Why teaching?

Ever since I started Primary School, I looked up to my teachers. I loved the way that they taught and how lovely they were to me. Ever since then it’s all I’ve worked towards during my time in school. I chose subjects which would help me get into uni to study education.

In my 3rd year at school I chose to go to a local Primary school for work experience. I was lucky enough to change classes every day to witness every year group. I loved watching children begin to understand what they were learning. After this week, I decided that my favorite year group was Primary 3, 4 and 5. I think this was down to the children in the class. I helped the children with their maths and story writing. I liked the level they were working at and found that what they were writing was so imaginative!

Following on from this, I volunteered at a local Primary school on Thursday afternoons while in Sixth year. This was the time of week I looked forward to the most. I helped around different classes, so I got an insight into different classes again. All the teaching staff were so helpful and gave me all the advice I’d ever need to becoming a teacher.

When doing my higher exams I worked hard to achieve what I needed to get into uni, but unfortunately didn’t achieve the grade I needed in English to get in. This meant I had to do a year at college to get in. Although this was not part of my plan, college was one of the best experiences. I think by going to college, it will help me at uni because I have a sound knowledge of working with children. During my placement at college, I learned more that I ever thought possible in a year. I learned so much about children and what goes on within a nursery. I was included in meetings about what was going on within the nursery. Before I started at placement, I had never heard of GIRFEC, but after being in the nursery, I knew all about it. The school I was placed in, was within a disadvantaged which had children with many issues within the home. I was included in meetings where these children were discussed and found out a lot about the steps taken when things go wrong at home or when a child discloses something to you. I feel this gave a huge insight into what to expect when I start in my own class.

This all helped to confirm my choice of doing Primary Education at university and I’m so excited to continue in my journey to achieving this.

2 thoughts on “Why teaching?

  1. Richard Holme

    Hi Kiera. I was particularly taken by the fact that you went to college to get your English grade, and how you have reflected on this. I’ve had a number of educational setbacks myself over my life (I won’t go in to the detail here!) but think having to overcome these has been of great benefit in the long term. I wonder if you will be able to use your experience of this when teaching, possibly to help learners who struggle in certain areas? I would be keen to hear your thoughts – maybe in a post after placement?


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