We round up thirty kids each day
And fill their heads with dreams, ideas
And thoughts of what the future holds.
We shape their lives and send them out
Feeling strong and ready for
The jobs, the loves, the ups and downs,
Just hoping that we did it well.
My mentor at school gave me a gift to say well done on getting my new job. In the package was a mug that said ‘I’m a teacher, what’s your super power?’ And it made me realise that actually it is a bit of a super power.
Who else can control thirty unruly children, fill them with knowledge and confidence and then send them out into the world where they will get very little support?
When I started teaching, I thought that the fact that I am emotional and sensitive was going to be my downfall. I thought that the kids would walk all over me and I would just spend all day crying in the stationery cupboard.
But I’ve found that being a bit of a softy is actually a strength. Students appreciate that softer side, especially the ones who are sensitive like me. I’m sure there are students that hate me and just think I’m a bit of a drip – but I’ve also learnt that you can’t win them all.
As long as I am catching some of them, and making their lives just a little bit easier then I really do feel like a superhero.