Wednesday, February 29, 2012

You Want to be a Teacher? WHYYYY?????

I've been inadvertantly reading some blogs about homeschooling lately.  They are really blogs about adoption, but apparently it is almost a pre-requesite that you are planning on homeschooling and/or at least be a stay at home mom in order to adopt.  Guess we're blowing that one out of the water.....

I work. A LOT.  I work at my full-time job and I also work on school.  I am sooooooo excited to say that I will graduate this summer. FINALLY!  (I wish I could add some kind of awesome music to play only when you read that line).

I'm going to be a teacher.  Not kindergarten or 2nd grade.  High School.  I'm jumping into the shark infested waters in August, or maybe December depending on if my life decides to slow down or not.  Teaching the big kids is basically baptism by fire.  No amount of training will ever prepare you for the job you are taking on.  I'm in my very last education course, and I'm fairly certain that I am more scared now than ever about being a teacher.  Don't take that as me saying that I'm not pumped about it.  I am SOOOO pumped!  I can't wait to be doing something I love.  But trying to instill a love for something (reading and writing and poetry and all the good stuff) that they have hated their entire lives is quite a challenge. 

We're learning about teaching THE CANNON.  I'm not going to lie, I kind of hate Shakespeare..... (I feel like I need to go wash my mouth out now).   Honestly, I'm not really a huge fan of a lot of "the Cannon"  unless it is paired with something newer that the kids and I can actually relate to.  Come on now..... wouldn't you rather read 1984 with something cool and hip like The Hunger Games or Feed or The Uglies?  I could go on and on, but I'll spare you.  I'll even break down and teach Twilight if it gets the kids reading and I can use it to introduce some of the themes found in the books that I'm actually supposed to be teaching.  Maybe, just maybe, they'll even like them..... But let's not get carried away.  After all, kids are supposed to come out of school hating everything they were ever "forced" to read, RIGHT?


  1. As long as you don't make them read Shakespeare in Old English, or even close to Old English, then they won't hate it so much, or you. The modern stuff they can read as a "student pick" with your pre-approved list for summer reading. You'll do great!

  2. I actually thought Grandma was pretty good. A little on the tough side, but with the right marinate ... oh wait ... was a comma left out? Hmmm... well, she lived a full life. And now I'm full...


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