Being part of the supported learning team is an extremely interesting job. Your day is a bit like the Auckland weather, you can get 4 seasons in one day.
Last week I was in a module that had such a great buzz to it that it was infectious. The teachers and students made me feel useful and very welcome. This week so far I have had a mixed bag to the start of my week. The class I was in for the start of the day, seemed to think that I would be their joke for the morning. These are the days that you do question why you do this job. You then move onto another area and again feel your need which really does make a difference to my day. I do love my job and the variety that it gives me.
I have sons who are both struggling learners so I understand how the kids feel and that they don’t want to be seen as different.
My youngest son has had to deal with a huge amount of change starting his high school years. He has had to deal with environment,work,social changes and has coped with this extremely well considering his challenges. Last night while he was trying to understand some maths work that has been completely stressing him out because it so way above his level, I was reminded of why I chose to become a teacher aide. The kids we work with have to work 100 times harder than others and sometimes still don’t get things this doesn’t mean they won’t get it but they may take bit longer. For people that don’t struggle we can tend to forget that not everyone gets things easily.
As a mum I had a very proud moment when my eldest son came in and sat with his very upset brother and stressed out mum. He asked me what it was I was trying to get his brother to understand. He then sat with him for a long time and finally he was able to get him to see what it was that he to do. Both my boys both have dyslexia which affects them in different ways.It was so heart warming to know that they can bounce off each other but also a reminder that teaching isn’t always about being at a top level. Its about understanding and achieving at your level. That’s success !
First day back at work today. The school had a real buzz about it, kids excited to see each other after the holidays and the news looking a little lost but also had lots of smiles on their faces. Looks like its going to be a busy year with lots of new children and new challenges ahead. Really looking forward to it. I look forward to getting to know the kids and catching up with the existing kids.
Our Support team has grown this year and we have some wonderful people on board. Its going to be a great year.
Last couple of days of school now.Had new teachers and support staff in today and was a reflection for me as I looked at them and remembered sitting in the staff room at the beginning of the year thinking OMG how am I going to get my head around everything. Now I feel like part of the furniture which I know they will also feel very soon into the new year. Really looking forward to sharing this with the new staff.I have loved being part of the Secret Santa. So much fun doing all my gifts and seeing them give my person a smile. It’s been a heap of fun! MERRY CHRISTMAS
Well were do I start? My year is drawing to an end and I can’t believe that I have nearly done a year.
I have experienced and learnt so much this year, I have grown in so many ways.I have started to embrace technology which I honestly thought would never happen.
I felt that when I first started I may not be accepted by the kids but as time went by that feeling dissolved. The students have got used to my presents in class and I now have some really nice relationships with them. I enjoy how I am accepted for being myself and feel my voice is always heard with respect.It has been wonderful working with some truly amazing people. I cant wait to work with all the new students that will be starting with us next year.
In the year I have worked across the board with subjects and probably my favorite place was down in the kitchen.
The students have taught me a lot along my journey as well. Learning in my eyes doesn’t mean an adult has to teach a child but everyone can learn something from anyone so we should all be able to embrace that. This School is an extremely unique place to work and I think the students here are so lucky to have amazing staff and facilities to help them find their place in the world.
Happy Holidays to everyone and have a safe and happy Christmas and New Years. Will see you all next year.
Some days are harder than others but if we remember most of the time negative behavior is not usually a personal attack on ourselves but a reaction to a bigger picture, then helping others can be made easier. Remember at this time of the year everyone is tired and probably over stressed. Always send a smile and yours could be the only one that a person gets all day. Take a big breath an carry on.
My latest thing I have given a try. I was out at an evening for ladies and learnt some DIY skills. I produced a planter box and a tool box. Had a heap of fun. I found it very interesting. It may help with things I want to do at work and in the home. Doing things that we haven’t tried is always exciting.
Wow were is the term going? Time is flying away. Busy is the word that sums every part of life at the moment. So much stuff happening at work and outside of work. Its wonderful watch young people grow over the course of the year. They change from timid youngsters into confident young people finding their way. These times can be challenging for them but also have huge rewards. I’m truly lucky to be able to be a part of that.
As I watch the students grow I also am surprised with how much I have learnt and am developing in my role. As you get older we can sometimes slip into a comfort zone. I am so pleased that in my job I am forever being challenged. It really makes you feel alive.
On a personal note, my boys are amazing and last night while I was doing work my youngest who is 12 was in the kitchen preparing spring rolls and dumplings from scratch. I love how they are using the skills in the kitchen that I have taught them. This is also why I am in the job I do because there is nothing more satisfying than watching young people develop and do things they thought they couldn’t do.
This term so far has been so busy but in a great way. It is the end of week 3 already. There is so much happening around the school that there seems to be a real buzz to everyone’s step. I feel like I have found my place and it is great to have sense of belonging. The time I spend down in the kitchen in Kia would have to be one of my favorite places to be.
Wednesdays Big Projects is full on with the kids complying of a cook book so lots of information is been sought and trying out the recipes that they have received are getting cooked so we can try them out before they go into the cook book.
Nice to hear the lunch time concert yesterday, so many talented kids.