- 45 years of service]
So much has changed, like, some people find it a little bit scary.
But because I'm working with children, I feel so privileged to work with teenagers.
You actually change, along with the students.
[Vijay John - 40 years of service]
There is a myth, saying that the older teachers don't change. And that's where they're wrong.
I think the older, people like me have changed dramatically, I mean you never stop learning yourself.
[John Oldham - 55 years of service]
When I first got a laptop, at Blackburn Lake, I just left it in the boot all day. I never took it inside.
I didn't want to use the laptop sort of thing, now I'm never off it.
[Bruce Kearney - 40 years of service]
We've learnt to be a lot more inclusive, understanding of the different cultures,and beliefs and religions.
At the start I was more like a teacher magician out the front, so I had the equipment, and I did the things.
Where now, the children do it, so I'm another musician in the classroom with the students.
Can I read something to you from my students?
You certainly may.
These are students who have found school quite difficult, and they're all very different.
And they're amazing. And their advice to you, new teacher, is
Teach to your strengths.
Look to the opportunities to develop. Both the things that you are really good at and the things that you could be better at.
[Julianne Hughes - 40 years of service]
Don't hesitate to ask other teachers. And also try to get an opportunity to see how other teachers work.
Don't identify students by their label. For example, dyslexia.
We are more than our learning difficulty.
- 45 years of service ]
Be kind to yourself.
There's a lot to learn, and it's a hard road at times.
Be yourself in the classroom. The kids appreciate seeing a teachers personality. I think that's the way to build positive relationships.
Be patient, we want to learn, and understand our struggle.
Prepare more than what's needed.
Never have a situation where you go into a classroom, and after 20 minutes, they have got no work to do.
[Myles Ashton - 40 years of service]
Connecting with your students is paramount.
You don't have to be their friend, and all that sort of stuff, but you do need to connect.
[Deborah Patterson - 45 years of service]
So, you've got to have knowledge, you've got to have the skills, and above all, you've got to have the passion. Treat every child as if they're your own.
If you want to make a difference with a child, I think you need to be in the moment.
You need to listen, and you need to help them to feel safe.
And when things change in the classroom, go with it.
The best laid plans sometimes go astray, and that's fine, because that's when real learning happens.
When the students in the classroom intervene.