I've been tagged again in this blog challenge, this time by Hana Ticha @HanaTicha
Here is Hanna's post: 11 Random Facts Love her photos!
I won't try to come up with another 11 random facts about myself - see my previous post for those, but here are my answers to Hana's questions:
1. If you could change one thing about education in your country, what would it be?
That governments consult with and listen to the teachers about what they need, rather than imposing ever more administrative burden and other tasks not related to teaching and learning that take them away from teaching and learning.
2. Have you ever thought of quitting your job as an educator? Why?
No, this is my third major career change, and there have been several minor ones in each of those. I did dabble in educational design and technology for a term recently, but missed the ELT too much.
3. What's your earliest memory as an educator?
I can remember my first day on the job very clearly, but the day that I remember most was when someone asked me what I did, and I answered without hesitation “I’m a teacher here.” and it suddenly dawned on me that I was a teacher and I had earned the title.
4. Is education valued where you live? If not, what is the main reason?
Depends who you talk to. We always seem to be fighting for adequate and fair funding from various levels of government, so that indicates that it isn't valued enough.
5. How do you think we could help to make teaching a more prestigious job?
Acknowledge all the unpaid work that teachers do, the ‘above and beyond’. That would probably require teachers to first stop doing it for free which is not going to happen because most of us care too much.
6. Apart from burning-out, what's the biggest danger for a teacher?
Caring too much and wanting to do everything they can to help every single student. Not enough time, not humanly possible.
7. Did anyone try to put you off teaching in the past?
Yes, some of my teachers - not explicitly, but in the way they did their job. But the great ones were great!
8. Why do you think teaching can bring so much satisfaction but also frustration?
See 6 - you can’t do everything for everyone.
9. What makes you happy?
Life, the universe, everything. The same things that can sometimes make me sad, confused, angry, ...
10. When did you last laugh out loud?
Thursday evening while celebrating a colleague’s 25-years service at my college. Everyone shared stories of the past 25-years and there were tears of laughter all around.
11. If your child/best friend wanted to become a teacher, what piece of advice would you give him or her?
Do it, it’s the best job! (Unless teaching clearly wasn’t a good match for that person’s skills, attitude, etc, and then I’d have a longer chat.)
Thanks Hana, lovely to read you post and share my thoughts with you.