The Heart of a Teacher

In November I graduate from Mater Dei. It still seems so surreal. After more than 10 years as a student I will enter a new chapter in my life. Sometimes I find myself asking have a made the right decision? Have I chosen the right career path for me? Especially when you look at the current teaching climate in Ireland.

Picture the scene you are full excited standing with an empty bag in your hand staring at all these mouth watering sweets…Pick n’ mix weight watchers worst nightmare! You stand there desperately trying to decide which sweets go in your bag. Will you make the right decision? Yet this excitement is also mixed with some fear will you have enough money if you get just one more strawberry jelly? what if you don’t like the sweets you have chosen?

The same can be said for the way I feel right now. Now imagine those sweets are feelings and my bag is full of mixed emotions. I am happy, I have finally reached my dream of becoming a teacher, I am sad to be leaving such wonderful friends and I am nervous waiting to discover what the future holds for me.

However, amidst all this emotional upheaval I found this poem. It reminded me why I became a teacher and probably why a lot of my fellow classmates decided to follow the same career path as me. When I read this poem my worries disappear and I think of the day when hopefully one day I might have this impact on one of my students.

The child arrives like a mystery box…
with puzzle pieces inside
some of the pieces are broken or missing…
and others just seem to hide

But the HEART of a teacher can sort them out…
and help the child to see
the potential for greatness he has within…
a picture of what he can be

Her goal isn’t just to teach knowledge…
by filling the box with more parts
it’s putting the pieces together…
and creating a work of art

The process is painfully slow at times…
some need more help than others
each child is a work in progress…
with assorted shapes and colors

First she creates a classroom…
where the child can feel safe in school
where he never feels threatened or afraid to try…
and kindness is always the rule

She knows that a child
can achieve much more
when he feels secure inside
when he’s valued and loved…
and believes in himself

…and he has a sense of pride

She models and teaches good character…
and respect for one another
how to focus on strengths…not weaknesses
and how to encourage each other

She gives the child the freedom he needs…
to make choices on his own
so he learns to become more responsible…
and is able to stand alone

He’s taught to be strong and think for himself…
as his soul and spirit heal
and the puzzle that’s taking shape inside…
has a much more positive feel

The child discovers the joy that comes…
from learning something new…
and his vision grows as he begins
to see all the things that he can do

A picture is formed as more pieces fit…
an image of the child within
with greater strength and confidence…
and a belief that he can win!

All because a hero was there…
in the HEART of a teacher who cared
enabling the child to become much more…
than he ever imagined…or dared

A teacher with a HEART for her children…
knows what teaching is all about
she may not have all the answers…
but on this…she has no doubt

When asked which subjects she loved to teach,
she answered this way and smiled…
“It’s not the subjects that matter…
It’s all about teaching the CHILD.”

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