On the 27th February 2014 my amazing wife gave birth to our gorgeous daughter. We were over the moon, absolutely ecstatic! She is a little treasure and I love her to pieces.
She has now been a part of our world for over 2 months and she has completely transformed our life for the better.
As a teacher our ‘in school’ world revolves around the life’s of the students that we teach. It is our job to understand them, plan for them, teach them, engage them, listen to them and support them.
My teaching career to date encompasses 3 schools, 2 countries and over 9 years. I have had the opportunity to educate 100’s of amazing students, work with spectacular educators and interact with some inspirational parents. Never though, have I fully thought about the impact that parents can have on the life’s of their children. Now as a father I am so aware of, not only my daughter and the upbringing that my wife and I will provide for her, but also the students that I teach.
I have become more aware of my students and their many diverse needs and I have also become more aware of what I expect out of them and what I know they can do. I am aware of their many deep and often hidden feelings and I make sure that I listen. Not just “listen” but truly listen to what they are trying to say – it is my job to care, even if no one else has the time to do so. I have always done this but never have I been so aware. The mentoring programme (click here to read all about it) that we run at my school is a great way to support the learning of the students and I am privileged to be a part of this.
As a teacher we are in such an important and valuable member of the life and upbringing of the students that we are involved in educating. We often see the students more than parents so the influence we have on their life is HUGE! As an educator, too many of us take this for granted. As a rule, before I start every day I remind myself how important this day is to every student I come into contact with and I make sure that I look every student in the eye and say something to them so they feel special and a worthy part of the environment they are learning in.
As a parent I have the opportunity to give my daughter an amazing start to her life. Parents do everything they can to make their child’s life better than their own in any possible way and sometimes that means letting go. Realising that other people also play a huge role in shaping your child’s life is something I will have to do. At the moment either my wife or I are with her 24/7 but one day this will not be the case. My mindset will have to change, but at the moment I am taking in every second of every day with this gorgeous girl and her gorgeous smile.
As already mentioned, being a teacher means that I have 100’s of additional children whose learning depends on me. I have 100’s of children whose parents depend on me to take care of their child, protect them from harm, and challenge them to their fullest potential. I am put in charge of their feelings, placed before them for their entertainment, and must educate each and every one of them. It is most often a thankless job, but it is the students that make it worth it.
It is important to note that there comes a time when teaching becomes a job and it must end when I walk in the door at home. During school hours, the students are the most important aspect of my day. However, when I get home I am a Dad to my beautiful daughter and a loving husband to my incredible wife. They get my full attention until they are sleeping.
Being a Dad has changed my life and I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring.