#RSMFridayFastFive – Mr Austin
Mr Austin is a form teacher and also teaches PE and Games. In this week’s #RSMFridayFastFive, he tells us what he loves most about his chosen career.
Why did you become a teacher? – Even after university, I still wasn’t completely sure what direction my career would take. I was lucky enough to work at RSM during my degree, and this is where I first fell in love with the job (although seeing how hard my mum worked as a teacher should have been enough to put me off!). I love how each day is unique and brings its own challenges; I think it is one of the most rewarding professions.
Why Upper School? – I don’t think I will stay in Upper School forever as I want to keep challenging myself and continue to develop as a teacher. I loved my time in Year 6, especially preparing children for the next stage of their life, and am now very much enjoying Year 4. I have been fortunate enough to work with some wonderful teachers.
Favourite subjects at school? – Obviously I have to say PE and Games! There are so many positives to exercise, and I love to coach and pass on my knowledge of certain sports. I also enjoyed maths and and found learning new processes fascinating.
Most Memorable Teaching Moment? – I have been so proud of the way in which all children at RSM have approached this current [Covid lockdown] situation. The work that I have been receiving from my class has been incredible; I know all the other teachers feel the same. Sitting typing this from my living room has made me reflect on how lucky I am to be in this profession. It’s almost impossible to pinpoint a most memorable moment as there have been so many moments that inspire me to do my job.
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”
All we ask for as teachers is that the children put their best into what they do. Everybody is allowed an off day, but it is so important to learn from your mistakes and to keep on trying.