Homework? It's SUMMERTIME! But I am not one to back down from a challenge.
So, why do I do it? Why teach? Why did I go back to teaching after trying out the instructional coaching gig?
Answer: It makes my heart happy.
I taught for 12.5 years before becoming an instructional coach. Coaching became my work for the next 3.5 years. It was an amazing experience, but there was always something missing. I can still remember the feeling of complete and utter peace when I hit the send button accepting a teaching position in March 2014.
My heart was happy again.
When I started school, my mom purchased a spiral-bound booklet to hold all of my report cards. On the back you were able to list different memories from each grade. The only part I really filled in was the "When I Grow Up I Want To Be.." section.
In 3rd grade I would use purple carbon paper to make worksheets for my kindergarten brother. Why the carbon paper? Of course every teacher needed an answer key!
In 5th grade, I read everything there was to read on Helen Keller. Her story is inspirational, and I was determined to be like Annie Sullivan. Somewhere along the way I realized Annie Sullivan had a trait that I constantly have to work for - patience.
In high school, I taught Sunday School. I suppose at this point I started my first lesson planning experiences - except they occurred on Saturday nights instead of Sunday nights. HA!
I always knew I was going to be a teacher. It was hard for me to understand my college friends who were Undecided. How could you not know what you wanted to do with your life? While I understand it now, it was foreign to me at the time.
My brain thinks in terms of classroom activities/lesson plans. In a book store, I gravitate to the teacher section. When surfing the Internet or browsing through Pinterest, inevitably a teaching related site will appear on my screen. It takes effort to not think about teaching.
When my daughter says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up, I don't discourage her. I don't tell her that she can make more money doing something else. I don't tell her that she can do more than just teach. I simply smile. I hope that she can find something that she is passionate about. I hope she can find something that makes her heart happy.