The rewards of teaching

Trip Start Sep 26, 2011
Trip End May 06, 2012

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Flag of France  , Rhône-Alpes,
Thursday, January 19, 2012

A lot of professions give out rewards for hard-work: "business man of the year", "5-star restaurant", "oscar", etc. etc. And for the teaching profession, yes, they even get rewards too. "World's greatest teacher" mugs that sit upon their desks, maybe a plaque given by the district to a teacher in outstanding merit. However, for myself, I don't want any material awards, just seeing my students succeed is the greatest reward I could receive. 

Today, I was lucky enough to see my hard-work put into action. As I sat in the teacher's room, I went over my lesson plan for the next class, while all the children were in the school yard for morning recreation. Without much effort, it is very easy to hear the screams and laughter of the students from the school yard through the giant window of the teacher's room. All of a sudden, I heard English words; more specifically, counting. I looked up to see that the students I just had finished class with were playing a ball game and instead of counting 1-10 in French, they were chanting in English. "1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10...ahahaha" This went on for about 10 minutes and I couldn't keep my eyes off them for that whole time. It was just so adorable. 

Even more similar moments have happened within my past 3 1/2 months of being in Grenoble. One day after school, I had a parent approach me with their child (a CP student or Kindergarten) and said that their child is speaking English at home. What a surprise! 

Some of my teachers have asked me what I studied at university. Much to their amazement, it was not Education. I am not a trained teacher and have never worked with kids in a classroom setting such as this. Most of their reactions have been that with complete and absolute surprise. They assumed that I have been teaching children for at least a bit of time. Such a compliment! 

And the best reward of all, is when my students give me creations of their own. One little CP student of mine came up to me before class and gave me a painting she had made: 

"C"est pour toi!" (It's for you!) 

I love my job. 
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