I found this week’s Values module input an important and interesting insight into racism and patriarchy. The lecture tackled these difficult topics in a respectful manner, which I found engaging. Although difficult, it is important not to shy away from these topics. Many lecture attendees got involved in discussion and contributed points I had not previously considered.
As a Primary teacher I believe that it is my job to raise my awareness of racism and sexism in order to educate my pupils and prevent these issues in the classroom. I feel it is important to highlight to young people that everyone is equal and deserves the same respect and opportunities, regardless of their background. As a Primary teacher must also ensure that no genders are subconsciously favoured.
I have always wanted to be a Primary teacher because I believe every child deserves a fair start in life and has the potential to succeed. I want to help each child build their confidence and find their own voice, as I have. I want to give pupils the keys to unlock their learning, the opportunity to pursue their passions, and the chance to thrive in a positive environment regardless of their background. I hope to be a supportive and inspiring teacher. I believe it is crucial that learning is made fun and accessible to all.
I have wanted to be a Primary teacher for all of my life, apart from when I wanted to be a lollipop lady in nursery! I even remember writing a poem in Primary 4 called ‘Teacher Tastic’ about all the tasks I would love to do as a teacher, such as preparing the paint for art lessons and making the class rules. I love teaching and helping people to do new things and feel an enormous sense of fulfilment when someone achieves something they have previously struggled with. I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to inspire and shape the lives of future generations.
Volunteering twice weekly at my local Primary school, during my final years at high school, gave me a huge insight into the role and responsibilities of a teacher. I observed that being a Primary teacher is challenging but highly rewarding. There was never a dull moment!
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