As a well-known educator, D. Iravkin said, “To be a good teacher, we must first love what you teach and who you teach”. This is considered to be a truth for anyone who wishes to become a teacher. Particularly, it applies to kindergarten teachers who must take care of their students as their own children. This is also a necessary element in recruitment standards for kindergarten teachers at The Western Australian International School System (WASS). No matter what position, teachers at WASS always treasure the smiles of their students as if they were gifts – an appreciated and treasured part of their teaching career.
Being “private doctors” to the students
The students spend approximately two thirds of their day at school with their teachers. The teachers not only teach but also look after the health of their students and of course help and comfort them if they are sick. Appreciative smiles from their students always motivates teachers at the start of every new day.
Being versatile artists
In the junior classes, the teachers make their own lovely handmade toys with attractive decorations for the children. It is part of continuous creativity and passion for childcare among kindergarten teachers at WASS. The teachers also spend a lot of time helping the students prepare wonderful musical repertoires which makes coming to class an exciting experience.
Being smart psychologists
The first six years in a child’s life form a very important period for their physical and psychology development. In this stage, the students need to be guided and educated through modern teaching methodologies. Accordingly, kindergarten teachers have been trained to be subtle psychologists who know what the students need, and who know when to help them, and what are they thinking or what are they feeling at any time. Therefore, the teachers are able to help their students to keep smiling always.