I've been teaching now for over 14 years, and still enjoy it immensly.
I met my new classes last week, and we are in the "developing a relationship"stage which is curiously nerve-wracking to all parties concerned.
I still get "butterflies in my stomach" the first time I meet a new class, and I suppose most of my colleagues feel similar; there's an atmosphere of restrained excitement/apprehension in the staffroom on the first few days.
Getting to know the pupils is an essential component of teaching in the 21st century. No longer can we rely on the automatic respect and discipline which was evident in schools in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Today's kids have a completely different attitude to the kids of my generation. We were forced into a mould of semi-military compliance, supposedly to prepare us for life in the military (National Service had just ended) or factories (mostly a job for life), andanyone who expressed an opnion different from the norm was quickly crushed.
Today's kids are lively (sometimes too lively) but can be great fun to teach.
|Today's classes (in music and some maths classes, NOT my ICT classes.)|
Establishing a firm classroom presence, interlaced with optimism, good-humour (it's magic; I've got a captive audience of 30, and they've got to laugh!)and a planned logical approach can make for a stimulating learning environment, but it's hard work, enjoyable even though the end result may be.
Off to school now, to set the relief for the absent staff. Can you believe it, first real week of school, and I've got relief to arrange for 6 teachers.
What happened to the days of teachers coming in while coughing up blood and leaking mucus nd other bodily fluids from various orrifices?
The current generation are a bunch of wimps.
|A gun for wimps|
|Not a gun (or a lady) for wimps (I use the word lady advisedly, as her's is bigger than mine) (All three of them)|