So I’ll curate some situations, make my job a big vacation

Today was one of those days that reminded me why I teach, and what a vocation I do have for it. At this juncture, when I’m looking fairly seriously at taking a career break of sorts in the next couple of years, it was lovely to go into work on a Monday and be reminded of lots of the good things about my job. I work hard, and it’s a demanding and pretty much all-consuming workday, but there’s plenty of fun to find if you look for it….

The giggles kids get when they’re learning, but their teacher’s being a little silly and pretending not to know an answer. Finding a pocket of time to share a book with a kid. A child galloping into your classroom with a brightly decorated, manically cut and stuck piece of artwork that they are JUST SO EXCITED to share with you. Dancing like the mummy on the maths game.

When a child gets a new word, and they just can’t resist using it as much as possible; or when they grasp a new concept (“Oh, so in BC we go back towards zero….”). Overhearing little snatches of conversational silliness (“Do you really think Miss T has a tail when she goes dragony?”). Creating a classroom that kids enjoy, bright and clean and relaxing. When pupils I don’t teach anymore walk past and wave, or high five me in the yard, or pop in for a visit on their lunchbreak.

Watching a child do the right thing – letting someone else play their game, choosing to work hard, picking up that piece of litter. The sheer excitement of new things, new places, new people. The complete lack of temporal awareness. The smiles, the consideration, the giggles and silliness.

I really do love it sometimes, and after a fab weekend I was kind of dreading going in – I thought I’d get a true case of Monday-itis. Instead I was given a timely reminder of why I do this for a living.

I’m tired but I’m happy. Can’t say fairer than that.



  1. Riot Kitty
    15th September 2008 / 9:14 pm

    I think you’re awesome…kids need teachers like you!

  2. Yelli
    15th September 2008 / 9:24 pm

    I am jealous. I was a teacher until we decided to be all adventurous and move to Germany. I miss those first days of school. My kids basically did the same thing even though I was teaching high school!

  3. kenju
    15th September 2008 / 10:22 pm

    Claire, thanks for the visit. I read your post and I think all teachers should feel as you do about your students!

  4. Sparkling Red
    15th September 2008 / 11:40 pm

    Hi Claire,There’s an award for you on my blog, so stop by when you have time. :-)Hugs,Spark

  5. Connie
    16th September 2008 / 9:52 am

    Hi Claire, thanks for stopping by my blog. I hopped over here, and read ’10 years’ first – the title drew me. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. I have to say though, I am glad she was your friend. She won’t be forgotten. The past can be hard to bear, but it is what makes us who we are today (:-) I also enjoyed your comments about teaching – I love watching kids, mine in particular, but others too. I love to see them grow and discover the world. My son’s teacher told me that she pretended to not know an answer one day, and he came up and whispered with concern “Aren’t teachers supposed to know all the answers?” She whispered back and reassured him that she was just pretending, and was trying to help the other student figure it out. Kids show you a whole new way of looking at things.

  6. Scarlet
    16th September 2008 / 1:00 pm

    It’s nice to see life through the eyes of a child every now and then. Those kids are lucky to have you in their lives! 🙂

  7. vivavavoom
    17th September 2008 / 3:52 am

    that is awesome!!! you are great!

  8. Christielli
    17th September 2008 / 3:52 am

    Good post title! ;)Yay for rewarding jobs. I feel the same about mine. Although teenagers are much less fuzzy than the wee ones… But I like their oddness.

  9. Nicole
    17th September 2008 / 6:41 pm

    Your students have an awesome teacher!

  10. Miss Ash
    17th September 2008 / 9:49 pm

    You are the perfect person for your job!!

  11. cruisin-mom
    18th September 2008 / 3:26 am

    Claire, I have the utmost respect for you…you sound like a wonderful teacher, inspiring so many…good for you…those kids will never forget you.

  12. robin bird
    19th September 2008 / 4:35 am

    happy teacher 🙂

  13. robin bird
    19th September 2008 / 4:46 am

    did you read the book Time Traveler’ Wife? (the best love story of the century) There is this scene in the book where clare (your namesake) meets henry before he knows she will be the love of his life but she knows it because she is ahead of him in time. he walks into this library and there she is saying “it’s me! it’s me!” and he is bewildered and has no idea what she is talking about but he decides to go ahead, let go and find out more about what she calls his destiny. there might be someone who actually will jump up and down telling you “It;s me! It’s me!” if so be sure to take them seriously….

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