This would be the most stressful week of the year if I were still teaching in Warsaw. I always reflect on what I would be doing in my classroom every once and awhile and hit me that it’s parent/teacher conference week. I dreaded getting ready for it and even had to pray my way through talking to some of the parents (whom I always thought would be harder to talk to than they were), but I always felt better when it was over and had a renewed resolve to teach.
I wonder how my teacher friends are doing today? I’ve said a couple prayers for them this week already knowing the stress this week always incurs.
Am I weird if I admit that even though I love being home with Ella, I kind of miss teaching….just a little? I still want to buy school supplies every August and I still catch myself filing away ideas that I’ve seen someone do as if I could use the idea in the near future.
We’re not done with kids, yet (Lord willing), so the whole reality of me teaching in the next 5 years is slim to none ( I have to take 6 credit hours to keep my license updated anyway, and I haven’t even tried to find out if my Indiana teacher’s license counts in WI or I have to take their version of the NTE).
If I do decide to go back later in life, I hope I can pass my classes and tests. Oh dear, right now the only new things I learn are on Sesame Street (which means I learn spanish words and that’s about it).
These musings aren’t depressing me…I guess I’m just introspective today and wondering what will happen to my abilities ten years from now.
At least my training is starting to come into play as I watch Ella interested in counting and saying letters (even though everything sounds like ‘five’ and ‘A or H”). She’ll be my student that I can try my ideas with, even if other kids never get to. She loves books…reading aloud was always my favorite thing to do in class anyway.
Even though I miss it, I am aware that I would be miserable teaching while Ella was in daycare. I wouldn’t be a good teacher (distracted wondering what she was doing) so I know I’m where I need to be and her kisses remind me everyday that it is a blessing that I can stay home.