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Blogtober Day 5 – A Special Teacher

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Today is world teachers day, so of course Blogtober’s prompt of the day is Education. I’m going to share the story of a special teacher, who made a massive difference to my life.

Back when I was in year 4, (or 2nd year Juniors), I had a teacher called Mrs Roach. I’d had a lot of time off during the previous school year because my sister was poorly and in and out of hospital.

Why was she a special teacher?

Back then, there were over 30 of us in her class, and teaching assistants weren’t a thing. She had to split herself between us all. That was no easy feat. Mrs Roach realised I was behind my peers with reading and spelling in particular, and set about helping me.

special teacher - bad spelling

I had always had a love of books – but only books I wanted to read. I’d refuse point blank to read a book if it didn’t interest me, so the school books my precious teacher had sent home would remain untouched.

Rather than forcing me to read the remaining levelled books I should have been reading, Mrs Roach gave me a copy of Charlie and the chocolate factory to read, and asked me to write about what I’d like to do if I was Charlie.

How did it help?

We knew I’d be off for a week as my sister was having a big operation and I had to stay with my Nanna who lived too far away for me to get to school, so I made it my mission to read that book and write the essay.

special teacher - child reading

My Nanna gave me her dictionary to help me with spellings and it was like the holy grail! I felt like I’d found the answer page at the back of a quiz book. Suddenly, not only was I reading the most brilliant book ever, but I was learning the meaning of words that had baffled me for a long time. (“Synchronised” always baffled me – “the swimmers don’t sink, though”?)

I went back to school and gave my write up to my teacher. Mrs Roach drew a big smiley face on it and said it was an excellent report. I’m pretty sure THAT was the moment I started to enjoy learning, and became more focussed in school. I tried harder, worked better and enjoyed school more from that point. Mrs Roach was definitely a special teacher, who had a way of engaging me like no teacher had before.

Who else inspired me?

I had many other great teachers who inspired me in so many ways. Academically speaking, Mrs Roach definitely kick started my passion to learn.

Mrs Sheridan gave me a love of music and singing, Mr Reynolds expanded on that and made me love history, Mrs Lee made me enjoy science, Mr Burrows gave me the confidence to speak up, my Dad gave me a love of Maths. Each of them was a special teacher in their own right.

Did you have any amazing teachers who you’ve never forgotten?

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Comments (6):

  1. Maria [The Southerner Blogs]

    05/10/2018 at 11:02 am

    What a special tribute to an equally special teacher. Do you have any way of contacting her now and telling her of the impact she had on you? 🙂

  2. Anne

    05/10/2018 at 5:27 pm

    How lovely that you have a special teacher to thank. It was a long time since I went to school and although I remember some teachers with fondness I think I have some of my kids teachers to thank more.

  3. Kim Carberry

    05/10/2018 at 9:45 pm

    Aww! How lovely to have such a wonderful teacher!
    I don’t really have any teachers who I can think of which taught me but my youngest had a teacher who was amazing with her and got her through her SATs, stopped some bullying and saw that she may have Autism. I can never thank her enough x

    • Tina @ GirlsGospel

      05/10/2018 at 9:48 pm

      Aww she sounds amazing! My son has Autism and I suspect my daughter is on the spectrum too. X

  4. Tea and Cake for the Soul

    06/10/2018 at 9:35 pm

    What a lovely post.

  5. Rachel Simons

    07/10/2018 at 6:31 pm

    What a lovely post. My daughters teacher in year 6 was absolutely amazing. He encouraged her so much with everything. It is a shame she had to go into year 7 and a new school this year.


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