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Why I love teaching: Teens are worth it

LARA CALLACHAN
Last updated 05:00 17/05/2013
high school
HAPPY TEACHER: They may not be everyone's favourite group, but Lara Callachan says teens are what make teaching worth it.

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We've asked teachers to tell us why they chose to get in front of the classroom, and what keeps them there.

It wasn't the money - I could have got more 'in the real world'. It wasn't the holidays as it was much easier to work for a council where every extra hour accrued time in lieu.

What it was, was the kids. I actually like teenagers!

Strange as it might seem, teens are actually a great bunch of people as a whole. Forget all the moaning about the calibre of the new generation, if you got to know them they are actually quite nice.

I like being around students, teaching them and trying to guide them towards a future of their choosing.

I get involved. Teaching is only a small part of the job. I spend weekends and holidays with my students in the outdoors.

I coordinate the Duke of Edinburgh award in the school. Many parents these days do not have the skills, time or money to take students into the great outdoors.

School is so much more than the classroom. It's about community, teamwork and challenge as well.

I had the privilege to attend the Duke of Edinburgh gold ceremony at Government House at the weekend.

Our first gold student was honoured along with others by the Govenor General for the service and achievements they had gained.

I never received the same sense of satisfaction in the two previous careers I had. Banking and working for a council did not do it for me.

Of course, there is a down side, particularly the negative comments from many in the community.

Many not involved in education are often quick to comment loudly, but have no real knowledge about it.

It's best to ignore that and focus on what is important - the kids.


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