Teaching with Hannah
How long have you been teaching for and what grades or subjects have you taught?
I’m in my second year of teaching and taught Year 3 for both years. They are a fantastic age group to teach.
Why did you become a teacher?
Teaching was actually my second option coming out of Year 12.
I wanted to do Classical Voice but I decided to start with Primary Teaching and then if I didn’t enjoy it, I would try Classical Voice.
I absolutely loved Primary Teaching though and haven’t looked back since!
What are 3 things that every teacher should have in their classroom?
- An emergency kit! (Think Panadol, band aids, deodorant, hair ties and bobby pins, a mini sewing kit etc)
- A laminator
- A stash of snacks for when you are starving but have a staff meeting to go to!
What’s the best part about your job?
Watching my students achieve more than they thought they ever could! I love seeing them build their confidence and develop their love of learning.
Tell us about the funniest thing that has happened to you at school.
I slipped over in a huge pile of bird poo in front of my whole class on the way to assembly.
At the time I wasn’t very impressed but it’s funny now when I look back on it.
Your top 3 tips for a beginning teacher
- Find a mentor or buddy! It’s great to have someone to bounce ideas off and give you support.
- Prepare your recess and lunches in advance. It’s way too easy to order from the canteen which can be unhealthy and also expensive.
- Remember that the work will never be finished, so don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t get things done! I spent way too many hours after school and on the weekend constantly trying to catch up in my first year. I still struggle to find the balance.
What does your teacher wardrobe consist of?
A lot of black!
I don’t intentionally buy black clothes but they are so easy to wear and match with other clothing items or accessories.
I love a great scarf as well. I really like huge, bright coloured chunky scarfs for winter and lighter floral scarfs in the warmer months. It’s very unusual for me to not have a scarf on.
What is the one item that every teacher must have in their wardrobe?
A plain black cardigan. It goes with everything and super easy to chuck on when it gets a bit cold.
Have you ever had a teaching fashion faux pas?
I don’t personally think they are a fashion faux pas but all of my colleagues and friends absolutely hate a pair of gold shoes that I like to wear.
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Be sure to check out Hannah on Instagram missgirlingsclassroom.