chipping in

photo of bonfire placed on high ground in front of city under cloudy sky
Photo by Peter Fazekas on

Running Brownie packs with camping trips,

Hiking through the sunlit fields

And toasting sweet treats on the fire,

Or running book club for the readers,

Rattling through the classics at a pace,

Then outside for running club, blowing whistles,

Shouting times and aiming for a personal best.

I’d love to say I’m the teacher with

A finger in each pie, but really

I just like to sit alone, with my book

And biscuits while the others play.

I must admit that I’ve never been one of those people who join lots of things. I’m an introvert in the truest sense, so I swerve people as often as I can. But I do realise that as a teacher I kind of owe it to my students to show them that I am willing to push myself.

I feel like I’ve started off on the back foot as I haven’t had any experience of clubs and trips because I trained during COVID – so everything was cancelled.

But now, things are opening up so I’m really trying to step outside of my comfort zone. I’ve signed up for a duty at lunch time, I’m doing a day at the Year 7 summer camp and I’ve offered to teach crochet to the students who want some mindfulness exercises.

And you know what? I’m actually quite enjoying it. School is like a little town and it seems the more you do, and the more you get your face out there, the more the kids come to like you and respect you. And it’s quite good fun.

Much Love

Rachel xx

5 thoughts on “chipping in

  1. Margot Kinberg

    One of the many great things about doing those things is that you get to know your students outside the classroom. And that means that you build a more solid bond with them, in my opinion. And if you also learn to stretch yourself a bit, so much the better. I’m happy that you’re enjoying the process.

    1. patientandkindlove

      It’s really interesting when you find out that the quiet girl who sits at the back is actually a pro skateboarder and you just weren’t expecting it all. You only find these things out when doing the extra curricular activities.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.