#RSMFridayFastFive – Mrs Sedgwick
Why did you become a teacher?
I used to work in recruitment and although I quite enjoyed my job, I felt unfulfilled. When I was younger, I had contemplated teaching and so I decided to ask a local school if I could go in and do some voluntary work with them. I knew this would give me a good idea as to whether I would like to retrain and become a teacher or not. I loved working in the school environment from the minute I got there – I especially enjoyed the variety that was within my working day, there was not a minute to get bored! Working with children and seeing them flourish was one of the best aspects of the job – this was something that I found truly rewarding.
Why Upper School?
I’ve always chosen to work in Upper School as I love the independence and resilience that the children are cultivating. It’s great to see their interests sparked and their characters developing – it makes teaching in Upper School a lot of fun.
Favourite Subjects at School?
I enjoyed most subjects at school, but my favourites were English, History, Art and all the sports.
Most Memorable Teaching Moment?
Each year is unique and throws up many memorable moments, but one that sticks in my mind as a unique experience was when we went into lockdown and started teaching online. Having all of the class together in a ‘virtual’ group was amazing, they were so happy to be reunited and see each other online – it was an important time to be able to stay connected as a class community.
Albert Einstein sums it up perfectly for me: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”