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  • Writer's pictureAlison Willis

Intergenerational Teaching

I knew I wanted to become a teacher when I was very young. I remember writing that down in a journal I had in the early 80s. Initially, I didn't know why however when I was about 12 or 13 I got to help out in my cousin's pre-primary class at a local Pre-School and that's when I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I was the family babysitter for at least 6 younger cousins in my early and late teens. I think my passion just grew from there. Fast forward 22 years in the industry, I've come to know teaching not only as a career but a vocation. I've been lucky to teach in Singapore, London and Turkey. I love that teaching for me brings great satisfaction. A work environment that is never dull the daily challenges and discoveries that make teaching such a rewarding adventure. I have a strong desire to help people. As a teacher it gives me the opportunity to contribute to my community and make a difference in a child's life. Teaching is not just about teaching a child to read or write I consider my duty to go beyond that. It is also to be a mentor, a confidant and a friend. My teaching philosophy of education is that all children are unique and need a simulating educational environment where they can grow mentality, physically, emotionally and socially. Sharing ideas and taking risks in a safe environment to do so. Teaching is a long life process that evolves as much or little as you allow it to. Currently I am teaching in a grade two class at a school where I myself went as a child. Both my two young girls also attend the same school. My connection to the school is great as is my investment. I feel this gives me a greater understanding of the needs of the children and their families.

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