“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
I am so blessed to be in the profession that I am in. As I’m constantly reminded, if you love your job you will never work a day in your life. It is so very true.
I came away from the annual headteacher’s conference today for the Diocese feeling inspired and empowered. Empowered to fulfil my role with confidence, empowered to make the decisions that I do, empowered to lead from the heart – doing the things that I know are right things to do, always keeping the children at the forefront of every decision that I make. I only want the best for everyone. I want every child in our school to have an outstanding education, to find the excitement in learning, the wonder and awe of the world around them, to leave with the tools for them to achieve anything they put their mind to. I want the staff to be given all the tools that they need to be the best – so they are confident in their ability to allow children to achieve their full potential.
There has been a lot of press from different organisations, who quote statistics about how disillusioned teachers are in their roles. Most of the data points to the fact that teachers find the ‘paper exercise’ aspect of their job, the hardest to tackle, the feature of the job that makes them question their commitment to teaching.
We need to get back to what teaching is about. It is about teaching the children how to become independent learners, to ask questions, to be inquisitive, to know where to find their answers. It is our prerogative to give children these skills to make them want to become life-long learners, to be stimulated by all that is around them and for them to create, design, analyse, synthesise, conduct and experiment. To learn by doing what they love.
As teachers, we learn about our children, about their progress, about what excites them, about what they need to do to excel and improve. When we love what we do, we learn about each individual child and are then able to push them to greater things.
When we love what we do, progress is inevitable.
So if this is the case, shouldn’t we all be working smarter and not harder? What paperwork are you doing that isn’t actually helping the children? What paperwork are you doing that doesn’t have the safety of the children or teaching and learning at the core? Think about the essentials and re-evaluate what is truly important.