Subject Head (Character & Citizenship Education)
I have always believed that being an educator is a noble calling. Being an educator is more than just a typical 9-to-5 job. In teaching, there is hardly a typical workday. In fact, every workday will come with a new set of challenges.
As a classroom teacher, brainstorming for lesson ideas needs to be done before every lesson is conducted. The classroom strategies that are used needs to be age- and time-appropriate, and must also consider the students’ prior knowledge and abilities. Of course, with the children’s well-being taking centre stage, we also plan activities to ensure that they achieve an all-rounded education.
Despite these challenges, our responsibilities are far more rewarding than any other vocations. This is the only vocation that allows us to feel satisfaction through the development of another person instead of numerical KPIs.
How I got my job
The interview session was not a nerve-wrecking experience. Many of the questions were centred around why I want to teach and what I believe education does. Hence, as long as your purpose for entering the education force is because of your determination to make a positive impact on the lives of the younger generation, then being an educator is for you.
Practical teaching experience is essential and can be achieved through contract teaching. It also allows us to have a clearer sense of what the job entails, which better prepares our mind-set.
The highs and lows
What I love most about what I do is seeing my young charges grow up to be passionate about learning; and to be compassionate about people, animals, and issues that concern our country and world.
My happiest moment at work
Over the years, I have seen batches of students graduate from school, and many of them come back during special occasions to visit. During one such visit, a former student spoke about how I had left him notes of encouragement.
Initially, I marvelled at his vivid memory. However, when he revealed that it was because of these notes that he managed to hold on as his family underwent changes, it struck me that in school, our so-called little action may mean the world to a young child.
Children and youth need to be respected in order to learn to respect. It is important for educators and aspiring educators to remember this. To sum it up, Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” If you have the same belief – that the way to level-up as a country is through educating our young – then teach.