Everyone has an aim in life. Without any proper aim no one can grow in life. My aim in life is to become a good teacher. Educating little children is a real blessing. I shall teach in a school and give my students the gift of knowledge. Children are the future of our country. Being a teacher I would be able to bring happiness and laughter in the lives of these little flowers. There are many children who do not know what to do in their lives. I would guide and help them to learn and become good citizens of the country. I want to teach in such a way so that students can follow their dreams. Becoming a teacher would mean shaping the lives of others. I believe a good teacher is a challenge and can bring about changes in the life of many.
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I actually became a teacher because of my fantastic year 3 and 4 teachers when I was at primary school. My year 3 teacher, Mr Murcott, was just wonderful at French's Forest Primary school, on the northern beaches of Sydney. His lessons were hilariously fun. My strongest memory is learning speed reading with him, he'd put stuff up on the projector and go faster and faster and faster. We loved it. So, I really knew I'd be a teacher from the age of eight.
Then I went to Mimosa Public School and had another brilliant teacher for year 4. Mr Bradford was really big on sport. He used to take us to train at softball and T-ball (which is a bit like baseball) every single day. We had to work really hard in the morning to cram all our work in so we could earn the time to practice all afternoon. Teachers could do things like this in the 1970s.
I was really lucky through my whole primary school years with my teachers. I didn't like high school so much. My dad died when I was in year 10, so that screwed up my last couple of years at school. I ended up being four marks off what I needed to do a teaching degree so I went to work in a bank for two years then applied as a mature student. I did a three year teaching diploma at the University of Technology in Sydney then I came to the UK and did supply for two years. In the early 1990s there were loads of supply teachers from Australia in UK schools, in my school alone there were seven of us. I went back to Australia and did my last year at college to complete my degree then I came back here.
I always wanted to teach at primary school level, maybe because of my inspirational primary teachers but also because I guess I'm someone who prefers a bit of variety, teaching one subject all the time would drive me nuts.
I've loved teaching. I wouldn't be doing it now if I didn't. I take all the bad with the good. I'm a positive character so try to take things with a bit of a pinch of salt. We have a saying in Australia: "same shit, different smell". And I guess that sums it up. While the grass may looks greener, in reality there's shit in every job you'll ever do. That's just the reality. I try to focus on the good stuff. Like when the kids come back later and say it was their best year or when I know I've turned children or parents around to learning. You don't do it for those end of term thank you cards, but you do get some nice comments.
The kids are brilliant. In many ways we sell them short. We should ask them what they want for their education; they're not lazy, they know what they want and if we help set their expectations higher they will go for it. I see a big part of my job is to expose them to higher expectations beyond wanting to be a footballer.
The downside of the job is 'teacher guilt' and lack of time. You can feel guilty about not thinking about school every minute. You have that Sunday feeling as you know you have to work at least one day of your weekend, and that's after working a 60 hour week. You have to force yourself not to allow your job to cut into your own family time; my son needs me too. I have now set aside Wednesday night as date night which is purely for my partner and I do the same with my son, who was laying in my book corner at sixth months. It can be really frustrating when the government start talking about schools being open until eight to allow parents more time to work and cutting school holidays. What about our family time?
The upside is how fabulous the children are. It's a child's first-steps feeling every single day when your pupils do something they couldn't do or when you show them interesting stuff - often the most satisfying is the off the piste stuff. I throw in Japanese and sign language into my lessons for the hell of it. Learning is fun and all the cool stuff is out there.
There aren't many jobs out there in which you have the chance to be so creative and artistic. Of course, the government have tried to dumb down so much of teaching and the new rulings about unqualified teachers are madness. I was always say when a robot can come and teach then that's when I want out. Education policy has always been a bit of a swinging pendulum in both Australia and England. Whoever gets the poisoned chalice of the education minister job wants to make their mark before they go onto another area. But at the end of the day, these are real people getting screwed over. The whole GCSE results thing makes me very sad. I know what it's like to not get into something by a couple of marks and it's devastating.
After my first decade of teaching, I felt I needed a break. I'd been stuck in my job and was desperately looking for opportunities for management but at my school it was a bit of a dead man's shoes situation. You literally had to wait for someone to drop dead in order to progress which is not exactly healthy. I ended up getting a deputy head job but then took a three year break from teaching in the media, which was a great experience. I kept in the loop by working one day a fortnight in a school.
I think it's really good for teachers to have a break for so many reasons, not least just to give you a bit of brain space. Teachers work so hard it's easy to burn out. Having this break was the best thing I ever did, but it was difficult to get back into teaching at the level I'd left the profession. I soon realised I wasn't being considered for roles which I should have been stepping back into. One of the criteria for most shortlists is to have two years recent classroom experience, which basically means they want you do be in the classroom for the last two years. So, even though I'd been in many classrooms for the previous two years, and had a wide range of directly relevant experience such as speaking to the department for education directly, I wasn't being shortlisted. Strangely I ended up doing supply teaching in a school where I'd just applied for a job as deputy head. After I'd been there for a few days I was asked to interview for the key stage leader job and got the job. That's the only downside I'd say on leaving the treadmill, stepping back on can be difficult as education moves on so quickly.
So, now I'm back into teaching. I'd missed it a lot in my three year break. At the end of the summer holidays, I'm really looking forward to the new term. My partner says I'm crazy as in two weeks I'll be stressed out. But teaching is a bit like child birth, you forget the painful stuff and go on and do it all again. If teachers didn't have a summer break they'd all have nervous breakdowns.
So my advice for those new to the profession or in training is:
• Find or don't give up on a hobby that lets you switch off at some point in the week. You have to have an outlet – and alcohol isn't the answer. You'll be so busy, you have to be really firm with yourself to make the time but you have to have an off switch. You can't run at full power all the time. I know really good teachers who spend all hours working and have run themselves into the ground. I always encourage teachers I'm mentoring or line managing to take some time out. The pay off is worth it. You'll become a more chilled teacher who can cope with the drama. Teaching is always on a knife edge, it's like keeping a lid on a boiling kettle much of the time.
• Try not to take yourself too seriously - have a bit of a laugh. Don't be too precious about everything. Let yourself be flexible; teaching is one of those jobs which changes all the time. So many times the head will walk in while I'm up the front of the class literally singing and dancing to the times tables or whatever. But we like to have fun.
• In class, value the kids. Treat them like humans. If you respect them they are far more likely to respect you.
• Try to learn to have the courage of your convictions, I know that comes with experience but remember if you've just qualified or are doing your PGCE you are the one with access to all the new ideas. Hopefully you'll find a school that appreciates that. I think mentoring should be a two way street, a sharing of ideas and experience.
• Don't be afraid to go off piste sometimes. The official guidelines can be arbitrary and don't always make sense. For example in KS2 science we officially teach the water cycle but not precipitation. I teach my students all about the weather and certainly don't miss out hail and hurricanes and all the dramatic stuff that will really get them interested.
• Steal anything you see that works in a classroom. I do and I'm quite blatant about it. I'm happy for anyone to steal anything from me. Basically you need to become a chilled out kleptomaniac.
Andrew Kite teaches at Liberty Primary School in Mitcham, in the London Borough of Merton where he is KS2 leader. This year he is teaching a Year 3 class. He has been teaching for 20 years.
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