For some, inspiration is drawn from from the ability to replicate or exceed something that they have observed from a person or an object. For example, a lethargic, middle aged gentleman could find a source of inspiration to get into shape from seeing a peer go through an amazing body transformation or an artist could become inspired to create their next masterpiece from a painting that they saw when taking a recent trip around an art gallery. Whatever it is, and whatever the root cause may be, inspiration is the catalyst for positive change.
Throughout my teaching career there have been many things that have inspired me to be a better teacher. Mentors, head teachers, authors and witnessing amazing teaching practice from other professionals to name but a few. All of these factors have inspired me at different points and for different reasons however, there has been one constant factor that has inspired me throughout my career and that is the children that I teach. This may sound cliche, but for any teacher that has been teaching for any length of time they will know exactly what I mean. For some reason (and I’ve tried!) I just don’t get the same inspiration from paper work, report writing, data collection, early starts and late finishes, exceptionally high expectations based on unrealistic targets, parent evenings (I could go on ...)
The children that I teach have the ability to inspire me, and each other, on a daily basis. In amongst an eclectic class you have dancers, singers, mathematicians, you tubers, comedians; the list is endless. Most of the time these children are at the very early stages of learning these aforementioned skills however, their sheer determination and desire to succeed and get better at what they love can, and does, draw out the deepest levels of inspiration on a daily basis. Not only do children pursue their passions with relentless determination to succeed, but they do so with an air of grace and understanding that they need to love through the learning process to get better at something. I wonder how often we, as adults, take the same approach in our later lives. Are we willing to defer our gratification as a basis of understanding that it is a necessary evil to get better at something or do we want immediate results all the time, every time?
At EVS we aim to inspire children to feel motivated to achieve, as best as they can, in Literacy and Numeracy. It is highly apparent that all children have the necessary mindset that they require to learn. Through well constructed and fun filled lessons, we hope to direct that mindset into positive academic progress.
Let us know what inspires you?