TEACHER INTERVIEW - Teaching with Mrs. N

It bring Prac-E great to pleasure to collaborate with another fellow educator. Definitely make sure to head over to Mrs. N's Instagram and give her a follow


Tell us a little about yourself! How many years into your teaching career are you?

I am 25 years old and in my 3rd year of teaching (feels like 10). I have been teaching at the same public school in Canberra for those 3 years.

What was the #1 thing you worried about being a teacher, before you started?

Simple - would I be a good teacher?

How did you overcome that fear?

I think it was pushed to the back of my mind on my first day when I was worried about so many other things. It's still on my mind at times but it gets pushed back again with the cheers I get as I return from a sick day, every hand written note, a quick thank you from a parent, an “I miss you" from a past student or even just a hug at the end of the day.

What thing about teaching do you think University didn’t prepare you for?

My lecturers never told me I would be in bed by 8 o'clock on weeknights. I worked two jobs while studying full time and was never as tired as I am now. I think teachers only stop when they are sleeping.

What is your favourite topic to teach your class?

I think this changes weekly, but I love the excitement and engagement my classes always have with science. Every student, no matter their ability, can experience success in science. I love the questions, laughs, discussions and “mind blown" faces.

What is the biggest challenge you have had to face in the classroom?

Factors out of my control - you have your students for 6 hours a day. We often have no idea what occurs outside of those 6 hours and what impact it will have in the classroom. A teacher's role is so much more than to teach. I think the biggest challenge I have faced and still face is the challenge of needing to be an expert in so many job roles. I'm a nurse, carer, friend, counsellor, shoulder to cry on, disciplinarian AND teacher. Sometimes all in one day.

What has been your biggest classroom success story?

Seesaw - if you don't know what Seesaw is, check it out! I brought the app to my school in my first year of teaching after wanting a way to connect home and school. After 2 years of using it in the grades I've taught, I became a Seesaw Ambassador and it's now being used across my whole school. I love Seesaw!

If you could give your first-year-Uni self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Placements will be the hardest thing you do at Uni, but they are also where you will learn the most.

What teaching skill do you think you will never perfect?

Feedback - making this timely and effective is something I will be working on for a while. There are so many ways this can be done, in so many year levels but I’m still looking for the one!

What is your biggest strength as a teacher?

Reflection - I am lucky enough to work in an open plan school where I am constantly talking to my team teachers during and after lessons. I honestly can't imagine being in a classroom with 4 walls by myself. If you're in that boat, escape those walls and talk. Talk to anyone who'll listen! Reflection is SO important.

Emily Neeson 🍎🏫

《 Primary Educator - Canberra, Australia 🇦🇺 》 2017 & 2018 - Year 1 ✏ 2016 - Year 3 📚 ☆ Cambridge ☆ Seesaw Ambassador


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