I’m currently tutoring part time to stay mentally sharp and of course generate secondary income. Full time, I work with young adults ages 18-26. The students I tutor are in elementary school. Having to work on both ends of the spectrum has taught me greater levels of patience, caused me to be extremely flexible, and challenges me in ways I didn’t think were possible. Actually, working with 4th and 5th grade math has been quite interesting. I’m amazed at what children are learning at such young ages! So this weekend, I visited a teacher resource store to get some manipulatives for one of my younger students. The store was full of teachers, parents, and grandparents getting ready for that infamous time of year dubbed as “Back to School”. As I watched new teachers fill their carts with bulletin border, posters, stickers and even more, I found myself becoming slightly emotional.
I began to reminisce about the excitement I felt as a new teacher getting ready for the school year. I had picked a theme for my décor (bumblebees) and put thought into every little detail. Or so I thought. The one thing I hadn’t done was create a plan for success. By neglecting to put more energy into lesson planning and behavioral management, I had unknowingly created a plan for failure. The following three months after officially beginning my career in education would prove to be one of the most difficult, challenging, and stressful periods of my life. In hindsight, I can see Sprit’s design in my life because all that I went through gave me a passion for helping new teachers. This passion and the story of my rough start is the inspiration behind my ebook, Survive Student Teaching and Set Yourself Up for Success! I’ve also created an online course of the same title. I think what I went through in my first 3 months as a teacher was unfortunate and I never want another person to go through anything like that.
Teachers have a very challenging job. I’m happy to say that I’m a part of a community of educators that strive to provide support and encouragement for others in the field and those thinking about joining us. It’s a journey that continues to fulfil and enrich my life in numerous ways. To all you educators out there, thank you for all that you do. The school year will be full of ups and downs, but know that you are important and your work and dedication will prevail!
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Kanika: Poet. Lover of Words. One who tells the stories of the mundane and inanimate. Bearer of Light, Water, and Sky.