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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Well, I must say I feel like a bit of my frustration from the past few weeks has begun to settle down. As I expressed with a few of you, as well as Dr. M, I believe that after spring semester I am going to put my teaching career on hold for a little while. I really enjoy seeing my kids learning, but it is increasingly difficult for me to deal with my school system. I don't know if I will not ever come back to teaching, but I do not want to be where I am at right now. After much needed advice from my NTI classmates and professors, I have decided to finish my certification and take a year or so off from teaching. Then perhaps, I can find a better and closer system to try again. I do feel blessed to have been a part of each of my students' lives. I absolutely cherish the glimmer of excitement in their eyes when they find themselves learning something new and succeeding! However, at this time I am simply exhausted with all the work and added stress of this job. My husband and I are trying to start a family, and with the stress of this job, my body is not cooperating. Also, coming from a very analytical and logical background (I studied engineering before nursing) I find it frustrating and difficult to work in an education environment...when I want to know the rules I would like to be able to go to one place and find them...not search all over the place just to find that half of what I need is missing and no one has any idea where to find the answers. I will say this though, this position has really opened my eyes and given me insight to my own adolescence. My mother and I fought like cats and dogs when I was a many mothers and teen daughters do. :-) She would always say "you only see things black and white" and I would say "of course, it's either right or wrong". You see, my mother and my father are both educators. My mother has always been a teacher and even now works for the DOE. She has never had a job outside education so she is used to a lot of "gray" area. I never could understand how she never saw thing like the rest of the "real world" I do. That was the environment she was used to and she knew nothing else. She and I have become even closer since I became a teacher, whether it's to laugh at those good 'ol days, or for me to pick her brain about a situation, or even for me to share a story about one of my students. Even though I look forward to the end of this year, I am eternally grateful to have had this opportunity. Who knows, maybe in a year or two I will come back for many years! With this new found insight, I also find new peace. I now feel like I can make it to the end of the year, and I am striving to be the best I can be for my students. Judging by how much I have written apparently I had a lot to say and get off my chest! :-) I want to end this post by stating how thankful I am to each and every one of you as my classmates and as my instructors...this has truly been a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow and I look forward to seeing what next semester has in store for all of us.


Dwayne said...

Amy, I am sad and happy for you all at the same time. There have been numerous times in my life where I felt like I was not at the right place. I enjoyed numerous things about job, but my job itself was not a right fit. After teaching just short of a year and a half, I can see that there are many factors to enjoying your job as an educator. Everything from the school, the system, the students, their parents, to your co-workers. I wish everyone had the same experience that I am having to this point. I love the system. I love my school and principal. And, I absolutely love all of my kids. My hope for you is that you find that place you are meant to be at.

Tonya said...

Amy, how bittersweet this decision must be for you! I just want you to know that I admire you for sticking in there this long with such a difficult situation. I remember my first year how everyday was a struggle just to get up and go to work. I knew early on that I would not stay at that school and the year just creeped by. I thought it would never end. If I had to add in the long drive that you have, I would have never made it the whole year. I am so glad that you have come to a decision that gives you peace in your heart, because life is too short for such stress!! I truly hope that you find fulfillment in whatever your next endeavor is! Most of all, I wish you the best of luck in starting your family because, it is my belief, that having a family is the greatest experience in the world. =)

Dr. M said...

Hi, Amy - what great words from your colleagues, with whom I agree. I am glad to see you come to a decision, but I also hope that teaching remains in your future plans to some degree because you are so good at it!