Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 187

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“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” – Khalil Gibran

Thanks, Spidey.

This.

This is what I feel teaching is all about!

As a teacher of the youngest in the school chain, the Nursery and Reception classes, I have always said, and continue to utter, my job is to create a love of learning.

It’s not called the Foundation Stage for nothing.

We are building the foundation for the rest of their school careers.

We, as educators of the first-timers, have a responsibility to instil the importance of education and school within these little mites, make their learning interactive and fun, so they go on to have successful school lives, where they feel prepared for all the curriculum is going to throw at them.

We should make them realise they have all the capabilities within – they just need to work out how to tap them.

They need to realise that there isn’t just one way to do something, but there are myriad ways to solve problems.

We need to grasp their thoughts and help them go with the flow, sometimes losing all track of the planned lesson, when someone poses a question that can ignite further exploration and learning.

We need to teach them how to learn.

I haven’t forgotten.

Miss Wilson.

She was my nursery teacher and the most wonderful teacher ever, making my first days in school, a three year old with English as a second language, such a joy.

So much of a pleasure that I went back to her as an sixteen year old, and volunteered in her class, where she was, by then, known as Mrs Haynes.

I felt so happy, and secure there, it impacted upon my whole school life, and going forward, because of her, and some other amazing teachers, I realised that this was what I wanted to do.

And I hope that I am one of those teachers, remembered for her impact upon children’s lives, but something that irks me, when you ask someone about their teachers, the comments are always about secondary teachers, or late primary ones. Does everyone forget those that shaped their educational futures?

Tell me, do you still remember your Nursery/kindergarten/preschool teachers? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 186

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“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

Confucius

Thanks, Spidey.

Oh that Confucius, he is a wise man, isn’t he! 😜 (Yes, I know who he is!)

But what a true thought.

I do feel blessed to be a person who is engaged in a job that I do truly love.

Teaching is hard, especially in this day and age, when governments push their teachers to the limits, creating layers and layers of paperwork, that detracts from the job in hand.

It’s easy to fall out of love with teaching if you let that side of it get the better of you.

I very nearly did that.

Twice.

The first time – after wanting to teach from the tender age of 7, and embarking upon my four-year qualification, I realised that the powers that be had changed things up a bit, and made teaching be a job where red tape was to become a must.

Forget the kids, you need to tick boxes.

Don’t give them choices, they need to learn this, and only this. The thats of life were flung aside as if they were only good for those rare spare afternoons where you needed a filler. Gone were the drama and art lessons. Music took a hike too.

Basically, unless it was numeracy or literacy backed, it wasn’t really that important.

But, as you know, I did end up teaching.

The second time – as I was stretched and pulled in all directions, placed in two separate classes, with a subject lead role and a governors position, I feared I was going to snap.

But after a tough few months, I pulled myself together. I learned how to organise myself better, how to talk worries and problems through with the right people, and it really helped.

Coupled with that mind-blowing talk we attended on The Art Of Brilliance, I was all set.

I realised that I had allowed the outside world to influence my thoughts. I was turning Mood Hooverish when it came to my work life. My job was not just a career, but a vocation.

And so, I started this term with a renewed vigour.

Sure there are going to be issues with certain kids and parents. Definitely there will be clashes with others about how to do things, but I know that.

I’ve learned to let go of the small things, do what I feel is going to be right, and enjoy each day that the teaching world throws at me.

I have finished my first week, not exhausted, but super-charged and positive that each new day will bring new achievements to light, and that if I can be that positive person, my kids will be too.

I truly love to teach!

Tell me, do you love your job? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 185

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“Don’t save things for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion.”

Thomas S. Monson

Thanks, Spidey.

Now, I shan’t go into this too much here today, but this quote is really something that resonates after a, quite frankly, inspiring INSET morning at school on Friday.

A post all about it will follow soon!

 

Tell me, what do you keep for those special occasions? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 184 – The End… or is it?

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“All good things must come to an end.”

Geoffrey Chaucer

Thanks, Spidey.

Indeed, things are wrapping up for us here now.

I go back to school in teacher mode on Thursday. Where did the holidays go?!

An emergency 10 days in Birmingham with Pops, which was a blessing too, as we had even more bonding time, 2 weeks of keeping the kids occupied, buying school uniforms and discovering the joys of the Wish shopping app (It’s great! Have you tried it?), and then a week away with my family.

And now it’s the last weekend, a long one, as it’s a bank holiday too, (got to name the uniforms!) then two days of tying up loose ends and then back to the grindstone.

But I’m happy.

Because though the holiday will be coming to an end, there will be the challenges of a new academic year, in a newly academised school, new young children and minds to fill with the wonders of the world of learning!

And Lil Man starts his journey to GCSE, whilst Lil Princess will be in her last year of primary too.

It’s a big year, bring it on!

Tell me, what new beginnings are you looking forward to? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 183

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“I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life.”

Barbera Bush

Thanks, Spidey.

Togetherness really is the epitome of a close-knit family.

I feel blessed to be part of one of those families.

It means you don’t just get together in times of joy, but you rally around when times are tough too.

Just like with my Pops. I was so fortunate that our family is so close, that when I couldn’t be there straight away, there was someone else to help out.

(By the way, many of you asked, Pops is doing so well now. It’s been six weeks since the surgery, and finally, the wound has fully healed and the dressings are off. He’s walking, albeit slower than usual, doing his yoga breathing exercises, but nothing more strenuous, and he has even managed to drive a short distance. thanks to you and all your good wishes, and the care of both family and professionals, he is more or less the Pops of before!)

And now we are off to forge a little togetherness too, our little family of four.

As of tomorrow, we will be officially on holiday. Taking time to be together, just us, and enjoying each others company, as well as some relaxation time.

Don’t worry, I’m making no sweeping statements about not being here because you know me, somehow I’ll still end up writing something, or answering comments 😜

But electronics and social media will be at a minimum (well, that’s the plan, anyway!) and family time will be at the forefront of everything.

We will sit together and eat, do activities together, spend time with each other, and create memories too.

What do you do as a family, to ‘forge a little togetherness’? 😘

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps ❤ And enjoy your week!

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