Friday, January 31, 2014

How it is

I can't believe we are seeing the end of January already. In many ways this new school is exactly what I was looking forward to. My focus is solely on the lessons I prepare and the various additional duties I have. So far there hasn't been a dull moment.

For some reason, I was expecting smarter children here; kids who would challenge what I know, but I'm learning quickly that kids are kids are kids. Sure, these new ones have iPads and speak fluent English, but they, just like my previous kids, mix up parts of speech and figures of speech; the need is the same.My fear in that regard has been eased.

I wish I had the ability to separate my personal life to my work life or rather, I wish I could base my happiness on the success of just one aspect of my life. If that was possible I really would be the happiest person in the land ( yes, exactly like a princess).

I hope I will resolve to this and at some point be happy.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Beginings

Last year I not only ended my third year in my teaching career, but I said goodbye to  Leap Science and Maths School...

Part of me is so excited for a new work environment that will no doubt bring with it new challenges.The other part of me is sad to say goodbye to this group of learners. We've been together since their grade 9 year and I would've loved to see them through their final year in high school, but as my friend always used to tell me, every year there is a new excuse to stay just a little bit longer and so it is important to go with your initial gut feeling.

I will always be grateful for the opportunity Leap gave me when no other school would take a second look at me without a qualification. It is here where I gained  my confidence as an educator and also where I became brave enough to accept that I will never be good a good enough teacher. I will never arrive. It's important to feel like this because our children deserve teachers who always strive to be better than what they already are and changing schools is the best way I can do that.

And so I look forward. To new children. To new colleagues. To new teaching material. The future is blurry, but is it ever clear in reality?