Monday, October 17, 2016
It has been two weeks and a day since I rejoined my colleagues in SBISD. It feels so nice to be back in the saddle again doing what I love. Teaching 4th and 5th grade students again is heavenly. When I made my decision to seek a different employment opportunity in July, I suppose I never really wanted to let go of the classroom and teaching. Based on my experience, I know now what will make me the happiest. By far, without a doubt, being at a campus, working with students and colleagues, is where I belong. Each day, I get to see groups of students and discuss great books, read along side the students, share my love of literacy, and listen the students share their thoughts and love of reading and writing. That is what I absolutely loved last year when I taught fourth grade students. Even though I worked my finger to the bone last year as a teacher in the classroom, I loved it. It was a lot of work, but I didn't view as drudgery. Hard work is not a bad thing, rather when you get to do what you love, it isn't "work". It is a vocation. I now know that I must be involved in the mix. I desire to be working with students and my colleagues. Working with my colleagues is great. I get to share some my many years of experience and get to work with some wonderful minds in the process. Finally, after a brief stint in the higher echelons, I am back to where I should have been. The only difference is that I am in a different campus working daily with more fourth and fifth grade students from different classes. I feel at home here too.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
I haven't written much lately. I will, however, make it my personal goal to get back to blogging. One thing that I know that will inspire me will be my return to the campus level. I can't wait to get back to working on a campus with students. I can't wait to share my love of teaching with others. I can't wait to get back into the swing of things again. I miss working on a campus and getting to know the my fellow colleagues and kids. I am thrilled to come back to what I love to do. It has been around three months since I left the campus life. I enjoyed working with the people in my office and the literacy coaches, but I longed for being on a campus daily. There's just something that draws me. I know that it is my love of teaching and feeling extremely connected. On Monday, I will experience that again. What I learned through this experience is that I need to follow my heart and my immediate goals which are to work with students and colleagues. There is so much more that I want to do and try out. I will be overjoyed to see the students and hear their stories. I know that I miss my students from last year. I miss seeing them at the door every day and hearing about what is happening in their lives. I miss the silly things that they say and the faces that they make. I miss the joy in their eyes and their laughter. I miss my classroom. I am beyond blessed to be back. I guess I can say to myself, "Welcome back!" I know my heart will say it a thousand times over.