I realized I have not written since June. So much has happened since my last post, namely I am leaving my part-time teaching position to take full-time teaching job in a local private school beginning in two weeks.
This is the year of living daringly, of taking chances, of stepping into new possibilities.
Moving back into secondary education is definitely something I had not expected to do, though the possibility has always been there. And now that I think about it, I am ready to take this dare. It will certainly be a challenge with six preps, including two things I’ve never done before professionally: teaching World History and advising the school yearbook/Desktop Publishing class. I said the head of school (aka headmaster) suckered me into the latter assignment. But seriously, I would not have accepted it if I had not wanted to give it a try.
Going from teaching four days a week to five, teaching for four weeks with a month off between mods, will certainly take some getting used to! I will have to figure out ways to keep up with my creative pursuits and my photography in different ways. I will also have to figure out new ways to work in practice time at the piano. Jack’s wedding will be here before you know it!
I hadn’t given the word of the year much thought in the last couple of months, but somehow, I think the dare was working in the background. I realize that I have been out of the secondary classroom for six years. I will have to re-evaluate what I have been doing for the last few years at Remington. I will have to re-learn how to relate to teenagers and preteens (I will have that one class of squirrelly seventh graders! In a way, I am looking forward to teaching those middle-schoolers!) And I will have to give myself the pep talk almost daily that I can teach World History. (It’s just another form of ELA, right? Reading, thinking critically, analyzing, synthesizing. . . . )
And so, a new school year begins. . . . .
Besides, this new teaching job gives me an excuse to shop the school supplies and office supplies and find really neat stuff to use!