Teaching Tuesday

As some of you know {or now will know}, I’m a teacher.  I teach learning disabilities special education {whatever that means} in an elementary school.  I’ve taught K-2 self-contained, K-1 self-contained, 3rd grade inclusion, and now 4th grade inclusion will join the ranks this year.  I also run a software-based reading remediation program for grades 3 – 5.  Whew!  Makes me a little tired thinking about all those different grades and settings!  I was not one of those people who knew from birth that I wanted to teach.  I confess that I didn’t even like small kids.  I mean, they were okay, but I definitely didn’t want to hang out with them all day every day.  After much thought, several different career paths, and a lot of college classes, I became a fully licensed teacher in 2009 after earning my Master’s from Old Dominion University.  I say all this, because today’s high school seniors are expected to know immediately what they want to do with their lives almost immediately upon entering high school.  I confess I was to scared to explore a lot of options.  I secretly wanted to be a chef!  Ha!  I think the hours would have done me in, but you never know!!!!  I think a lot of kids {yes, high schoolers are definitely kids} feel the pressure and throw out whatever career seems lucrative AND acceptable to their parents, peers, etc.  Now, I’m very content with teaching most days, but a part of me does wish I took a little more time to think.  A little more time to explore options.  And had a little more knowledge about myself.  However, teaching keeps me busy fully engaged, lets me help others in a real way, and lets me have the hours that we {meaning the Mr. and I} need to also spend time  with our sweet boy.  Nothing beats the feeling of seeing your students progress especially when it has been a hard struggle for them.  Sounds like a win to me!  As teachers prepare for the school year {and I know some are already teaching away!}, let’s think about some of these…








I hope each and every teacher reading this {and any homeschool moms!} has a wonderful school year.  

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