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Why I teach: Having that 'a-ha' moment

KATHERINE BIBBY
Last updated 05:00 06/02/2013

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I am a primary school teacher.

I have been in the profession for 18 years and have taught from Year 1 through to Year 6. I have taught in a Special Education unit, I have trained in Reading Recovery but I think I have now found what I really enjoy and honestly, it surprises me.

I work with children on mathematics. I never thought it would be my thing but I am loving it.

I give those children who are having a bit of difficulty in some areas of maths, a boost. I encourage them to try and understand the importance of making mistakes and that  mistakes help me know where they are finding things tricky.

The best part of my job is that I am privileged to see students have moments where everything falls in to place and they 'get it'. Their faces light up and they smile and they know how to solve problems, they understand and they are proud of themselves. Which is fantastic. When these moments happen, the children's self-confidence increases and they become more willing to try. What they have learned in the classroom along with my input has helped them to feel better about a subject so many people have trouble with. It takes away the fear factor of it and gives students confidence in themselves and their ability to achieve.

The students are only with me for 10 weeks and at the end of it to have children not want to finish working with me because they are having fun learning and enjoying maths is brilliant. It is how learning should be.

We all learn so much more when we are having fun.


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