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Stories From My Teaching Career

08/10/18

We asked our teachers for the most memorable stories from their teaching career and we weren't disappointed.

"I have had so many great days, where should I begin? The day that Harry couldn’t remember the name for the trees that weren’t deciduous and called them Ever After trees? Or the day he thought that Europeans used Biros as their currency? The day that Reece realised that 2p = 2 lots of 1p after an hour of teaching and a near breakdown on my behalf? The day I set my clock an hour late and arrived at school with wet hair to lead my first ever assembly to the whole infant department and their assembled parents, grannies, aunties and uncles and nannies and neighbours half way through? Or even better, the day that I was interrupted talking to a parent by an anxious four year old telling me that Alex was drinking from the toilet AGAIN? When I was having a perfectly innocent conversation with a little girl about chickens and she mentioned how chickens were born. The next moment, before I knew it, I was being treated to a lesson on EXACTLY how chickens are born... As I said, how can I choose?

When I reflect on teaching, every day is full of the unexpected, especially with young children. I’ve been teaching for so long now that I have taught hundreds of children, and could tell you stories about nearly all of them, but I honestly can’t select one day better than another. There’s something glorious about working with children and THAT moment, like the one when grammar lessons become Grandma lessons for the next two terms, and nobody remembers why. It’s those moments when you realise that teaching is worth the long days, the worry, the stress, because where else can you put on your wellies, look at worms and discuss if they’d like a blue hat?"

- Emma

 

"For some years, I was responsible for music in a primary school. I felt it was important to give every child the opportunity to perform, and so I would organise a Christmas concert every year. I used to give over the organisation to some older children – their jobs included liaising with the office and ushering, programme design, health and safety checks, computer operating, stage managing, writing introductions for acts and lighting design (which I always gave to the naughtiest child – it never failed to keep them busy and make them feel important). For a couple of days that week, everything would get a little bit glitzy and exciting, and normal activity was allowed to be suspended for the cause of putting on a good show. The best one we ever did involved breathtakingly beautiful singing, raucous singalongs, faultless professionalism from my band of year six organisers, an excellent turn from my talented school band, and an amazing finale. Years later one parent actually told me that it was the best thing she’d ever seen and something she would never forget. I had organised a secret teacher ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ flashmob. We began with just two of us on stage, that the children were used to seeing play, but then on every verse someone else from around the room joined in with drums, various other instruments and then amplified singing. The children’s faces when they realised what was happening is one of my favourite memories – as is the excited glow on the faces of children who were given a real responsibility for making something amazing happen."

- Jo

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