By Azba Rasheed
Kia ora whanau! Welcome to my very first blog. I promise to keep it short and sweet!
This is a chance for me to tell you all about myself…yep, this should be interesting.
It all began 21 years ago, a cry that could be heard from miles away. A beautiful, precious child was born to two proud parents. How will the world look at me? How would I see the world? Every parent dreams for their child to simply be happy, whatever happiness may mean to them. They want their child to engage in many rich opportunities and life experiences, to be safe and to be the best they can be. This too, can be said about teachers and their students. We want children to achieve and strive for excellence that will prepare them for a promising future.
Each day I step into a classroom made up of unique, gorgeous children with a sense of wonder and curiosity filled in their eyes, then bang! Out of nowhere comes Miss Rasheed singing and dancing like she doesn’t care (but you won’t catch me doing this!). Laughter fills the room with a few brave kids joining in. Laughter truly is the best medicine.
Where am I going with this? I am so lucky to be in a profession where no day is the same. I really enjoy (believe it or not) each day with the kids. I make a conscious effort to remember how I would like each child to leave school at the end of the day. I still remember my school years vividly. I can’t tell you exactly what I learnt but I can tell you the teachers that made me feel good about myself, the ones that truly cared about me and my learning. I know what it’s like ‘learning’. How challenging it can be yet exciting, discovering things we never knew. I truly appreciate and value how hard it must be for kids to take on board so much learning each day. They are incredible learners, patient and confident. I love learning with the kids. We explore and discover things together. They tell me how ‘cool’ it is when Miss Rasheed ‘joins in with our learning’.
How often do we make mistakes? In my class we like to call them ‘learning opportunities’. It’s a chance for us to seize this opportunity to create new understanding and learning experiences. It’s very humbling hearing children say ‘hey Miss Rasheed I got this wrong but I can see where I went wrong’. The point that I’m trying to make is mistakes lead to discoveries. Encourage children that without mistakes how would we know what to work on?
On a final note, I want children to love learning, to have fun and appreciate the journey ahead and I’m happy to be a small part of that journey.