Thoughts on teaching

20 Jan

We have been back at school for two weeks now, intermittently interrupted by snow, and I am really enjoying it. I feel very lucky to be able to go to work every day in the company of 21 wonderful children. It is such a joy to watch them succeed and grow over the year and I’m already starting to dread the end of the year when they leave.
This weekend, I watched (not for the first time) an excellent French documentary called Être et avoir (To be and to have) which follows the life of a teacher and his twelve children in a tiny village school. I was really struck by how similar classroom life can be, even within vastly different communities and cultures.
The teacher, George Lopez, sums up his life and work when he says,
“It takes time and personal involvement but the children give that back to you”
I agree with this wholeheartedly, it must be one of the most fulfilling professions there is (of course, not without it’s difficulties) and I feel very privileged to be part of it.

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The view from my work window this week.

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