This post was written as my entry to win a place in Melvin Burgess’s Masterclass at the Save the Children Blogging Conference. To celebrate their latest campaign ‘No Child Born to Die’ Save the Children asked entrants to write what they were born to do and why. An incredibly hard thing to do but here is my take on it.
What was I born to do?
Born to breathe.
Born to see, hear, smell, touch, sense.
Born to love, laugh, cry.
Born to walk, run, sit, sleep.
Born to want.
Born to mother.
All these things and more but the thing which defines my life, which has shaped it and brings me joy is the one I used to fight against.
I was born to teach.
I left the classroom to raise my own four children and even though they are now all at school I still see myself as their primary teacher. It is me who takes their spark of interest and feeds it. Me who helps them find the wings to fly. Me who encourages them to travel their own path and enables them to do so.
The wonder in a child’s eye as the scritchy scratchy black squiggles on the page take shape and form and acquire meaning and they realise they hold the key to a life of stories is very hard to beat.
The excitement when they visit a castle and history comes to life or they blow something up in the kitchen in the name of scientific experimentation feeds my soul.
Watching the dawning realisation in my daughter that numbers are just numbers and not scary, complicated things; showing her how simple it is once you’ve worked out what you are being asked and seeing her begin to romp away confidently where once she struggled – that makes me smile!
I am now writing about teaching, trying to put into words all the ideas I have had and the things we have done which encourage creative thinking, facilitate learning and allow children to grow. It’s not a bad way to earn a living, doing something you love!
What were you born to do?