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Samantha is here to tell you that you are doing a fantastic job! And we completely agree! 

We work too many hours, we all know this. I leave at 6.30am and get home some nights at 5pm and others after 9pm. I do in fairness live about a 45 minute commute away but getting home and going straight to bed, only to get up and go back to the place I just left is no fun. I have seriously considered sleeping in my office before!

In the drama department where I am situated we often have meetings, late rehearsals, extracurricular clubs and many other things that seem to pop up every week. The only other profession that I can compare this to is the performance industry. Where you are rehearsing all day, performing in the evening to go home and start all over again tomorrow. Or perhaps a call time on set of 6am and a finish time of 10pm with manic lines to learn and film in those short hours.

The difference is that I get to perform or be on stage, I have footage to prove it and an agent that tells me how amazing that show was. As a teacher it’s rare to have somebody watch your classroom performance and tell you how talented you are. How the role is just perfect for you. Instead we are given improvement criteria, reports to complete and student’s interventions when it all goes wrong. We are judged on our audiences' performance and not our own. I know I have been to a show or two and fallen asleep, not because it was bad, but I was just really tired and not that into it. It’s the same for our students, we can be the best teachers ever and they still just don’t appreciate it. It is more subjective than we think it is.

So the next time you are sat at the office late just stand up, bow and give yourself a round of applause because today's teaching was an amazing performance.

Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, supply, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers

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