The summer is time to catch your breath, having time to dream, wind down from the hectic summer term and slowly start to think about the year ahead. It’s also times like this that staff ask themselves: What difference do I make to the children I teach or support?
More importantly, the question should be: What difference can I make?
Dr Amir Khan GP (@DrAmirKhanGP) who is a regular contributor to BBC Breakfast News and ITV Calendar as well as appearing in lots of other TV shows, tweeted on Monday:
Saw a young boy today who said he wanted to be a Doctor but said people from “round here” don’t get to become doctors
I told him:
I grew up round the corner from here. Dad was a bus driver, Mum started as a cleaner and seamstress
If I can do it so can YOU – just work hard
This is what working in schools is all about – encouraging children to aspire and helping them get there. Working in a school whether as a teacher or in another role, makes a difference to children, with visible results. If you ask most potential teachers “why do you want to become a teacher?” They’ll mention the ability to make a real difference in children’s lives. Unlike other professions where you may work behind the scenes, staff in schools see the visible changes up front. There’s nothing quite like seeing the spark of understanding on a child’s face as a lesson “clicks” for them. Why do it? So that you can impact children from all walks of life, imparting lessons that will help shape the next generation and help them fulfil their dreams.