Friday, October 17, 2014

I Always Thought... I'd Be A Social Studies Teacher

When I went to college I wanted to be a Social Studies teacher.  I wanted to share the important and well-known, along with the seemingly unimportant events in history that brought us where we are today.  To share, analyze and find the patterns in history that repeat themselves.

Then I graduated and couldn't find a job.  I worked as a substitute teacher for a long while before deciding to get a second teaching license so I could find a job.  I talked to the principal in my building about teaching Special Education when he suggested I get a reading degree.

Flash forward four years and I am an intervention reading teacher.  This is my second year in 6th grade.  Did I mention that I only ever wanted to teach high school?

However I've discovered that I really enjoy my job.  Sure there are parts that are challenging.  There are parts that I don't enjoy as much.  But I love seeing these kids start to take on discovering who they will be.  Learning to be good people, members of society, strong stewards and responsible citizens.

I love asking a student what they like, then walking into the library and finding a book that they might enjoy.  I love when a student who doesn't like to read, comes up to me before class to tell me they finished a book.

Where my career will go next I have no idea.  I'm still not tenured but am hopeful I'll stick around my current position and building for awhile.

Today I sit thinking about where my life is going, where it's turned.  And am surprised at the bends in the river I never saw coming.  I'm anxious to see where it goes next.  And am hopeful that it is all good things.

Remember, many things in life can wait,but enjoying your work and The Sunset Won't.

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