Being the Best You Can Be
For the past couple of weeks of the holidays I have been enjoying this stunning Gloriosa Lily, as it sits on my veranda . It was one of my Mum’s pot plants that I have had since she passed away 3 years ago. In the past it has had one or two blooms but this year it has eleven beautiful flowers. Due to a little TLC this is the best it has ever been. I love to post photos of my garden so this is a good excuse to use this plant as an analogy for how, as a teacher, I hope to make the world a better place.
Just like the lily all I want for the students that I teach is that they become the best that they can be. Everyday teachers start with a curriculum planned to help their students move onto the next step of the academic ladder, but it doesn’t take long before the social and emotional issues of home or the playground have moved to the forefront of the agenda. We have to balance all the areas that our students and their families are concerned with, working together to build a pathway so that students make good choices based on knowledge, social justice and an intrinsic desire to do the right thing.
The Right Environment
The Gloriosa Lily needs lots of sunshine, good soil and not too much water. Of course students need the right environment too and I believe the most important part of the school environment is the relationship between the student, family and teacher. Without enough sunshine the lily won’t flower and without a strong trusting relationship and mutual respect the student won’t “blossom”.
Plenty of Encouragement
Fertilising the plant while it is growing and flowering ensures that there will be plenty of blooms in the following year. Students need that encouragement while they are working, playing and experiencing life to know when they are on the right track. I hope that I help them to understand that their efforts, failures, social interactions are part of the process that will make them a stronger, wiser and more capable person in the long run.
The Right Support
Different plants need different conditions for optimal growth. Just as the Gloriosa needs a special frame to wrap it’s tendrils around so that it is upright, students often need a personalised plan for optimal development. This year I’m hoping that formal study in the area of Inclusive Learning will help me become better at planning for student’s individual needs and better at providing specialised support for them and their families.
And so that is how I’m hoping to make the world a better place; by being a teacher who helps students, through mutual respect, encouragement, support and personalised learning to become the best person they can possibly be .