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The Joyful Moments in a Teacher's Classroom

As a teacher, every day brings a unique blend of challenges and rewards. But amidst the hustle and bustle, there are those sparkling moments of pure joy that remind us why we chose this profession. Today, I want to share with you some heartwarming stories about the classroom that have been given to us by other Teacher Tapp respondents.

The Little Victories

Teachers often find joy in their students’ achievements, no matter how small. “One of my students, who isn’t usually academically outstanding, shone in our French lessons this week,” a teacher shares. “Naming her the star of the week and seeing her reaction was priceless.”

Another teacher talks about the satisfaction of engaging a challenging class in a source analysis task, where the students, despite multiple disruptions in previous lessons, showed impressive understanding of the content.

Unexpected Moments of Growth

Sometimes, it’s the unexpected triumphs that bring the most joy. A teacher describes a student with special educational needs participating in a maths lesson on equal terms, without any differentiation.

Another recounts a moment when a student who struggled with emotional regulation was able to express his feelings using words instead of physical reactions. “It’s taken a long time to get here, but it’s such a huge progress,” they proudly state.

The Power of Connection

For many teachers, it’s the personal connections that stand out. One teacher talks about the delight in teaching an engaging art lesson with good behaviour and no interruptions, while another mentions the deep satisfaction of having valuable discussions with Year 11 students about their futures.

Humour and Fun

Amidst the seriousness of education, there’s always room for a bit of fun. A teacher recalls a moment of harmless mischief when their Year 8 class hid a rubber cockroach on their mouse. “I screamed, pretending to be scared. It made their day,” they laugh.

One teacher recalls a special moment playing ‘Jingle Bells’ with a student who usually faces severe behavioural challenges. “She sang the ‘Batman smells’ version,” the teacher shares with a smile. “It’s a privilege to see the best side of her.”


These stories are but a glimpse into the joys that teachers experience in their classrooms. From the little victories to the profound moments of student growth, each day in the life of a teacher is filled with opportunities to make a positive impact. It’s these moments, these connections, and these triumphs, big and small, that can make the challenging days worth it. Try to take a moment at the end of each day to remember these little moments of pleasure.