So You want to be a teacher?

There are endless options and so many ways to become a teacher these days….. how do you pick.

Well I guess it’s about playing to you strengths and current situations.

So typically you go to uni a complete a Bachelors of education, 3-4 years later your a teacher with an age range you specialised in.

The 2nd option is you complete a degree and then commence one or two years of theory and practical development to become a teacher. In the Uk this can be teaching full time while attending class once a week in Australia it is 10-15 weeks of practical development and a full time uni course load.

All of these have pros and cons, but i guess from a schools point of view it is about balance. In the last 20 months I have been privilege to work with 3 people who did a degree 1st then became teachers. They have a speciality being the degree they took before studying. In this case they are some of the best teachers I know, but they did do it tough they taught a class while learning what they were doing they composed 4 years into one.

Recently the Australian press have publicised a move within education to have teachers specialises in topics therefore being able to develop schools teaching in that area.

well Notre Dame university have been doing this for years, all of their  BE (Primary) students have a specialty. So I’m all for it. I guess there is many ways to become a teacher, The best way is to want to be a teacher from the start, you will love it all the more


How to save a life….

I’ve come across this story a few times in the last few weeks, it is amazing there are these teachers who go above and beyond every day no one will ever celebrate them until they miss them.


A few weeks ago, I went into Chase’s class for tutoring.

I’d emailed Chase’s teacher one evening and said, “Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you’re sending home is math – but I’m not sure I believe him. Help, please.” She emailed right back and said, “No problem! I can tutor Chase after school anytime.” And I said, “No, not him. Me. He gets it. Help me.” And that’s how I ended up standing at a chalkboard in an empty fifth grade classroom staring at rows of shapes that Chase’s teacher kept referring to as “numbers.”

I stood a little shakily at the chalkboard while Chase’s teacher sat behind me, perched on her desk, using a soothing voice to try to help me understand the “new way we teach long division.”  Luckily for me, I didn’t have to unlearn much because I never really understood the “old way we taught long division.” It took me a solid hour to complete one problem, but l could tell that Chase’s teacher liked me anyway. She used to work with NASA, so obviously we have a whole lot in common.

Afterwards, we sat for a few minutes and talked about teaching children and what a sacred trust and responsibility it is. We agreed that subjects like math and reading are the least important things that are learned in a classroom. We talked about shaping little hearts to become contributors to a larger  community – and we discussed our mutual dream that those communities might be made up of individuals who are Kind and Brave above all.

And then she told me this.

Every Friday afternoon Chase’s teacher asks her students to take out a piece of paper and write down the names of four children with whom they’d like to sit the following week. The children know that these requests may or may not be honored. She also asks the students to nominate one student whom they believe has been an exceptional classroom citizen that week. All ballots are privately submitted to her.

And every single Friday afternoon, after the students go home, Chase’s teacher takes out those slips of paper, places them in front of her and studies them. She looks for patterns.

Who is not getting requested by anyone else?

Who doesn’t even know who to request?

Who never gets noticed enough to be nominated?

Who had a million friends last week and none this week?

You see, Chase’s teacher is not looking for a new seating chart or “exceptional citizens.” Chase’s teacher is looking for lonely children. She’s looking for children who are struggling to connect with other children. She’s identifying the little ones who are falling through the cracks of the class’s social life. She is discovering whose gifts are going unnoticed by their peers. And she’s pinning down- right away- who’s being bullied and who is doing the bullying.

As a teacher, parent, and lover of all children – I think that this is the most brilliant Love Ninja strategy I have ever encountered. It’s like taking an X-ray of a classroom to see beneath the surface of things and into the hearts of students. It is like mining for gold – the gold being those little ones who need a little help – who need adults to step in and TEACH them how to make friends, how to ask others to play, how to join a group, or how to share their gifts with others. And it’s a bully deterrent because every teacher knows that bullying usually happens outside of her eyeshot –  and that often kids being bullied are too intimidated to share. But as she said – the truth comes out on those safe, private, little sheets of paper.

As Chase’s teacher explained this simple, ingenious idea – I stared at her with my mouth hanging open. “How long have you been using this system?” I said.

Ever since Columbine, she said.  Every single Friday afternoon since Columbine.

Good Lord.

This brilliant woman watched Columbine knowing that ALL VIOLENCE BEGINS WITH DISCONNECTION. All outward violence begins as inner loneliness. She watched that tragedy KNOWING that children who aren’t being noticed will eventually resort to being noticed by any means necessary.

And so she decided to start fighting violence early and often, and with the world within her reach. What Chase’s teacher is doing when she sits in her empty classroom studying those lists written with shaky 11 year old hands  – is SAVING LIVES. I am convinced of it. She is saving lives.

And what this mathematician has learned while using this system is something she really already knew: that everything – even love, even belonging – has a pattern to it. And she finds those patterns through those lists – she breaks the codes of disconnection. And then she gets lonely kids the help they need. It’s math to her. It’s MATH.

All is love- even math.  Amazing.

Chase’s teacher retires this year –  after decades of saving lives. What a way to spend a life: looking for patterns of love and loneliness. Stepping in, every single day-  and altering the trajectory of our world.

TEACH ON, WARRIORS. You are the first responders, the front line, the disconnection detectives, and the best and ONLY hope we’ve got for a better world. What you do in those classrooms when no one  is watching-  it’s our best hope.

Teachers- you’ve got a million parents behind you whispering together: “We don’t care about the damn standardized tests. We only care that you teach our children to be Brave and Kind. And we thank you. We thank you for saving lives.”

Love – All of Us

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Get your diary ready I have a date for you: 20th of Nov Go home on time.

Get your diary ready I have a date for you: 20th of Nov  Go home on time.


I have never really been able to do this My 1st job was at a medical centre where you stayed until the last person was seen, my next job was at a Café where sometimes I would get to go on time Teaching however has no set hours, there is no time where enough is enough. The other issue is that there is always something to be done, another thing to try, to investigate, to fill in , to tidy.  The study attached states that Australia has some of the most stressful Work places in the world because of a fluctuating finishing times.


So make this November a time to reflect on leaving work on time and at least on the 20th Head home on time

Take the time to thank a teacher

Take the time to thank a teacher

Australia is Celebrating world teachers day today.

Unesco Information:

department of Education W.A.: message board from 2012 reviewed

If you would like to thank a teacher in a Western Australian school please follow the below instructions

Thank a teacher on World Teachers’ Day

It’s World Teachers’ Day on Friday 30 October – the perfect occasion to thank your child’s teacher for doing a brilliant job this year.

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated across the globe to recognise the significant work of teachers and acknowledge the positive influence they have on children’s lives.

Say ‘thank you’ to a teacher by posting a message on the Teaching WA blog.

It’s easy:

1. Type in your teacher’s name and school.

2. Write a ‘thank you’ message.

3. Press submit.