Do you know what’s nice about coming back to work?
The people. When you walk in the school gate and the kids are saying, “Hi Miss.” “Morning Ms Frogdancer” and you smile at each other.
When you walk into your year 8 class and the kids ask, “Did you miss me? I missed YOU”, and you laugh and tell them that that’s the precise way to pass English with flying colours.
Seeing the people in the staff room and hearing about how their holidays went.
Walking past a group of kids on my way to class and hearing, “Hi Ms Frogdancer!!!” in Evan15’s voice and seeing him waving at me like a loon while his mates laugh.
Doing yard duty at the canteen in the second half of lunch (thankfully after the mayhem of the first half of lunch has passed) and watching the boys playing downball and chatting with different people and having a laugh.
Reading my free newspaper every day. Doing the sudoku puzzle in it.
Starting to teach one of my favourite novels (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time) to my year 9s and seeing some of them really get clued into it.
Gearing up for ‘The Truman Show’ with my year 10 ESLs. Love it.
Realising that this is a very pleasant way to earn a living.