I first watched his show and heard this quote earlier this year, and man did it force me out of my comfort zone. A few months later, I would make the decision to look for another teaching job because I was losing my joy and passion at my current job. My old job wasn't bad, but it was time for a change. So as the sun sets on September, here are some things I have reflected on about my life as a math (and art) teacher...
I know for a fact that I am doing more work. How do I know this? I am teaching/ lesson planning/ grading/ two grades, as well as two electives. Yet somehow,I haven't fallen behind yet. I have time to do this (yes, I know technically we're not even done with our first full week yet) but it's been work. And yet, I find myself grateful for the fact that I am teaching new material (6th grade), and confident about what I do know (7th grade). Routines are finally feeling more natural and I am enjoying learning new things about my students.
Every Friday, I also get to end my work week with my Math Club and doing art! I was terrified of being the art teacher at first, but I am having a blast (and learning quite a lot about Pop Art, I might add).
I even enjoy lunch duty. It gives me a chance to observe my students in a much different environment than the classroom. For example, I have a student who would completely shut down in math class, but I noticed how she was at lunch and saw that she seemed to be good friends with another girl in the class, so the next day I moved her to a group with the her other friend, and she was much more open in class, still not 100% but much more than I had gotten before, and this is something I might not had ever known had I not observed her during lunch.
Lastly, this morning I got an email from one of my former students and it made my day! She is doing so well and I am so proud of her, and it warmed my heart to realize that she thought of me <3
I am one lucky teacher, and I am really lucky that (at least for now) I have found "something that I can tolerate or love."