seeing your teacher in the supermarket frozen aisle

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She glides past the frozen pizzas

In her tracksuit pants and a messy bun,

No makeup to hide those darkened rings

Under her eyes, that I may have caused.

I never thought of her as human before,

That she may feel sad or have a boyfriend,

Or need to shop for food and brush her teeth,

All those things that we all do – she does too.

And as her Ugg boots swish-swished away,

I wished that I could say – ‘Miss!

You’re my favourite teacher, and now I realise

You’re a person too.

I did my first lunch time duty today. Having completed my first term, I now feel confident enough to add a few things to my week. I had been told that it’s important to take part in extra curricular activities so that you can build positive relationships with the students.

So today, I shut down my computer and joined the students outside on the playground. And it was a really nice experience because I got to see the students outside of an English class.

There was one boy who told me about a bereavement that he had been through recently and then at the other end of the spectrum there was one girl who wanted to show me her ukelele.

It reminded me of experiencing the sighting of a teacher in the supermarket when you were a kid. You would stare because this person was totally out of context. How could a teacher need to buy frozen chips and Pot Noodles? It was such a novel idea that it was almost ridiculous.

I hope that none of my students see me in sweats and Ugg boots, but it’s still nice to see them in their natural habitat.

Much Love

Rachel xx

4 thoughts on “seeing your teacher in the supermarket frozen aisle

  1. Margot Kinberg

    I honestly think it’s really helpful for students to see their teachers outside of the classroom – as human beings. Once they find they can talk to you and trust you, they’re more likely to engage in what you’re doing in the classroom. And seeing the teacher as a human (who goes shopping, watches films, etc.) helps students to connect with that teacher. That allows for rapport and trust.

    1. patientandkindlove

      I totally agree, and I genuinely think that a lot of kids think we hibernate in the stationery cupboard overnight. The idea that we might have a partner or drink alcohol is just mindblowing to them.

  2. clcouch123

    It’s great that you got to experience your students in that way. I’m happy that they shared with you. The title of the poem (and post) is especially grand.

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