I have been very naughty in the last couple of months, and being on uni holidays, (and school holidays), have neglected to check/update this blog for far too long! So imagine my surprise, when I get notified of a post which says that Katrina from ‘Teaching and Learning in the Primary Classroom’ had nominated little old me for a Liebster Award!
Thankyou so much Katrina! Considering that I had assumed no one was reading my random ramblings, it came with both surprise and a secret little feeling of pride for my little blog. Anyone who would like to know what a Liebster award is should go check out Katrina’s 2 posts on the subject, she does an excellent job of explaining it, which I won’t attempt to duplicate.
There are some rules which go along with a nomination. They are:
1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog 2. Answer the 10 questions sent to you as part of the nomination. 3. Nominate 10 blogs with 300 followers or less. 4. Give your nominees 10 questions to answer. **5: You can’t nominate the blogger that nominated you!
I seem to have taken care of rule number one. Now onto rule 2, answering the questions…
1) Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog as a means of recording, and sorting my ideas around teaching, the profession I was entering, the workplace, and anything else I could think of. My friends (most of whom have picked professions other than teaching) were sick of hearing my views and philosophies on teaching and learning, so I vowed to find an audience who wanted to hear about it. At the same time, I know being a pre-service teacher can be a little lonely sometimes, and Its nice to have some validation that there are others who are in the same boat as you, and are thinking the same thing.
2) At what point did you decide to become a teacher?
I would love to answer this question by saying that I have always wanted to be a teacher, but that simply would not be true. I spent the first 12 or so years of my life dead-set on being a secretary. I had decided this was a glamorous job. It wasnt until a teacher early on in highschool explained to be that I had the intelligence to be whatever I wanted, that I settled on wanting to become a psychologist. I love the brain, Its quirks and I love learning how it works.
The problem with this plan was that I did not get into a bachelor of psychology after school (I proved my year 7 teacher wrong didnt I haha). I settled instead, on completing a double degree in psychology and teaching (which had a lower entrance score, crazily enough). I havent looked back since.
3) What is one of your talents?
Hmmm, I can eat a whole block of chocolate in one sitting?
In all seriousness, I feel my talent is organisation. I love organising, streamlining, colour-coding, sorting, and anything that may involve coloured baskets, post-its and stationary!
4) Did/Do you have a favourite teacher? What were they like?
I had a LOT of teachers, owing to the fact I attended quite a few different primary schools. I can’t say I have one particular teacher in mind, although they all shared common traits: an affinity and respect for their students, a sense of humor, and the ability to demand respect from their students whilst still maintaining a balanced, non-authoritarian classroom. Seems impossible I know.
5) What is your best memory of school? (Can be either past or present)
If Im honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy school. I know what you’re thinking; why make it my profession? I hated all aspects of socialising (yes I have ASD tendencies, a post for another time). I however really liked the idea that I could gain knowledge, that it was something almost tangible and always accessible for me. I guess learning is my best memory then?
6) If the sky’s the limit, what would you like to do next?
Assuming no monetary limit either, I would love to open a school for special needs in an underserviced (perhaps low SES) area, and work on improving community awareness of people with disabilities. Although I feel the majority of Australia ( I cant speak for other countries) have grown tremendously in their support and general mindset over people who have different abilities, there are still areas where there is work to be done.
7) What is a piece of advice you would like to share?
Rome wasn’t built in a day. You cant become the most amazing teacher in a day. Your students won’t learn everything in a day. You cant change an entire behavioural problem in a day. But days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months and months turn into a school year. Just keep swimming.
8) If you have some spare time, what do you do?
Read, watch youtube videos, plan holidays, pick through pintrest. (I really am from the IT generation, notice none of my hobbies include contact with the outside world?)
9) How do you see yourself: planner or spontaneous?
I am most definitely a planner. Now and always.
10. By this time, next year, where do you hope to be? What do you want to have accomplished?
By this time next year, I hope to be finished university, have a permanent/semipermanent job in the education world, and be working towards my special education accreditation.