I got into teaching because I CARE about TEACHING! For me it's not about the holidays, how "easy" the course is, because I couldn't get a job in my chosen field and decided to do a dip. ed. or because i didn't know what else to do.
Teaching matters to me.
Volunteer teaching in the Maldives.
It's what I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was the older sister with a blank notebook, pretend computer and a little sister to boss around and play "schools" with. This is the career I have chosen to base my life around. To dedicate myself to improving the lives of children through education. To watch little people have those light-bulb moments when they finally understand something that you've explained for the hundredth time and in a million different learning styles. To build a community in the classroom where kids feel safe, welcome and celebrated. To be proud of my students accomplishments and milestones in and out of the classroom.
An art lesson on the platypus with Year 1.
I'm ready to work hard, to put countless hours into lesson planning and organisation, and to spend my free time marking student work and thinking up new and different ways to engage them. I'm ready to be exhausted at the end of the school day after constantly reminding students to "walk, not run", "play nice" and "put their hands up".
A lesson on Indigenous Australians and Indigenous Art in the Maldives.
As I continue to apply for positions and edit my selection criteria responses I wonder when the opportunity to do all these things will come true for me. It's becoming more and more obvious to me that the old saying "it's not what you know but who you know", is not just an old saying. Sure, I'm working as a casual teacher and i'm making connections in the industry. Unfortunately, the positions available for me to apply for have so far not been in the areas where I've made these connections.
So I keep on applying and I keep on writing the selection criteria. I work, I grow, I remain passionate and I wait. I wait for the job of my dreams and I hope. I hope it's not too far away.