I’ve been teaching for 14 or 15 years. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do after school but ended up at college getting my teaching diploma in 1997. I’ve been teaching since 1998, with various time-outs for travel and other interesting global adventures. Like most teachers, I have good days and bad days, good lessons and not so good ones.
Reasons that I think why I have always come back to teaching:
- I am qualified and able to get a teaching job relatively easily
- I’m a good teacher, good at what I do and I enjoy it!
- I’m never satisfied in my learning, I always want more – more knowledge, more growth
I hardly see myself as a veteran or some grand old educator forever to be remembered in the corridors of old school buildings, but I work hard and do my best, not just for my students, but also for my fellow colleagues and school. I have learnt (and continue to learn) many of my own lessons in my time in class. I want to share my own thoughts with you.
Here is my own personal list of the things that I think make a good teacher. You will see that some of them perhaps go against what your school or train of thought might dictate but remember that this is me, not you. Take what’s good and leave the rest. I’m not the perfect teacher and still have lots to learn but each day is fresh and you never know the dynamics coming your way.