Teaching with Hannah


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.

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