Welcome! I am looking forward to participating in the #write31Days challenge hosted by www.write31days.com this year. This is my 3rd series, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me! Thank you for reading, and feel free to send comments my way. :-)
This year my oldest son started kindergarten. It has launched me into some interesting reflections on my own teaching career: how it impacted me, how I impacted others, things I now remember after walking through his school, and more. It is a strange feeling to be on the other side of the desk, to be a visitor in the halls. I am not in charge, and it is hard to accept.
I have always been a firm believer in self-evaluation, and I know when I was teaching, I continually was striving to do my best for my students. Now, in hindsight, the self-evaluation is coming from many other angles: how did my students perceive me? What do they remember? Did their parents like me? What did I do (if anything) to be likable? Because 'being liked' wasn't my main goal, but rather teaching the students and challenging them to work hard & know more & grow was my goal. I know my classes were tough, but it was my gift to my students: it would have been easier for me to teach an easy class!
I love running into my former students around town, and it is one of the blessings of small-town-life! It is such a joy to see them now, hear what they are doing & where they are living, hear their memories of our time together in class. I never cease to be amazed. The clarity of hindsight has given me new perspective on what I thought mattered, and what inevitably mattered the most. I cannot wait to take the time & metal breaks to explore my memories.
I hope that gives you an idea of what to anticipate in this series. Check back at the top tab to see a table of contents for this series. Thank you for reading!