I don't usually talk about my job on here. This is not by accident. Because I work in education, I have to be somewhat private and guarded about my topics. However, I also want this blog to be a accurate portrayal of my life, and my job is a large part of it.
I always (ALWAYS) knew I would be a teacher. My Memaw worked in the library and the pre-k room as an aide, my dad is a teacher/coach, my mom is a teacher, my step-mom is a teacher, I have a great-aunt who runs a Montessori school, I have two uncles and two aunts who were or are in education, and of my first cousins-- five teach.
Lately though, I am beginning to understand why so many teachers flame out. This year has been rough. I won't go into detail here, this is not the place for it, but I have felt ready for June since about October. Usually I don't get the "summer blues" until after Easter! It has even gotten to the point where I had a long talk with J over what our options are in the long run.
I know I will continue to teach, that I am experiencing what is known as "The Dip", and that come August I will barely remember why I was feeling this way. I hope.
I will say that this post was initially much more of a rant/whine, but what good will it do me to gripe on here? So instead, I am going to list seven reasons being a teacher is the best job there is.
7. You are molding the future. Scary, scary, scary, but also kind of awesome.
6. You work with amazing people everyday.
5. Teaching will give you the best sense of humor. (I know you probably think all teachers are boring and dry, but trust me on this, we aren't.)
4. The provided breaks are a plus. (I will not say we get three months off, because that simply is not true. I generally spend two weeks of the summer at in-service, plus three weeks before the kids come back getting ready. Writing lesson plans, getting my room ready, continuing education, all of this has to get done. Yes, this is still more time than others have, and I understand that, hence #4.)
3. You have a plethora of current pop culture knowledge at your finger tips. (Want to know what the next big YA book will be? Hang out at a middle school--Okay, don't really do that, you will get in trouble.)
2. You continue to learn.
1. Former students will come back to you and thank you for what you have done.