While I was studying to become a teacher, many of my friends didn’t (still don't!) understand what it means to be a teacher. I'm sure you've heard the same comments: "it must be nice to have two months off during the year", "those who can’t do, teach”.
That's nonsense. Teaching is one of the best professions out there.
Teaching never entered my mind until university. I studied chemistry, and took an honours project in green chemistry. I worked under a very inspirational PhD student. I enjoyed every single minute of it, but I slowly realized how frustrating research could be. The project was a cycle of troubleshooting, adjusting variables, and disappointing results. I was working alone, day and night, on the same lab bench, with little opportunity to collaborate with my peers. At that point, I realized that pursuing research wasn’t going to make me happy.
To help pay for school, I started work at a learning needs centre. Most of my students spoke English at home and struggled with differences between English and French. I met inspirational educators who dedicated themselves to the cause. Although I was only there for a short time, I could see the impact and the change in my students. My students slowly gained confidence and took pride in the work they produced. I realized my potential impact on students, and applied to teachers’ college.
Fast forward a few years, and I teach secondary mathematics and science at an international school in Hong Kong. I love my profession and my students.
With this blog, I will share what it’s like to be a teacher, debunk common misconceptions, and share tools and techniques. I hope to inspire newly-trained teachers and motivate practising teachers to pay it forward with kindness and love.