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Why it's good to be a Primary teacher....

Discussion in 'Primary' started by missh27, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. "My dad tickles me until I wee", said by a deadly serious 5-year-old, met with a sea of deadly serious 5 and 6-year old faces.... really, REALLY had to stifle a giggle at that one!
  2. mprimaryz

    mprimaryz New commenter

    Where do you work? My partner and I are both primary teachers. Is it possible do you think for both of us to get a job at the same school abroard somewhere?
  3. You could be me!! Twenty years in secondary, doing volunteer work one day a week in primary, whilst holding onto the day job the other four. Desperate for a job in primary, the enthusiasm is wonderful, I have had my fill of grumpy teenagers
  4. I love my job. I am an EAL specialist who has both the priviledge and pleasure of teaching children from around the world. I have met many parents and children who have shared their "experiences" with me and who have also "taught" me a lot about their countries and education systems. The respect from the children and the high expectations from their parents makes my job worthwhile.
  5. 23M


    Because children are themselves with you, for all the good and bad that entails.
    Because of the girl in tears who answered, when asked why: "Dumbledore died!" and the boy who agreed with her how sad it is when your favourite characters die.
    Because of the impromptu discussions about all manner of things which take place during the average day (football, racism, weddings, why grown-ups are often called Mr/Mrs/Ms...)
    The unanswerable questions - what IS my favourite object in the whole world?
    Because of that lift when they get something for the first time.
    Because they're not too cool to care about you, the other kids and the world in general - and they don't mind showing it.

    Because when I came back to class after a meeting which took all of recess (grr!) and I was in a bad mood, I warned the children that I was a bit cranky and so one of them asked "Would you like us to sing 'you are my sunshine' to cheer you up?"
    Yes, I would. And yes, it did.
  6. It's good to be a Primary school teacher because I don't have to work with grumpy teenagers :)
  7. Aaaw I'm glad i have hotlisted this thread... after a day from HELL my lovely class sang me the end of the day goodbye song that they used to sing last year in EYFS- and it really cheered me up! :)
  8. When I pop back into the classroom during my ppa time and am greated by a load of 5 and 6 year olds who act like they haven't seen my in months. Yes my class are mental, rude, loud and often aggressive and violent but there is a moment of satisfaction when I realise that they are all sat still, all engaged and all learning!
    Also love when they suddenly apply what you have taught them in their play. The child that ran into the playground last autumn, picked up a pile of leaves and threw them, while shouting "lets put out the great fire of London".
    The incredibly silly things that they say that make me laugh so hard whilst trying to hide it so that they dont realise.
    Children who I have taught in the past telling me that they loved being in my class and that they sill remember something that I taught them. The same older children getting excited when I work with their group in cookery club.
    Reading threads like this that remind me that however knackered I am and however rubbish I feel on a day to day basis, I LOVE MY JOB.
    Most recently the little girl in my class who looked up, gave me the biggest smile and shouted "Miss - I can do it" when addition finally dropped.

    I have a big smile on my face while typing, it will probably be gone by lunch time on Monday but it is so nice to be reminded why I do this job. Thanks everyone
  9. baileysonice

    baileysonice New commenter

    What a lovely thread! I'm a mature NQT who previously worked as a TA while training to teach. It's reassuring to hear that the enjoyment I felt as a TA may return with experience. Right now I'm so stressed most of the time and just trying to keep up with the ever-changing demands of SLT [​IMG]
  10. Seems to be lots of love hate relationships to teaching here.
  11. invincible

    invincible New commenter

    I don't know if I think it's good. I think I'm just addicted.
  12. ....the lack of the word 'work' in these posts shows just what a lucky bunch we are to be in primary schools.
    After 20 years of WORK in industry, I don't see teaching my Year 6 class as anything other than happy, fun-filled, sometimes very hectic, golden days!!
  13. Nativity! So unbelievably, utterly stressful but very worth it, especially when the parents marvel at what you've managed to achieve with 120 5-7 year olds. Priceless. Oh, and the Christmas hols too of course ;-)
  14. byjingo

    byjingo New commenter

    This has to be one ofthe best threads that I have read in ages. No job is perfect but in teaching, the moments of magic never stop coming and it is so good to be reminded of this. Thanks everyone.
  15. I love children.
    The children love me and show it.
  16. I find without exception that even when you are having the worst day there is always at least one moment that forces you to smile and snap out of your gloom.
    Getting to hear/read the ever-amusing and sometimes surprising thoughts of children is a real privilege. My favourite this year was a child writing about Sikhs - 'they are taught to ebay God', I wonder if anyone has ever tried?!

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