Brittney participated in the very first BJP Physie Camp held for young aspiring teachers. We will be holding another Physie Camp this year (stay tuned for further details about physie camp tomorrow!).
Brittney, Alix, Kaleisha and Savannah also attended physie camp in 2015 and are looking fabulous and proud in their associate uniform at Junior Zone this year.
- What’s your favourite thing about Physie?
My favourite thing about Physie is going to class every week; whether that be as a teacher or student, knowing that I am entering my happy place. Since I was a little girls, Physie has been almost like an escape for me. It is a place that you meet friends for life, have a social gathering each week as well as being healthy and doing something good for your body.
- What inspired you to start teaching Physie?
When I was 9 I knew I wanted to be a physie teacher and went along to help with the tiny tots class. I love the amazing feeling that you get as a Physie teacher when you see how much your students have improved.
What’s your most memorable moment as a teacher?
My most memorable moment…… there are so many! I think one that I will never forget was in my first year of teaching the tiny tots. One girl who had cried the whole way through the ribbon competition at the beginning of the year, actually completed the work with a smile on her face in late November that same year. I love that memory and I think that is what really inspired me to go further and give girls the confidence to shine!What have you learned from teaching Physie?
Through having the opportunity to teach physie I have learned many things. Such things include learning about myself. I have learnt resilience through my students. The way that they can bounce back and not give up when they don’t achieve their goals is inspiring. I have learned patience and learnt to smile even when you’re down. Students are counting on you every week and you have to be at your best for them. I love all that I can learn from these students!
- What was it like when you first started teaching Physie?
It was difficult. My first class I remember the feeling of my heart beating out of my chest and worrying that the parents were watching me, but in actual fact they were all very supportive. I remember feeling a little bit overwhelmed, even though my students were only 5 & 6, but I soon realised that I was their role model. They wanted to listen and they wanted to learn. So if you do feel overwhelmed, continue and believe in yourself!
- What’s the best thing about being a Physie teacher?
Wow! How do I possibly pin point this? If I had to choose the best thing about being a physie teacher, I would have to say that it would be seeing the smile on the girls faces every week. When I see them achieve their goals and how happy they are after working hard. There is nothing better.
- What’s something about teaching Physie that you didn’t expect?
I didn’t expect to become a role model. This might sound silly but I did not expect the girls to become so comfortable around me and even ask personal questions. I am more than a physie teacher; I am a person that the girls can go to when they need someone they can trust, someone that they can look to for advice in regards to life or physie. That’s something I definitely didn’t expect but I love doing.
- How has teaching changed you?
Teaching has helped me to see a positive in every circumstance. When you don’t reach your goals there is always next year. That is something that I have had to try to instil into my students and in doing so, it has changed my outlook.
- What would you say to someone who wants to become a Physie teacher?
I would say give it a try. There is no harm in trying. Do not be nervous, hold your head high and go in there as enthusiastic as you possibly can. These children will look up to you no matter what, so show them that you are always proud of them and encourage them to do their best. Teaching physie comes with so many other opportunities and is one of the most intrinsically rewarding steps I have ever taken in life.What was Physie Camp like?
Honestly to begin with I thought that I would be “too old” to go on Physie Camp. Was I wrong though! I was surrounded by awesome people and we all had so much fun. We spent most of our time laughing and having a great time! We went through the syllabus for the tiny tots and even had the opportunity to choreograph our own stuff. It gave me the opportunity to become really good friends with other girls and form networks all over the country. I was given ideas and different ways to teach classes and how to get the most out of every lesson. It was all about inspiring us and encouraging us to be the best that we could be. I would honestly do it all again now! Would recommend 10/10!