Forty Pieces of Teaching Joy - Week 4
“im super exited and i can't believe that we are putting on a play!!!
this is so awesome.” (Clearly the only grammar we are teaching in schools is exclamation marks!)
2. Listening to the childhood memories of my seniors in a class workshop.
3. The arrival of the nun costumes for our Creative Arts evening.
4. Work that engages my students to the extent that they stay in all lunch because they don’t want to stop.
5. Tutor group birthday celebrations.
6. The cheer and the smile of the teacher who sits behind me. Her joy is catching!
7. Being able to help a student in need.
8. Watching faces light up as year 9 discuss their roles for our play.
9. The opportunity to push my students outside their comfort zone.
10. Starting The Genius Project with year 10. (More to come on this.)
11. Hearing from the kids what they really want to learn about at school. (More to come on this too!)
12. Laughing to the point of crying after finding an error in a film we are showing to an audience of hundreds next week. (Note: We don’t have time to refilm! At least we can laugh about it.)
13. Rehearsing an excerpt from Matilda with year 7 and 8. So cute!
14. The idea to use Marianne Williamson’s poetry as a script resulting in twenty students repeating over and over again, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…”
15. Students that remember lunch time rehearsals and happily attend.
16. This beautiful note from a student.
18. A cow visiting my classroom with a “Free Hugs” sign around her neck. (At first I though it said “Free Eggs” and I was slightly confused.)
19. Hearing my student’s ideas and excitement around The Genius Project.
20. The chance to pass on some wisdom about happiness.
21. The moment in a student’s performance that made every other kid go “Oh, we get what Miss is saying now.”
22. Cupcakes at staff morning tea.
23. Students that complete their homework above and beyond what is asked.
24. Telling my daughter that she could accompany me to a Sunday rehearsal. #teacherinthemaking
25. The kid that asks a hundred questions. She asks because she doesn’t want to let me down.
26. Students talking about what their mums mean to them.
27. Someone took the time to leave this thought in my pigeon hole - “You add such colour and energy and passion to these halls and I just thought you should hear that.” Yep, I needed to hear that this week.
28. Ok…. someone’s locker stunk and I don’t do smells well. So, a little piece of joy included a colleague who came and helped me find the source of the smell! Beyond grateful.
29. An ex-prac student sending me a resource he introduced me to last year… which I happened to lose in my somewhat creative filing cabinet.
30. A meeting about Creative Arts evening with two easy-going staff members who make my job so freaking easy.
31. Early morning starts meaning I have the photocopier to myself.
32. An AP who drops what she is doing to help out whenever needed.
33. Waking up with the most amazing idea to assist younger students with dyslexia. All I can say is #watchthisspace .
34. One of my students has been having some medical tests. Today she told me the biopsy came back clear. Her relief was palpable.
35. A conversation about a kid with another teacher. She said, “I spoke with her mother and all she could say is how much she loves drama.” :)
36. An excursion resulting in a cancelled rehearsal. Why? It meant I got my lunch break for the first time all week!
37. Ok, I saw some AMAZING work from my year 9’s today as they took a leap and stepped out of their comfort zone. MIND BLOWN! I was left completely speechless. I need to find somewhere to show this work.
38. Watching fifty kids run around the basketball courts sword fighting, playing tip, creating dance moves and secret handshakes, wheel barrow racing from one end to the other and making friends as they go. Completely made my afternoon.
39. The first rehearsal for my production. So much energy, so much fun! Every time I introduced a cast member everyone cheered. Seriously the BEST afternoon in a long time.
40. A husband that completely gets the demands of this job and supports me 100%. Behind every great teacher is an even greater partner!