The day was set up where several classes came together for a dance lesson in the morning, followed by an assembly and then sports rotations in the afternoon. This meant that the casual teacher got to work alongside Harold for a good part of the day.
When he recalled the day, he came to life as he spoke about his observations and experiences with Harold. It was clear that the reflection of this elder teacher confirmed within this teacher everything that he loved about education and working with kids.
The teacher spoke about how when he saw the outline for the morning dance lesson, he was a bit sceptical as to whether the kids would really get into that lesson and style of dancing. Then he spoke about watching Harold run the dance class; how Harold got in there and was so enthusiastic about what he was doing and was having so much fun, that all the kids couldn’t help but get involved and the other teachers really got into it too.
The casual teacher said it was amazing to observe how Harold held the space, had a laugh with the kids, held the boundaries and, because he was so full of life, the kids just loved whatever he did.
As the teacher recalled his day, it was clear that Harold’s reflection had left an ongoing impression on him, that he was able to draw on as inspiration when he went into school.
This conversation reminded me of the many dedicated and committed elder teachers I know - all who have different qualities and ways of expression, but whose presence and steadiness bring a huge amount of support to the whole school community and whose reflection constantly reminds you of what’s important.