Forty Pieces of Teaching Joy - Week 7
1. Marking essays about Shakespeare and reading ‘This play was written by an absolutely, amazing man named Shakespeare’. My job here is done. #itsadramateacherthing
2. The beautiful teacher’s aide who assisted me in teaching year 8 math. (It is harder then you think!)
3. Seeing students happy dance when you return their marks.
4. One student bombed out in her exam completely (for a variety of reasons) and was gutted by her result. I pulled her aside and said, ‘If I didn’t have to set a written exam I wouldn’t. This mark is not an indicator of your creativity or what you are capable of. It means nothing to me. Let’s throw it in the bin huh?” She looked at me surprised, walked to the bin, deposited the exam and left with a smile.
5. Spending the last of my budget…. 3 litres of fake blood and a Go Pro coming my way. #itsadramateacherthing
6. This description in a creative character building task, “And on the odd occasion, when she laughs, it brightens up the world and creates a ‘!!!!!!’ inside you.”
7, Having the opportunity to mentor a younger teacher and open my classroom to her.
8. Trying a new activity with one of my classes this week. I expected it to be ok, but was unsure what the final results would be. Surprised when the level of thinking surpassed my expectations.
9. A year 10 student crafting a dead rat for me for my play.
10. Dancing with year 10 to Bring It On - The Musical and singing Defying Gravity with year 9.
11. Watching parts of the Creative Arts Festival back with my kids and seeing their faces light up. #ateachersjoy
12. Having my classes back after a week of exams. I missed them!
13. Being invited to be a PLG (Professional Learning Group) facilitator in my school community.
14. Participating in my first PLG session with some thought-provoking and inspiring colleagues. Rich discussion about things that matter.
15. On Friday evening last week a student made a poor choice and it left my lighting board a little worse for wear. I was only made aware of this on Monday. Where is the joy in this you ask? In the students that were brave enough to come and tell me.
16. The two students stepping up as stage manager and assistant director on my play. These girls are awesome!
17. Securing bookings to the plays I want to take my students to next year.
18. Joining with the neighbouring primary school for a celebratory liturgy.
19. Watching two of my students shine as they danced at our liturgy.
20. Workshopping a piece with the most beautiful student… (she wants to be a drama teacher when she finishes school…just saying!).
21. Everything about my beautiful year 9’s.
22. A box full of costumes delivered to my desk including a horse head and a variety of beards.
23. Free drama posters for my classroom.
24. Finding opportunities in my lesson to inspire.
25. Learning a new teaching strategy that I can see much benefit in. (More about this strategy soon.)
26. Stepping into teacher-in-role for year 12 to challenge their concept of contemporary issues.
27. The multiple uses of post-it notes I can find for my lessons.
28. Air-conditioning in my classroom.
29. A year 12 student bringing me a red ice-block for recess because it was so hot. Beyond sweet.
30. Colleagues that value my skills and give me the opportunity to use them.
31. Coming to the realisation (although I already knew but couldn’t articulate it) that drama ultimately teaches students to feel.
32. The Genius Project again! So much engagement. (Seriously a blog post is coming but I want to reach the final product before I share.)
33. Finished marking year 9 exams.
34. The bursar. Seriously what would I do without her?
35. The five flights of stairs to my classroom, which is the only reason I can get away with not exercising at the moment.
36. Finding out a project I worked on with some kids received a Highly Commended Award in the competition we entered it into.
37. Laughter created by participation in a game that requires balloons and a lot of running.
38. The decision to put a goose puppet into my play and the failed attempt at goose noises that my students made.
39. Finding ways to give my students work real world applications.
40. The absolute fun I am having with my rehearsals. Such a warm, joyful cast.