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Picture this: you’ve graduated college, you’ve got your certification, you’ve interviewed all summer and finally, you’ve got the call that you landed the job. Excited? Nervous? Oh yeah, it’s also the day before school starts.
My first year of teaching was a whirl-wind. Like I said above, I was hired the day before school started. I walked into a classroom that had been half storage/half art room and thought what the heck do I do now?
No curriculum? No problem! Make it up yourself! It’ll probably be better and more student centered anyway (as long as you know your students!) Since that first year, I’ve learned that when life throws you something out of your comfort zone, you have to run with it. If it’s a sink or swim situation, a teacher will win the gold for backstroke.
Then of course March brought Covid-19. I remember leaving a staff meeting and texting Ryan: “Can you stop and pick up toilet paper? I think we’re almost out and all the teachers here are freaking out.” That Friday we were asked to take our April break in March. A week later, we were officially distance learning. “Plan for ten days,” they said. Right…
For three and a half months I experienced the challenges and heartbreak of remote teaching in a low income, high need community (that, however, is a soap box discussion for another time.) Then, again, everything changed.
It was incredibly hard to leave my first ever teaching position (in the chaos of a pandemic, no less) but life will do that to you sometimes. The landscape may change, but a teacher is a teacher, no matter where they land during their career.
During my first year of teaching, we lost a week due to a town wide natural gas outage. Then in February, we were told twelve teachers would lose their jobs for the following year. I attended school board meetings, spoke at city council hearings. Due to retirements, we all kept our jobs in the end but the school was being restructured and there was going to be a lot of adjusting on the fly.
Cue the summer before my second year of teaching: our school gets cyber hacked. We start the year with no rosters, no schedules, and no technology. Let’s just say, we taught for a month in the Stone Age. Difficult? You bet. Did we rise to the challenge? Absolutely.
For my third year of teaching, I moved from an urban district to a very rural small town. My students, who used to be fifth grade and the bottom of the middle school totem pole, became third grade- the kings and queens of our elementary school. I remember joking with my mom, “I’ve woken up in munchkin land!”
In the profession of teaching, no day is ever the same. No year is ever the same. Teachers are masters of flexibility, creativity, and thinking on our feet. These are skills we practice and build all the time. It’s why I find so much excitement and fulfillment in what I do. I am a superhero. I get to change the world, every day.
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