Wednesday, September 17, 2008
a welcomed change
School is so delightful these days. My students make me laugh, they make me work hard, and they make me excited for school. They enjoy learning, which, in turn, allows me to enjoy teaching.
Last spring, I was ready to leave teaching altogether after the year I was having. Last year was my first year, which is difficult for any teacher, but it was also in a rough school where most kids came from project housing. I had very poor support and I was expected to do unrealistic things with these kids. I spent most my day in survival mode, and a good day meant we got a solid 60 minutes of instruction in.
Here we are, a few months later, and I go to bed every night looking forward to waking up in the morning to go to work. It's nice to get a paycheck to do something you love. I've had my kids for a total of 12 days, and in those 12 days, we have done and accomplished more than my last class did in our first 9 weeks. These children are so different from my last group, and while I realize both groups need good teachers, I know for a fact that I am not cut out to be an inner city teacher. It was not good for me, and it was not good for the kids. I now go to a job where I feel like I am excelling. I see knowledge building in my students, and I see engagement in my class on a daily basis. I have an inclusion class (regular ed and special ed), and although these kids have difficulties, I still see excitement in their eyes as we learn new things.
This new journey of mine, it's such a welcomed change...a beautiful change.