Forty Pieces of Teaching Joy - Week 9
1. Running into a number of ex-students at the Christmas tree farm. We realised on the way home that one kindly forgot how to measure properly, so that we paid for a 5 foot tree not a 6 and a half foot tree. #ateachersjoy
2. Decorating the Christmas tree. This is on my teaching joy list as a number of my decorations were gifts for students. As I hang each one on the tree I remember that child and I say a silent prayer for them wherever they are.
3. Starting rehearsals for the nativity play. This year’s play is based on a beautiful book called On Angels Wings by Michael Morpurgo and I love it!
4. Grateful that I was able to divert from the mainstream on a daylong PD and work at my own level and pace.
5. The CSO paying for my Google Certification examination.
6. Becoming a Level 1 Certified Google Educator !!!
7. The crazy antics and house rivalry for the Christmas decorating competition. So insane.
8. Watching students that often fall under the radar step up and completely own a piece of work.
9. That moment in a performance when kids completely catch you off guard with their brilliance and you wonder ‘Why the hell have I never thought of that?’.
10. Kids that try so very hard.
11. I know this has been a recurring thought over the last couple of weeks (and I am sure it will be next week too) but I am completely taken aback by my year 9 students slam poetry. Every time they read me a piece I get completely choked up with emotion and pride. How I wish I could share some of it with you.
12. The one piece of slam poetry a kid wrote about being dyslexic. As a parent of a dyslexic child it gave me a great insight into what my daughter experiences and will continue to experience. It also gave me much hope.
13. My tutor group. I am so blessed to start each day with these beautiful, bright and joyful young ladies.
14. Tutor group Christmas parties.
15. The laughter resulting from the tutor group KK draw where I ended up receiving temporary body jewels and tattoos. I told my kids I would rock them at the beach all summer. :)
16. Our theatrical make-up workshop with Lisa Mangion. I would love to show you the pics but they are too gruesome for this page.
17. Learning new skills that I can apply to my work.
18. Watching the kids completely drama nerd out…. then walk through the school with fake bullet wounds, burns and bruises as though Drama is the coolest subject in the world. They loved it. (I, however, was a little stressed at the graphic nature of my class looking like they had been severely attacked!)
19. Online manuals that help me mend broken lighting consoles.
20. An email from a kid explaining why she wouldn’t have her work in class today. It started with ‘Miss, I don’t want to disappoint you…’. She didn’t.
21. Extending my dance routine with year 9.
22. Winning a dance off at lunchtime. Oh yes I did!
23. Christmas carols filling the hallway.
24. One of my students is drawing promotional material for our play. I am very grateful for the care and time she is taking.
25. Angel’s wings.
26, A relaxed coordinator who makes my job less stressful.
27. The beginnings of the set for my production. It is going to be amazing!
28. The amount of potential costume items I found in my storeroom.
29. Delivery of new stationary items. What teacher doesn’t like stationary?
30. Finding that one of my favourite Asian street foods is now available a stone throw away from school (I have never seen this is Australia before!). #lunchtimeperks
31. The opportunity for expanding knowledge through performance essays.
32. The Spy Game. A drama game that spans across the entire area of the school. SO much fun! #Iamresponsibleforthekidscommandorollingpastthescienceclasses
33. Reading notes from The Up Jar.
34. Seeing students get behind amazing projects such as the Vinnie’s Hamper Collection and The Smith Family Book and Christmas Drive.
35. Being able to borrow costumes at the last minute from my own classroom for my own daughter. #perksofbeingadramateacher
36. Finishing the final assessment task for the year!
37. Exploring new ideas to further my own learning.
38. Kids that bring great ideas to my rehearsals.
39. The school cleaner. He is a smiley, happy man and he does a smashing job.
40. Laughing for the entirety of my Friday afternoon rehearsal. I don’t know what it is about this play or these kids but something special is happening with this production.