So today I am linking up with Latoya over at FLYING INTO FIRST GRADE. She has been having a Sunday linky for awhile now. I really liked the questions this week. So I wanted to make sure I linked up.
These are the questions for this week.
1. What made you decide to become a teacher?
2. What has been your most rewarding experience as a teacher?
3. If you were not a teacher, what would you be?
1. WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A TEACHER?
I became a teacher because I was too practical to be a starving artist. I really love acting and musicals and being on stage. However, I knew I wasn't good enough/ didn't have what it takes to pursue that as a career. When I was a senior in high school a family friend asked me if I had ever thought of being a teacher. She was in charge of the Sunday School program at my church and I had been teaching a group of second grade age kids. She said I was really good at it. I didn't know what else to do with my life so I thought " why not?!"
My first year and a half in college I HATED it. All I had were beginning education classes with NO classroom experience. But I stuck with it because I was determined not to be the person who switched their major 14 times in college. Besides I didn't know what else I would do! My mom is a teacher, as I have mentioned before. At the time she taught 7th grade self contained at a small Catholic school. She needed a sub one day and I got to do it. It COMPLETELY changed my mind about teaching, from being something I was going to do to something I WANTED to do. And I have loved it ever since.
2. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE AS A TEACHER?
Honestly, every year during this time when I see how far my peanuts have come that makes me feel incredible. When I think back to the beginning of this year and how I thought I would never make it to May without being extremely burnt out and I look at my kiddos now...I don't think I have ever seen such a dramatic transformation with regards to behavior and academics as these peanuts have made.They are truly one of a kind and I cannot believe our year together is almost over.
( Also, if I am being honest with myself I should say that I think this every year. I wrote myself a sticky note to remind me that no matter what period of adjustment September brings, by October life will be good again. LOL!)
3. IF YOU WERE NOT A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
I really love home design. My favorite TV channel is HGTV. My Pinterest boards are almost as full of design ideas as education...notice I said almost. :) I think I would like to be a house flipper or someone who stages houses before they sell. Sometimes I think I could be a stay at home mom to my Peanut....and then we have a long break and reality sets in and I realize I DO NOT have what it takes to do that. Our summer break is plenty. LOL!
Check back tomorrow for an exciting announcement from Hippo Hooray for 2nd Grade and I.