Thanks heaps to the team at Seven Sharp for this - it was so much fun (as you can see by my raucous laughter at one point!). If you’re ever in a similar position, I hope you’re also lucky enough to have Julian Lee interview you and Tony George film it - they were great. (Also, I was genuinely thrilled to hear Hilary Barry say my name!😂) ... See MoreSee Less
My awesome mentor teacher during my teacher training. Well done! You famous (woops not good English there 😂)
Loved watching this Jo. So, so pleased your expertise and love& enthusiasm for our awesome subject is being spread far and wide🥰. Ka rawe
Congratulations Jo! That was such an awesome interview. You're really a super star.
Keep up the Great Work
I loved you as my English teacher at Karamu and am still learning from you all these years later. I am now a teacher aide in a mixed year 2, 3, 4 class and a mum to daughters 7 and 10 and your wee videos are amazing. You have a way of making things makes sense, so thank you!
I’m thinking of teachers today - and standing with them (metaphorically speaking - too soon after my knee replacement!😂). I know what teaching’s like. How wonderful, exhilarating, inspiring. How exhausting, relentless, consuming. How whatever you do is never enough. The feeling of personal failure when the end-of-year tests don’t measure up to your beginning-of-year hopes.
I remember the joy of extra hours spent with kids on school shows, debating, yearbook - and the sadness that those were hours spent away from my own kids. The jittery feeling of too much coffee on a Sunday as the last essay moved from the ‘unmarked’ to the ‘marked’ pile.
During COVID, and now post floods and cyclone, I’ve felt so sad for all the students whose education has been profoundly disrupted. I’ve agreed with every word on the news about that issue. But I’ve listened almost in vain for some recognition of what teachers have gone through. I’m not saying other people haven’t suffered. Of course I’m not. But for every casual mention of an adaption schools were making - online learning, say, or classrooms where some students were physically present and some were online, I imagined the teachers scrambling to make that work. Learning the technology, working out where to put the camera, how to keep student involvement alive. And all the while risking infection or dealing with their own damage, and trying to keep their families safe.
So I say good on you. You deserve what you’re asking for. Stand strong. And link arms, so you can hold each other up. ... See MoreSee Less
Nicely said, Jo! The adaptations required of teachers over the past three years and their accompanying stressors have been huge. The flow-on effects of disrupted learning on students are also continuing. Teachers deserve proper recognition and support if we are to recruit and retain the best professionals. I hope ze knee is soon tip-top. Good interview on Seven Sharp, as well! Xx
Beautifully put, Jo x
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