Do it this week coming.
You will be surprised by the nourishing energy it returns to you.
Forty Pieces of Teaching Joy - Week 3
1. Great kids thinking about how they can make the world a better place.
2. Writing two exams in one day! (Note: Not sure I have done this in 15 years of teaching!)
3. Missing a meeting. I missed a meeting after reading an email incorrectly. It happens right? Anyway, after I completely freaked out that I had made this error, I recalled the amount of work I got done in the time I was meant to be in this meeting (aka writing two exams).
4. The Zombie Game. #itsadramateacherthing
5. Watching year 9 perform a recipe as though it was a war movie. “300g of butter. Add the butter and whisk it. WHISK it. (Insert war sound effects here).” Yes, there was a point to this activity. #itsadramateacherthing
6. Art teachers that make stuff for you that you can’t make.
7. Watching students who have little confidence become leaders in Drama.
8. The diversity of my i-Tunes library.
9. The power of TED talks as a teaching tool. Who will I invite to my classroom today?
10. Getting away from work earlier then expected and hence, having time to get that blue piece of material I needed for that one scene.
11. Seeing year 12’s work for the week completely fill one wall of my classroom.
12. Practicing Irish accents and failing dismally.
13. The ‘Umbrella’ performance coming together. (See Week 2.) We can nearly get every umbrella to open in sync. #whatwasIthinkingwiththisone
14. The collaborative nature of my subject and the social barriers this collaboration can break.
15. ‘Spoken Word’ performances by year 9’s that completely filled me with joy.
16. Telling kids they needed to come to call back auditions later in the week and seeing their faces light up.
17. Teachers practicing their samba step in my classroom for creative arts evening.
18. Working right next door to a major shopping centre enabling me to source a hit of decent caffeine when required.
19. Setting challenging tasks that cause your students ‘brains to hurt’.
20. Meeting and getting to know some different students through the school production.
21. Teaching students to use their bodies expressively in movement classes.
22. Class lists for next year. My subject continues to grow!
23. The AP stepping in and scanning some photos for me to make my life easier. #likeshehasnothingbettertodo
24. My classroom – a safe and welcoming space.
25. Students that come and find me in order to clarify their understanding of the assessment criteria. Why? They want to produce the best work they possibly can.
26. The opportunity to teach the same lesson twice allowing me to turn it from a massive fail to a massive gain.
27. Year Coordinators and the amazing, thankless work they do everyday.
28. One of those moments that affirm the difference we make as teachers.
29. Hearing from one of my most disconnected students about how connected she felt on the Duke of Edinburgh expedition this week.
30. The chance to sit in on a choir rehearsal… or two.
31. A found opportunity to pump up a kid’s confidence.
32. The words “Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away”.
33. The camomile and spearmint tea I keep in my desk draw.
34. The development of PLG’s (Professional Learning Groups) at my school. Can’t wait to get started.
35. Music and joy from the year 8 dance flooding the school.
36. Watching my girls rise to the challenges I set them.
37. Having boys in my classroom in the first time in ages. A completely different energy.
38. The boys just mentioned coming to shake my hand at the end of auditions to thank me for my time.
39. Casting my play! Yay!
40. Partnerships with amazing colleagues who share the same vision as you.