A few people in the last few weeks have asked my about blogging at St Luke’s. For some the idea is met with groans or a subtle hint that it is just another thing to add to the plate. But as I sit here in my empty classroom finishing up the end of 2019, I am writing my 16th blog as part of the St Luke’s team. As I look back suddenly I have a glimpse into the journey of a St Luke’s teacher.
My first blog as a teacher at St Luke’s was titled ‘Into The Deep‘ and the name is still very timely for me. The saying that we are building the plane as we fly it at St Luke’s is still very much the case. This year I made the move to stage 2, I attended the STEM Academy at Sydney University (STEMtastic) and we delved into a whole new world with targeting our pillars.
Perhaps most importantly, through blog posts this year, I tried to reflect on my why. At this time of year often people lose sight of the why behind Christmas and it is often easy to lose sight of the why behind teaching. As I enter my 4th year of teaching next year, I am under no illusion that I am very much still an early career teacher. I am still learning my practice and reflecting on what I can do better, but my why is the beautiful students who sit in front of me everyday. The students that ask questions because they are interested, not because they have too. Other students who have had tougher years in their personal lives than I could ever imagine and still come to school each day with a smile on their face and a “goodmorning Miss Ryall.”
And as always this time of year calls for gratitude and reflections. My highlight for the year was working with an extremely talented beginning teacher who taught me just as much as (hopefully!) I taught her. Hannah’s relationships with students is one to be admired and I am glad I got to experience the stage 2 2019 journey with her. When I reflect on the struggles of the year, I think the hardest part, was the juggling act. I think I might still be saying this in my 20th year of teaching! The constant battle of whether you are doing enough while still trying to have a work life balance – it’s tough.
Last but not least, I am forever grateful for the opportunity to teach and learn at St Luke’s. I have learnt more in the past two years than I ever have before and I am constantly pushed outside of my comfort zone.
2020.. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got!