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The Lucky Ones

Siobhan is a primary teacher from Sydney who decided to move to the UK after university to teach in schools in London through Protocol Education. Today she talks about those few people who get to do the jobs they are passionate about - and how she is one of the lucky ones.

The Lucky Ones

Once you get into a routine, it becomes normal, and you usually don't stop and think about what you're doing on a daily basis.  Everyone has to work, everyone has a job to do, and you just get on with it.  This is the way of the world.  However, lucky are the few who are able to enjoy their job even when caught up in their routine.

As I was walking to school the other day, I passed a woman who was opening up a retail shop for the day.  She was bent down unlocking the door to the shop and had a look on her face that suggested she would rather be anywhere else in the world.  I couldn't help but feel sorry for her.  I have worked in retail and hospitality and there is nothing so depressing as walking into work knowing you're not going to be intellectually challenged whilst you are there, and that you have at least 8 hours before you are able to go home.

It made me stop and think.  I have now been working at the school I'm at since February.  I have been in charge of planning, teaching, marking, assessing and reporting in a single form entry school (1 class per year, so no other teacher in the same year group to help me out) and despite everything that is new, I have fallen into a routine.

I consider myself one of the lucky few that is able to enjoy my work.  Even with the comfort of a routine, I am continuously challenged in my job.  No two days are the same and no two students are either.  I started to compare how I felt walking to work now and how I used to feel when it was a retail job, or waitressing. I always used to count down the hours till I could go home, but now, I think there are not enough hours in the day!  On top of this, I know that I am making a difference.

This got me thinking further and I don't think I've seen too many teachers with that look of 'anywhere but here' (although I have definitely seen the 'too tired to focus' look).  Most teachers I know might complain about some parents ('Actually keeps his son's glasses at home so he can use them to play playstation during the day') or about some students ('Doesn't matter what I say, she never listens') or the workload ('Reports are due the same week as pupil progress, but that's ok, I don't need sleep'), but teachers never complain about their job on the whole.  As a profession, we are enthusiastic and want to be there because, despite everything, it has to be one of the most rewarding careers possible.

So I count myself lucky that I can look forward to most of my days at work and that, even in the middle of a routine, can still take pleasure in the challenges teaching offers.  What other profession gets away with playing with paper mache, singing, dancing (and generally making a fool of yourself) and inspiring those 'light bulb' moments?

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Read more of Siobhan's blogs on her personal blog page, Travelling Teachers

Tags: Siobhan, Supply Teacher, Australian Trained, Teach in London, Protocol Education

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