Thursday 2nd December 2021

Thank A Teacher. #LifeThisWeek 26/52. 2018.53.

Thank A Teacher. #LifeThisWeek 26/52. 2018.53.

It’s coming up to end of first semester or end of term 2 2018.  School holidays are about to commence, or have and are not far off in most states and territories of Australia. I know that folks in the Northern Hemisphere are also on the long school summer vacation.

My old Primary School: I went here and taught here for 2 practice teaching times.

There’s a saying around that ‘teachers have it so good’ :

         9.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m. It is a great career. Look, the hours AND the holidays!






Do you believe it?

Well, here I am to de-bunk that myth right now!

These days here’s what most teachers are up to in the so-called holidays….

  • attending professional education conferences as attendees and presenters, most often at their own costs
  • planning the work that they will be presenting as part of the beginning of Term 3 called ‘SDD’ or ‘School Development Day’
  • meeting colleagues in schools and other venues to share ideas, make programs and plan for the educational needs of the students in the schools for Term 3 and beyond
  • marking essays, projects, assignments and adding to the program requirements for the term ahead to enable kids’ best learning to occur
  • making most of the child-free environment in their classrooms/halls/libraries and faculty areas to plan, file, cover books, accession records, add information and ‘get the work’ done so that when the kids return the priority is teaching and learning
  • attending to their personal and professional development by working on their portfolios and making plans for meeting the teaching standards as per the Australian Curriculum and their Education Authority.


My first…and last photo! This High School was where I attended 1962-67. Then in August 2015 I re-visited and presented for the last time to a professional meeting of teachers.

  • attending Winter Residential schools as they complete their post-graduate courses or degrees. Others may be teaching at Universities which often have holidays outside school holidays.
  • volunteering to help kids in school holiday care settings & camps where they may be paid to supplement wages.
  • One person who is very close to me, completed her Masters In Education (Teacher/Librarianship) over the years during HER school holidays, taking some long service leave to finish the last semester (busy single mother with 4 differing needs’ kids) She also volunteers at a Museum in Sydney in her not-spare time.

My Graduation M.Ed & our daughter’s over 23 years later!

They also make some time, I am hopeful, for caring for themselves physically and mentally by having some time out to personal care, relax, meet with friends and spend time with family as it is important to come back to school well and ready to go and….

Term 3 here we come. but not quite yet..

Maybe when you see your child’s teacher(s) next how about saying ‘thanks!’

My very best wishes to my family and friends who are teachers.

I KNOW how much you needed the ‘break’ and how hard you work.

The ways in which to thank a teacher are many but I always loved those who took the time to tell me face to face or to write it. It was never about the gifts. Always about how I was made to feel. Appreciated.

Once a teacher, always a teacher. It’s in me. I cannot let it go but I also love that too!

End 2009 official last days as a teacher. Unsurprisingly there were a few more!


Joining with Alicia here for Open Slather. She is a teacher too.

Life This Week 26/52. We are HALF-WAY everyone!!

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Next Week’s Optional Prompt: 27/52. Taking Stock 3. 2/7/18.





  1. Thanks, Denyse, for hosting the link up. Teaching is hard work with many responsibilities, some with long term effects on the students. I do want to thank my teachers for teaching me many important subjects such as history, geography, math, etc. They make my travels come alive.

  2. How can we be halfway???? Fabulous post Denyse. I still remember an English teacher and a history teacher who brought the subjects so alive for me that I still have an interest today.

    • I know!! Wasn’t it just Summer?
      Yes teachers who have a love for their subjects and can pass that on to their students have a gift.

      My modern history teacher was one such person and I learned how to write good essays from her too.

      Denyse x

  3. Nice post and good reminder! When I help out at kitchen I’ve been saying it face to face! And when they go to camp! Who’d sign up for that!!??!!!

    • I know! I admit I was a school camp non-attender but my daughter did on many occasions.

      Thank goodness for those who do not mind the overnight stays and all that means.

      It is nice, though, when parents acknowledge it. I have heard stories of parents being late to pick up their kids after those camps and not even a thank you when they turn up.

      Denyse x

  4. Wow, Teachers really don’t get much of a break! They really deserve more credit than they get. 🙂

    • It is true. Even though teachers are ‘on school holidays’ they still only have official holidays of the 4 weeks at Christmas time. Whilst it is not mandated to do work in the other holidays or attend courses etc most teachers do to keep up with changes and developments in curriculum and so on.

      Denyse x

  5. Our daughter teaches high school English and works ridiculously long hours with all the marking and preparation she does. I tell her that she’s supposed to be working 9-3 and she always laughs! I think a lot is expected of teachers these days and to do the job really well, you invest a lot of time and blood sweat and tears. Great reading about a ;year in your life x

    • Oh Leanne, I hope you do not say that anymore!!

      Teachers are often at school an hour or two before 9 and well after 3. Most meetings are scheduled then as well.

      There is always an expectation for teachers to do and give even more of themselves but the job is not that well paid. Hence, it has to be something you like to do as well.

      I loved it even though I was over the extra bureaucratic demands as we entered the 2000s.

      Denyse x

  6. Teachers do amazing work and that’s why I could never be one. I would find that sort of work load very daunting.

    • It is a job you need to enjoy. I still miss aspects of it.

      I love being with little kids in particular. Before they get taller than me!

      Denyse x

  7. Teachers must be the most patient of people. I wouldn’t last half a day!

    • Well in some ways I would not call me patient! However I always knew I liked helping little kids learn and seeing them grow in their understanding of the world so there was lots of pay offs.

      I am still comfortable around young kids which is one reason I loved caring for some of our grandkids before we left Sydney.

      Denyse x

  8. I thought I wanted to be a teacher, but then I had kids. Thank you to all the teachers who do things with my kids that I couldn’t!

    • That is a lovely thing to say. I am sure the teachers appreciate you as a parent of their students too.

      Denyse x

  9. I definitely don’t think teachers have it easy! I once wanted to become a teacher but decided against it and worked in supported playgroups instead, I’m simply not cut out for the classroom! You have to be one amazing human to teach, guide and grow so many little minds.

    • I see lots of teaching moments happening with you and the children.

      However not everyone wants to be in a classroom with more than 4.

      I think most people know where they fit in terms of a career path and it doesn’t come easily to others.

      I think you do a great job with your 4.

      Denyse x

  10. I have so much admiration for all the teachers I’ve known in my own life as a student as well as the ones I’m meeting through my son.

    Thank you for sharing the behind the scenes of life as a teacher today, Denyse.

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you SSG. I bet it is different this year with your son at school. I hope he is going well as you settle into your ‘school mum’ role too.

      Denyse x

  11. Such a lovely post. And lovely pictures too. I think teachers and nurses are very undervalued professions. Thanks for sharing life as a teacher – very insightful.

    • Thank you Suzy! I cannot hide my passion for teachers and teaching! I think as you do, that nurses need much appreciation too.

      Denyse x

  12. Hi Denyse! I so agree that most of us don’t honor and thank our teachers enough–when they are on break or when they are in the thick of it. I’m not a teacher but I have good friends who are so I know that what they do is incredibly important and time-consuming. And here in the U.S. they are not paid nearly enough for what they do. It was interesting to hear a bit of how it works in your side of the world, but either way, teachers deserve all the thanks we can give them. ~Kathy

    • Thanks Kathy, yes I am aware that teachers in the US often end up paying for many resources themselves and that for some, holidays are not paid. Ages ago I visited Hawaii and the man who took us on a day trip in a mini bus was a teacher but he had to do this job too! Teaching is something that is so important it is sad that there is not enough monetary compensation for the role. It is still a job done for the love of kids and learning for most teachers! Denyse x

  13. Amazing! Thank you for sharing, Denyse. I had an amazing teacher in years 3 through 5 who impacted my life in so many ways. I still think of her fondly to this day, and sometimes, I even run into her in the street of our small’sih town. It’s wonderful.

    • That is so so good to know and I think that would be special for the teacher as well as you when you catch up!
      Thanks for linking up again btw!
      Denyse x

  14. Hi Denyse, I just loved this post! I grew up in a family of educators and understood the commitment it took to be effective and successful. I am so blessed now to work alongside a large number of professors and lecturers at the university where I teach. I dearly love teaching college students/young adults! I hope you were properly thanked and appreciated along your journey!

    • Lovely to read this Terri! Thank you for sharing your story of teaching. In the latter years I taught pre-service teachers at Masters Level and some of them I encountered later and yes, they were appreciative and I did give lots of help to them as a group on how to be a casual teacher – or relief teacher – as many of them would start like that. I know as the years of classroom teaching went when I became promoted, I really enjoyed mentoring new and beginning teachers too.
      So pleased you dropped by to comment.
      Denyse x