A friend suggested to me that, following on with the candle theme, I write a blog about scented candles.
It got me thinking about how a teacher’s individuality adds flavour (or “scent”) to the culture of their classroom.
What is my scent, you ask?
Well, here is what makes me me. I love to travel. My lessons often include anecdotes from my many trips abroad, including the most memorable one, being my student exchange in grade 11. I don’t think you can really understand people until you’ve seen what life is like on at least three continents.
I love to read. Many fiction novels have been enjoyable but my mainstay is new age/ modern philosophy/ self help type books, and any fiction that allows me to consider a new perspective. I try to help students understand how they can control their behaviour, not their feelings, that their way is not always the right way (or the only right way) and that there is no point living in the past or future, only in the present.
I love cats. Ours is maybe a tiny bit adored and spoiled. On occasion I have been known to share photos with the class of him sleeping and looking cute, climbing stuff and looking cute, hiding under stuff and looking cute, attacking stuff and looking cute, and just generally looking cute. Children can easily relate to the therapeutic nature of pets, and how they help us to be empathetic and compassionate.
I constantly reflect on my craft, and am always looking for ways to improve. I believe that good teachers are like candles who consume themselves to light the way for others. https://ateacherislikeacandle.wordpress.com/2020/08/02/why-this-candle-blogs/
And I love country music. I was brought up on the stuff and now I voluntarily choose to listen to it! The lyrics actually tell a story and give you lessons on life. There aren’t many songs these days that are not only enjoyable, but also provoke us to contemplate our lives.
So I am the travel-loving, well-read, cat-spoiling, blog-writing, country-music-listening teacher.What scent of candle are you?MM weekly theme: Letter C by JimmyMac210 – just returned home from hospital on Flickr under CC BY-NC 2.0