There were two in particular that I think made me the teacher that I am today. I'd like to think that they know already how they've shaped me as a person as well as a teacher. I hope they do. I had one teacher in 3rd and 4th class that gave me something that I can never thank her enough for. She gave me my love of Irish. Before this Irish was just something we had to do in school and as homework. I couldn't say much and even though I can't honestly say I hated it I didn't like it. But in 3rd class Irish became something to look forward to. It became the lesson I enjoyed most, the first part of my homework I did when I got home and the subject I wanted to excel in. No matter what.
Growing up I used to play being a teacher, I taught my teddys all about maths and Irish. I wanted to teach from a very early age. In secondary school I did transition year. I did my work experience in my old primary school with the learning support teacher. It was here that I realised that I could be a good teacher. This remarkable lady showed me another side of compassion in an educator, one that is born in you. It's not something that be taught or learned. It needs to be found deep inside. Over the course of the two weeks work experience I found that compassion and learnt so much more about myself then I ever thought possible. She was a real inspiration to me then and still is now. I was lucky enough to spend time in the learning support rooms during the summer months doing odd jobs for her and learning on my feet.
Going back to this school in June of 09 as a trainee teacher facing into my first teaching practice I was of course nervous. But the support that these two teachers gave me was beyond the call of duty. I felt at home at once. I gained a new found confidence in my skills and learnt invaluable lessons during the four and a half weeks I was there. The most important ones coming from these amazing passionate teachers. Enjoy it! And they were right, with my new self esteem in the classroom I really did enjoy it. And I can't thank them enough for that lesson.
Wise words today? Think about what kind of teacher you want to be, who inspires you? Did you ever tell them what they've done for you?