to be able to give them self-confidence and self-worth.
I believe that it is really important to build positive relationships with the children in my class. It helps with my behaviour management. At the moment I teach in a low-decile school; positive relationships are a big part of helping the children to feel safe in the classroom. It's lovely to be able to create an environment where they feel safe, and they feel they can come to you for help.
Even on the days when nothing seems to be going right, I walk into my classroom and there are always smiling faces waiting with something nice to say, a compliment to give, and it just brightens your day. The children are what make teaching all worthwhile.
Being a teacher in Christchurch has been especially trying. It is made even more so now with all the closures and mergers. It makes the future all that more uncertain. I have decided to head overseas for a year or two and let things settle down.
A teacher is what I have always wanted to be; now that I am one, it has exceeded my expectations. It is the career for me.
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