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Kool for skool

10 April 2012

“Thank you sir, you are really funny.” This is not a commendation I would typically strive for as a solicitor. However, given the circumstances, it was a plaudit I was happy to take, especially given that it was offered by a street savvy 15-year-old student before 9 'o clock on a chilly Thursday morning.

I should clarify. I wasn’t representing a client in an under-age employment scandal, but rather taking some tentative baby steps towards a potential new career as a schoolteacher. Even before stepping a foot into the classroom and facing down a blank-faced jury of teenage girls, the harsh realities of teaching were obvious: lesson planning; curriculum demands; an obscene 6.30am start; nervous, self-conscious preening and tie selection.

What sort of a teacher would you want to be? I was never going to be the football team coach slash PE teacher. The only standard I set for myself was to improve on the occasional supply teacher I remembered who could never take con...

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