I’m an early childhood and primary school teacher, currently teaching Prep at Queen of Apostles Stafford. I have a real passion for early childhood education – I feel that they are the most crucial years in a child’s life and it is important to set up a good foundation for their early education years.
I would recommend ACU’s education degree in a heartbeat! The course was a good combination of theory, practical and fun and all of the lecturers and tutors were either past teachers or current teachers.
I spent countless hours decorating my classroom and preparing for the first day, that I was nearly burnt out before I’d even met my class! Thankfully I had a wonderful teaching team who told me to take some time out for myself before school started and to not worry.
I used the fact that it was my first year last year as a “bonding” opportunity with my students. I told them that I had a secret and the secret was that I was just as nervous as they were about starting school, because it was also my first day/year and then we made a promise to help each other out all year to learn everything there was to know about the school. I was more worried about the parents knowing that I was a graduate teacher, but they were so lovely and so supportive.
I found it hard to have a work life balance! I was so concerned about being the best teacher I could be for my kids that I would spend countless hours on Pinterest (a teacher’s best friend but also worst nightmare!) finding new and engaging activities. I would finish school and be too tired to go to the gym or to make dinner… All I wanted to do after a long day was sleep! It took me about six months to find a work-life balance, and now I allow myself one “school night” outing to catch up with friends and family.
I was blessed with a wonderful teaching team. They supported me through my first year, I don’t know what I would’ve done without them!
My most favourite thing about last year was getting to know my class and watching them grow. One thing that did surprise me was how attached I got to the children, so much so, I call them “my kids” rather than my class.
In the future, I hope to travel abroad to teach and continue learning innovative teaching strategies. And because early childhood education is my passion, I aspire to open an early learning centre or kindergarten of my own one day.