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Heather is a Primary Teacher from Canada who is currently working in London through Protocol Education.

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I’ve recently been putting my practical literature and essay writing skills to the test by helping my cousin edit her paper in childhood studies. As I work part-time doing supply work, I'm able to take the time to apply my expertise to consistently develop techniques and methods I first learned and nurtured in University. An excerpt from her final paper is centred around the thesis that children develop adult relationships based on their relationship with their primary caregiver.

“Often happiness is a direct result of the relationships we establish as a socially adept species and it is at the core of these relationships that our attachment acts as a foundation for the benefits we may receive in establishing and maintaining a relationship. Attachment is an emotionally significant interpersonal bond between an individual and a significant other in their life. This emotional relationship involves an exchange of comfort, care, and pleasure, which develops from infancy continuing through the lifespan. Attachment first forms during infancy between the infant and a primary caregiver and later develops through relationships with friends, with different levels of intimacy. lovers, partners, and children.”

As a teacher, you are exposed to the parents of the children you teach and often get a first-hand look at how some children fit the studies that prove that similarities do exist between the attachment formed as an infant and those attachments carried into adulthood.

Some teachers however, seem to do a lot more of the parenting, and even provide suitable exercises for parents lacking guidance so that they can help their at home. I know the competing wages for teachers in other countries are a lot more than here and maybe if everyone realised how far some teachers go to enable their students in more ways than just what’s experienced in and through school, teachers may get the recognition, financially as well as morally, that they deserve.


Tags: Heather, Overseas trained, OTT, Canadian, Primary Teacher, Supply Teacher, Teach in London,Parents, Protocol Education

Category: Australian Teachers

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