The Conversation: Linda, Avesha and Iman

 Linda, Avesha and Iman discuss the joys of teaching as part of the Haverstock Journalism Project, managed by Danielle Corgan.

Linda, Avesha and Iman discuss the joys of teaching as part of the Haverstock Journalism Project, managed by Danielle Corgan.

Linda: What do you want to be when you leave school?

Avesha: A teacher.

Linda: That’s good.

Iman: I want to be a teacher.

Linda: Sometimes as a teacher it is good to bring life experiences to your job. I lived in lots of different countries because of my husband’s job, Asia, South America. I brought those experiences into my teaching.

You could go and do something for three or four years. Teaching is not a soft option and you have to like children. There are good doctors and bad doctors, good accountants and bad ones but people can normally count the number of good teachers on one hand. Can you remember the good teachers that you had?

Iman: Yes. It was Miss Machicado she always helped me with my work and she came from Brazil and started an after school club to teach Spanish and the Club is still on today and lots of children go to it.

Linda: She sounds special.

Avesha: My favourite teacher was Miss Pye every Friday she made up something called FAT – it was short for Friday’s Activity Today and anytime I needed help she would help me.

Linda: So she was kind… do you reckon that is what makes a good teacher – being kind?

Avesha: No not really.

Linda: Oh I think being kind is important, don’t you?

Iman: When you are teaching you have to know when to be strict.

Linda: Well that’s true.

Iman: You have to show the children you are teaching that you are in charge. We had a teacher and a lot of the children played around because she had just started teaching and they took the mickey out of her and now she is very strict and we all behave!

Linda: So you have to have boundaries. You are right I went to teach in a Primary School with seven year olds and their last supply teacher they had locked in the cupboard!

Iman: A cupboard?

Linda: Yes. So I didn’t let them go out to play for a whole year.

Avesha: What about lunch break?

Linda: No! They stayed indoors and I eat with them.  The reason for that was to set a high standard and show them who was boss!