Hello, my fellow educators. It’s been a long time since I’ve last updated the blog, but I felt inspired today.
My summer was incredibly busy, but I had a great time. I worked as a custodian at a school district near my home, and it was quite the experience. I met some really fun people and saw a school from a whole different perspective. People always say get close to the custodians and the secretaries, and after this summer, I understand why! Custodians work hard every single day, and unlike teachers, they don’t get their summers off. In fact, they work harder in the summer than any other time of the year. Scrubbing wax off of floors and scrubbing carpets are not extremely glamorous, but the people I worked with sure did make it an exciting time.
Coming back to school at the beginning of September was an exciting time for me! I am living on my own this year, and I’m doing my pre-student teaching this semester. Working in Potosi, WI with high school students and Platteville, WI with middle school students has reaffirmed my decision to go into education. Observing at the high school has been eye-opening. I thought high school students just did what they had to do to graduate, like I did when I was in high school, but that isn’t necessarily true for every student. High school students are there to learn, but I think more so to have fun. Being in the middle school has completely changed my perspective of teaching middle school students as well. I taught a lesson a few weeks ago, and I just want to scream out in happiness when I think about it. It was so fun, and the students were so receptive of it. My professor’s daughter is in the class, and my professor told me that her daughter loved the lesson and thinks I’m a good teacher. Truly, that is the best compliment I could have ever received. I was always certain that I would teach high school, but I’ve realized that maybe middle school is for me as well!
Living on my own and being single has really transformed my life. I always knew education was the right career choice for me, but I always had my boyfriend on my mind when we were together. I didn’t give enough attention to teaching. Being in my own place and being on my own has given me enough time to reflect on my choice of going into education, and every time I think about teaching, I get so happy and so excited for my future. I have a lot of people who tell me to not wish away my college years, but my excitement for teaching and for my future in a classroom makes me want to be done with college and in my career. I feel like I’ve made the best decision of my life by going into education and thinking about that makes me a bit emotional. I have such a strong passion for teaching and for English and for helping students and for making a difference. I wake up every morning thinking about teaching, and I’ve realized that those thoughts have confirmed my decision.