My first week!

Novice educator Charlotte Cooper has described her first week as a teacher as challenging, overwhelming, but very rewarding.

Newly appointed to Bakewell Primary School, the high achieving Charles Darwin University graduate believes she has already built a “positive rapport” with her students, and is confident of feeling “much more settled in the near future”.

“As a new graduate I am still feeling somewhat overwhelmed with everything that I am doing, however it is slowly coming together, and the very supportive team at Bakewell Primary School have mentored and guided me every day,” she said.

“I love teaching primary school students because the content taught is fun and engaging, and I find it incredibly rewarding to observe the great changes that occur in primary school students over the course of a school year.

“The most challenging aspect of teaching this week has been dealing with the different personalities, attitudes and behaviours in the classroom. But the children have already begun to understand their daily routines, the structure in the classroom, and the necessity of putting up their hands for my attention instead of calling out, or coming up to me and tugging my shirt.”

Charlotte Cooper is drawing inspiration from the best teachers of her school years.

“I had some fantastic teachers throughout my schooling, and I hope to have the same impact on my students that these teachers had on me,” she said.

Charlotte Cooper