|Hubby and me on our 10th Anniversary|
|Ally and Lizzy playing around|
I have been teaching for over 10 years now. I began my teaching career teaching everything! Well it seemed like everything at the time. My first contract job was only a 0.78 FTE. I taught Grade 7 and 8 art, Grade 5 social studies and science, as well as Grade 5 and 6 Special Education. Oh the things we do to get a job. I learned a lot of things that year. First, it takes a special person to teach intermediate students, and I was not one of those special people. I learned that I have a soft spot for those students that need special education support. I enjoyed working with them, figuring out different ways that I could teach them to help them learn. I learned that I loved working with junior (grade 4-6 students). I also figured out that I wanted my own classroom. I didn't feel that I could give my all to my students when I was spread out all over the place.
For the next 5 years, I taught Grades 4 or 5, or a combination of those grades. I really enjoyed my time in the junior classroom. After my second maternity leave, I felt that I needed a change from teaching junior students and I accepted a position teaching in a Grade 1 and 2 split class. I have to admit, at first I hated it (maybe that made me an awful teacher). But I am the first to admit, I didn't understand the first grade learner. "What do you mean you don't know what it looks like to stand in a line...what an "A" looks like...what number comes after 12?", "No, 1+1 is not 3." "No, it's not time to play...eat lunch...go home." But as time went by, they began to grow on me. To watch a student, who couldn't read a word in September, leave in June reading at or above grade level was a thrill. Every time they lose a tooth, or share a story, or learn something new, the wonder and excitement in their eyes makes me realize the importance of my job. I have now been teaching Grade 1 for five years, I go to work everyday thinking and believing that "Grade 1 is Fun!"