I am a High School English Teacher.
Don’t get me wrong – I am more than that. I am also a lover of wine; a collector of poetry books; a wife who forgets to buy her husband anniversary gifts; a traveller; an amateur chef; a reluctant eater of healthy food; and someone with an irrational fear of geckos.
But really, what permeates most of my identity is the fact that I am a teacher, and probably always have been.
I knew I was a teacher when I was 5, playing ‘school’ with my sisters. I knew I was a teacher at 10 when I tried to mark my mother’s shopping list. I knew I was a teacher at 12 when I always wanted to stand on a stage and be the centre of attention. I tried to deny that I was a teacher in my teens, and claimed that I was an engineer. But one quick job-shadowing trip to an aeroplane factory later, and I was back on track to being a teacher by the time I was 18.
I have now been a ‘qualified’ English teacher for 7 years and have loved every minute of it. I am passionate about education and learning, and believe that the classroom should be a place of creativity, passion and excitement. Creating educational resources blends my love of solid educational practice and theory, with my creative tendencies… and it makes me excited to get up in the mornings.
I hope that you enjoy perusing the pages of this blog. My intention is to engage in discussions on education and teaching; to explain the why and wherefore of the classroom resources I develop (hence ‘the method’ in the madness); to share my classroom-inspired poetry (I’m a very amateur poet, so be kind in your comments); and to document my journey of learning through teaching.