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.
5 thoughts on “chipping in”
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.
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.
Reading your final paragraph made me teary. It’s absolutely grand that your challenges are turning out so well for everyone.
It feels really nice too. I hope that the kids enjoy these things as much as I do!