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Tell us a little about yourself! How many years into your teaching career are you?
I’m Jess and I have been teaching since December 2017. I just turned 22 and I live in Perth, WA. I graduated as an early childhood teacher from Edith Cowan University at the end of last year. I am currently working as a relief teacher and I love it!
What was the #1 thing you worried about being a teacher, before you started?
Definitely being judged! I was always worried that I wouldn’t be good enough in the eyes of parents, colleagues, supervisors and especially my students.
How did you overcome that fear?
I still have that fear at times but I have learnt to believe in myself more. I often tell myself that I made it through university and all of my placements so I must be doing something right. Time in the classroom has definitely helped too - I’m learning and improving each day.
I am graduating to be a secondary teacher this year. What made you want to pursue early childhood teaching?
Growing up I always loved children and constantly made my sisters play ‘schools’ with me, so having the opportunity to put these two things together seemed to be the perfect career for me. I find the way that that young children look at the world truly fascinating. I love their innocence, their curious minds and the genuine excitement they have when they learn something new. Having the opportunity to be such an integral part of these children’s future, to see them learn and grow was why I chose to become an early childhood teacher.
You run a great ‘teachers pay teachers’ page. Can you tell us a little about the resources you have shared with your teacher peers?
Sure! My most popular resource on my Teachers Pay Teachers page is definitely my ‘Positive Behaviour Notes’ which I created for myself to use when I am relief teaching. They’re basically little notes that celebrate student achievement in all different areas – both academic and non-academic – and are a great alternative to prizes and other rewards. I also have several bingo games that are aimed specifically at early childhood; my favourite would have to be the trace the number bingo.
What is the biggest challenge you have had to face in the classroom?
As a relief teacher I would have to say managing behaviour is often my biggest challenge, as I don’t have the chance to develop those fundamental relationships. I am a stranger to most of the children I teach so I have to make sure that from the moment I open those doors the children know that they’re safe and loved even though they’ve never met me.
What has been your biggest classroom success story?
It’s probably a bit boring but my biggest classroom success story would have to be the confidence I have gained since graduating and teaching without constantly worrying about what my mentor teacher and supervisor were thinking. I feel like I have made so much progress in these past four months.
If you could give your first-year-Uni self one piece of advice, what would it be?
“You can do this”
I know in Brisbane, I feel like I could teach in neighboring towns or even go down to Sydney on a whim. You teach in Perth. What differences do you face teaching in WA, compared to the rest of Australia?
Well we’re definitely isolated from the rest of the country! I find that because we’re such a densely populated area, with not much else around, it’s very competitive for jobs. If you travel more than an hour out of Perth there’s nothing around, whereas if you go an hour out of Melbourne you’re still in suburbia so I think that makes it harder for us to find work.
What is your biggest strength as a teacher?
My biggest strength as a teacher would have to be that I love learning. The students I teach are always teaching me and I love it!
🌟 Miss Johnston 🌟
21 👩🏻 Perth ☀️ Graduate Early Childhood Teacher 👶🏻👦🏾👧🏼www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Positive-Behaviour-Notes-ausbts18-btsdownunder-3545897