What type of teacher do I want to be?

As part of Orientation, we had to prepare a graphical representation of the type of teacher we’d like to be. First task and I was already unsure how to put my thoughts and myself into a visual representation. I’ve never been artistically talented but always enjoyed crafts and I don’t think Hibernia are looking for any Picassos or Monets (although I think I could dabble alongside the work of Robert Motherwell).

Anyway, off I go with my markers at the ready and I start to picture that classic image of the world with all the children holding hands around it and bing, the first note of inspiration. I’m very passionate about sustainability and the world so it denoted an extra personal flair.

Then I think of the places I’ve lived, I’ve grown and I’ve developed the skills and traits that I think will embody the type of teacher I hope to become.

Within the Emerald Isle, I was involved in Speech and Drama and hold that creative, innovative aspect in me. Although untapped for a little while I hope to touch into those parts of me and assist me in teaching.

A hop across the way to Stockholm, Sweden where I studied briefly during my undergraduate. Here I really gained compassion. Meeting people from different walks of life, different backgrounds from me was new. Growing up in Dublin, going to school in Dublin and studying in Dublin led me into a small reaching circle. Having compassion and understanding is a key part of the teacher I hope to be for my future students.

Next, we go to Australia, my home away from home. I crave fun, adventure and adrenaline, you name it. I’m a positive person and love making people smile and laugh, I found my positivity in Australia come out a lot more after my gruelling undergraduate final year. Hopefully, I can embody this important and valuable aspect as a teacher.

Final stop, and the most important. The Gambia in West Africa although I’ve never set foot there, it holds a special place within me. Sitting on the sidelines of a journey developing relations between Irish and Gambian teachers that my father was involved in was a major factor in me deciding to be a teacher. Hopefully, I can follow in this journey and be an empowering teacher, contributing something back to the education field beyond my little bubble here in Dublin.

Finished task

So there is it my pièce de résistance. I hope this will come in handy to refer back to when I’m drowning in lesson plans and assignments, and remind myself why I’m here, what I’m doing and where I want to go.

-S Nic Aodha

A video shown during one of our first FOE classes which speaks to what I would like to incorporate in my own teacher identity.

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