lord, child, this year has already left me spinning so badly i almost don’t even want to lay it out for you. alas, i suppose i should anyway. that’s what blogging is all about, right?
i started my new job, got dumped, and was offered a different, higher paying position in my school within the first three weeks of the month. like i said - spinning. in my new position, which i gladly accepted, i facilitate distance learning classes for high school students (online/video conference classes). another part of my job is doing library once a week with all 11 elementary classes (kindergarten - 5th grade). thus far it’s been an incredible learning experience. i couldn’t have predicted being in this type of position but i’m so thankful to have been offered the job. sometimes you get an unexpected chance to shine; i’m taking this as mine.
as a future secondary teacher, to say i was apprehensive about working with elementary students was an understatement. for years i’ve simply said “i don’t do elementary,” and i’ve meant it. but in the last four weeks, i’ve begun realizing the charm these little ones have. that’s not to say, obviously, that i’ve changed my mind about becoming a secondary teacher - but i’ve started to have a better understanding of those teachers who do choose the elementary path. elementary teaching is a hard, hard job - the tattling, the snotty noses, the potty accidents, and everything else that goes along with it - it’s not for me in a long-term teaching sense. but i’m enjoying having the opportunity to learn more about these students. i really am.
rarely do i use the term “blessed,” but at this moment in time, i feel that’s a good way to describe it. lucky, blessed, fortunate…i feel all those things when i think about my job. and that is something i have truly never been able to say.