Diary of a Teacher (DoT) with Titilope Ogundele

‘Phonics Teacher, I Like You’

I was teaching Nursery 3 pupils; their class teacher was not in the class and so we were all by ourselves. We were done with Phonics lesson for the day, but we were having some chit chat. I do not even remember what we were actually discussing, but I sat with them and we were gisting’; we only do that when the class teacher is not in the class.

In the course of our gist, one of them- a young boy- just looked at me and said, ‘Phonics teacher, I like you.’

Awwwwwwwwnnnn! I began to blush.

That simple statement from an innocent soul touched my heart. It really meant a lot to me.

I don’t know what was really going on in his mind, I may not understand what triggered that statement. I don’t even know what I did to earn his admiration, but that simple statement made my day, probably my week.

One thing I noticed with the pupils in this particular class is that they put on a ‘serious look’ whenever their class teacher is in the class. They are more expressive when the class teacher is not in the class. I must confess that I prefer the expressive side.

Although, our culture does not recognise the voice of children, I am of a contrary opinion. Over the years, I have learnt to listen to children and pay attention to what they say. I have learnt to see sense in their seemingly childish talks.

Pay attention to what children say, do not shut them up.

They are curious. They are inquisitive. They are wise. They are special. And, they are important.

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