Being a teacher is extremely rewarding. Watching children learn and develop from September to July is something I find very hard to explain. But, it’s the day-to-day ‘moments’ that make the job priceless. Children say the funniest things! They say it as it is. They don’t mince their words. I wish I’d written down more comments at the time…. But here are some things I have heard from my children over the last 10 years.
One of the ‘joys’ of teaching is losing your voice. I went into school one Friday still with a croaky voice and spoke with my Year 1 class.
Child: Guess what day it is tomorrow?
Me: A day for me to get better (referring to my lack of voice)
Me: My voice and throat are not so well.
Child: (clearly thinking carefully) Well just copy my voice and then you’ll get a voice back again.
(If only life were that simple).
Register time took an interesting and unexpected turn one morning.
Child: (talking to me) Good morning Mr Nipples.
His friend: (turning to the first child) You can’t call the teacher Mr Nipples.
Me: Thank you….
Child: (answering his friend) Well… he has nipples,…… wears nipples…….
Me: Ok, let’s move on…..
(There’s no point in dwelling on a moment like this…especially when you want to laugh).
Listening in to children’s conversations…….
Child: Jesus is actually God’s son.
Friend: (looking pensive) Hmmm….but nobody knows.
(Rather deep and meaningful…)
Geography and History not a strong point.
5 year old boy: Venice was flooded a long time ago…. and it’s a true story. A lot of people died! But, now it’s not flooded anymore.
Out of the blue. A 6 year old girl came up to me with something important to tell.
Child: Do you know…….love is really powerful!
(I couldn’t put it better myself).
Another deep and meaningful chat…. How old are they? I thought they were Year 1.
Child: ………………if you go to heaven.
Friend: Yeah, but what about if you go to hell?
Child: Hmmmmm, but let’s just explore heaven.
Friend: But, every planet in the solar system has its own heaven.
(I wasn’t getting involved).
More to come in the near future…