READER REPORT:

Why I teach: We feel immense pride

JANE SPEERS
Last updated 12:30 13/02/2013
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Most teachers do the hard yards because they love children and feel immense pride and satisfaction when their students' progress.

Despite the paper work, the Novopay debacle, and National Standards issues, I could never be deterred from doing what I consider to be the best job.

I teach at a decile one school, which means the way we are perceived by the general public is not usually positive. But we had a top ERO report for our last assessment and I teach the most awesome kids on the planet.

Our children thrive because we work incredibly hard so that every one of them gets the best chance of succeeding to their ability.

I am lucky enough to help children who may not have enough love elsewhere in their lives.

Having an innovative and forward thinking management, which is open to creative ideas for helping kids love learning, also helps.

My job means I can sing and dance, make amazing art and see a student light up when they get all their times-tables correct.

This is the most intense, unpredictable and fabulous job I have ever had - and I have had a few at nearly 50.

Remember: "If you can read this thank a teacher!"


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