A day in the life of a teacher

A day in the life of a teacher
5 August 2020    Jessica Chan    0 comments

Ever wonder what it is a primary teacher actually does? Random questions, patience, dedication, multi-tasking, resolving problems: you name it, they've probably done it!  We wanted to find out more, so we went and found out - Meet Adele Anisse, or should we say Mrs Anisse...

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Adele Anisse: Primary Teacher

Can you shortly describe a typical day on the job?

Yes, teachers are early risers. You arrive at school before most of your students are awake. Then the planning of your day starts if you are lucky and you don’t have any staff meetings. We have to make copies of all the work we’ll be doing that day, plus we have to update our boards to reflect today’s standards, decide on the Learning Criteria, assignments, and other information required for the day’s lessons. The bell rings and students enter your classroom—time for morning announcements and administration.

Now you’re ready to start teaching if you don’t have any interruptions. 

Nevermind, it turns out there’s a surprise fire drill! “Quick, everybody stops what you’re doing and go outside.”

Now you’re ready to start teaching. “Yes, Johnny, you can use the restroom.”

Now you’re ready to start teaching.

Sorry, admin forgot to remind students about something during morning announcements.

Now you’re ready to start teaching!

You dive into your well-crafted and perfectly planned lesson. Your handouts are ready to go; everything is going as planned. Then you gaze around the room and realise the students are looking at you like you have three heads. It turns out this lesson isn’t going as well as you’d hoped.

Why did you choose teaching as your career? What or who inspired you to do so?

  • To help children learn more effectively.
  • To ensure children have positive mentors.
  • To improve children’s lives.
  • To help future generations solve the problems of today.
  • To help future generations become good citizens.
  • To inspire future generations.

What would you say are three key personality aspects or skills that make for a good teacher?

1. Communication
A considerable part of teaching is communicating information. It might be verbal, written, or via any other route from practical demonstrations to artistic interpretation – whatever gets your point across.

2. Patience
People learn at all different rates. If you have to explain something seven times in seven different ways before it sticks, that’s just part of the job. And when faced with challenging behaviour, you need to stay calm and patient and not lose your temper.

3. Creativity
People learn best when they’re doing something fun and exciting. It’s up to you to be creative in your approach.

4. Enthusiasm
Your enthusiasm is infectious. If you love your subject and your job, you’ll be able to engage the children you teach.

5. Confidence
Confidence helps you when you’re standing up and directing a class. A lot of education sector jobs involve public speaking. 

6. Dedication
There’s no denying that teaching can be tough at times. If you’re dedicated to helping your students succeed, you’ll be able to keep up your energy levels and avoid getting discouraged.

7. Conflict resolution
Children are more sensitive and resolving problems daily can be a big part of the job. If you can defuse tense situations before they explode, you can handle it when students get upset with each other or test your authority. 

8. Organisation
If you’re a school teacher, organisation skills will help you to fit marking and lesson planning around your school hours, and file and reuse the resources you develop.

What have you learned about yourself through the work that you do?

My role as a teacher is forever evolving and changing. We live in a world that is not static, and good teachers revolve around learning and expanding their skill set to meet the challenges of future generations placed in our care. And really, it just takes time and an open mind. 

What’s been your best moment while doing your work?

  • Setting high expectations and watching some students strive to meet and sometimes exceed these expectations. 
  • Applying different strategies for teaching. 
  • There are a lot of different ways to go about teaching. Over the years, you’ll pick up on the various strategies to help children learn.

And a really hard moment

Some students do not like school or learning – mostly because of their terrible experiences in the past. It would be best if you learned to get through to challenging students, and this takes time and patience to learn the art of inspiring the uninspired.

How do you keep going when things get challenging?

Oh boy, you’ll have a lot of these. You can highlight this as one of the critical things you will experience daily: again, you’ll need to draw on that skill of patience and perseverance. 

Are there any surprising or odd things that people wouldn’t expect if they picked this career?

This career relies on how well you develop relations with the parents and children you work with daily. Teachers become a considerate part of their lives and continue to influence them. So getting to know your kids, and let them get to know you have been a surprising aspect of this career.
You are a big part of their lives just as they are of yours. Feel their challenges, their sacrifices, their joys and their hurts, and you get memories that will last a lifetime.

Can you share a funny or weird story about something you experienced while working on a project?

I haven’t experienced anything funny on a project, but there is quite a bit of humour felt throughout the day by the amusing things students say and do. Kids can say the darndest things, which makes teaching unexpected, entertaining, and never dull. 
A student once complained to me that another student called him the E word. I didn’t know what it was, so I asked, and the student replied, “Idiot.”

What advice would you give to young people considering pursuing a career in this industry?

Great teachers have this intuitive knowledge about what works and what doesn’t, all based upon their deep experience and trial-and-error. The only way to learn to teach is to do it. 

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