It’s official! I have not “had my own class” for exactly 112 days.
When I announced to my children (the blood relatives at home) that I would be in the learning support department rather than being a classroom teacher, they were devastated. ‘You aren’t going to be a teacher any more!’ my teenage daughter blubbered and no matter what I said, I could not convince them of anything different.
The transition was initially lonely and on some days, almost purposeless. Although there was never a shortage of “things to do”, I was mourning the loss of the children that I had grown to love; the colleagues that I had created beautiful connections with and the routines that formed the cone of my everyday scoop of ice-cream – my days at school.
Then a few things started to happen … The planning for the Unleashing Learning meant that I was talking to inspiring people daily. We were sharing ideas … Collaborating and I joined the Year 6 team, with Dean , Rubi, Rachel and Michelle; heard what they wanted from the person that was to support them in supporting their learners and began to go into classrooms regularly . Suddenly I started to feel that perhaps the new flavours that were on offer were palatable.
The new connections that I am forging with people in different teams are becoming the sprinkles on the top. As each day passes, I learn about things I never imagined existed and I ask questions. A myriad of them … Daily. I know that I will never find all the answers but I am finding delight in sampling the combinations and concoctions that are on offer from every interaction I have.
My blood children are slowly developing a new perception of what a teacher can be and I am developing an understanding of how I can connect to a whole lot more children – in different ways.