The light-bulb effect

You know those things, no matter how small, that make you happy? For me it’s the smell of coffee and freshly baked bread? This short post is about the feeling for me in the classroom – it’s one that lasts longer than a smell because I know deep down, it’s something that could make a difference to someone else.

So…into week 4 of the new academic year; wading through all the marking, planning, assessment, meetings – the list goes on!

What I have to keep telling myself is that the children are learning and for the most part, in a fun way. However, do you ever get the feeling that it just isn’t happening? After a long, hard day…over 80 odd books to mark and prep to do for the next day; sometimes it gets a little too much.

UNTIL, my friends, in a lesson you thought some children may struggle with but you keep the expectations high – BOOM! The moment when you see the penny drop on a child’s face is absolutely priceless. What we all came into the profession for. It’s what I call the light-bulb effect! Every time it happens, I feel so elated! We try to make all our lessons engaging, fun, lively…we make our lessons challenging, thought provoking, stimulating. The light-bulb effect doesn’t always rear it’s beautiful head because for the most part, children get it.

I know that many believe this should happen all the time, and internally, I’m sure it does. However, it’s the quieter children that sometimes escape the radar but when you help them – 1-1, when you see the mist lift. It’s one of the best feelings in the world.

When you’re bogged down with a never ending paper trail – always remember who you’re doing the job for. That effect can last longer than the flick of a switch!


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