I never know what to call my job…work or school? It definitely feels weird to call it a job, because it does not feel like a job. It doesn’t feel like work either…even though it is a lot of work. If I say back to school it could imply I’m taking classes.
Being a teacher is my life. Its apart of who I am. Even when it’s summer time, I’m teaching. I teach my two children all the time, I teach adults how to paint at least once a month at paint nights, and I teach myself every day to grow in a new way. Teaching isn’t a job, and it’s definitely deserves a better title than just work.
Its a lifestyle, it’s a way of living, growing and becoming a better person, as well as sharing with others what I know in order to help them on their journeys of becoming better people….and I simply love it.
So 10 more days of summer, until I go back to the “work” of being a teacher. The schedule and routines, professional developments, and lesson planning. Though I’m constantly involved in professional development. This summer I’ve learned new ways to incorporate student centered learning into my yearbook club and I’ve learned new approaches to teaching my students in ways which give them more say and input into what and how they are learning.
I’ve really been working on preparing and planning ahead in order to be ready for things to come. I am so excited to get back to the schedule and routine that the “job” of teaching gives me. I just find I work better when I have those in place!
So in this 10 day countdown I will write lists of things each day in order to prepare for the first day of school.
Today will be the 10 things I’m looking forward to on the first day of school, in order to prepare me with excitement and enthusiasm:
(In no particular order)
- Putting in place the new things I’ve learned for yearbook club
- Meeting my students
- Working with our new principal
- Seeing how the faculty and staff work together with our new school environment on this brand new journey
- Painting murals on the walls
- Creating and organizing a student centered learning environment with my students
- Building new relationships with my coworkers
- Seeing my students experiment and explore art materials and techniques
- Creating new things
- Incorporating digital technology into my classroom on a daily basis
After writing this list I am even more excited about the first day of school!!