If you have school aged children then you are either breathing a sigh of relief or feelings pangs of loneliness right about now as your little lovelies have donned on their fresh uniforms, slipped their feet into shiny new black shoes and heaved on their backpacks brimming with books, stationery and packed lunches and headed off to school.
I’d just like to take this moment to remind you to spare a thought for those people who are entrusted with the care of your children throughout the day, who in fact, may end up seeing more of your child over the next 12 school-aged years than you do – the teachers!
Believe it or not, teachers are just normal people too with the full gamut of emotions. They have their good and bad days but mostly they are doing their best to educate and, along the way, entertain, advise, comfort, console (and whatever else is and isn’t required of them) your children because they are passionate, committed folk. I should know I’m one of them!
While I’ve had a diverse career from being a journalist, public relations consultant to travel agent and more, shifting into teaching has been the most demanding, frustrating, draining but also, at times, interesting, diverse and challenging jobs I’ve ever undertaken.
I have been teaching full time for just over 10 years now in both NSW and Tasmania and after having a brilliant year off in 2012 I’m returning to the fray part-time. Who knows what the year will bring. Hopefully a little more home/work balance, a lot more writing and blogging, but also getting students to “think outside the square”, to push themselves and to strive to do their best – and let’s hope not too many aggro parents!