Everyday is a winding road. *SC*

Friday, March 22, 2013

Going At It

Addi has been washing dishes.

Emma at Rebecca's 7th birthday party.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My driveway is flaking away. The concrete contractor is brilliant.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Monday, March 4, 2013

Education

I've been racking my brain lately trying to decide whether to go back to school or not. Additional education can be a plus but I'm worried about the educational climate. I'd really like to avoid paying 20 grand for a masters degree and be in the same position 18 months later...unemployed.

I've decided not to start a masters program until I've secured a job. Maybe a future employer will help with the cost of this endeavor. No amount of schooling is without stress but the stress factor in finding a quality masters program has been grinding on me. I will continue to substitute teach and take each day one by one.

Substitute teaching has taught a lot about myself. I've learned that I can "calm" an out-of-control 1st grader with only a two-minute talk. I'm able to manage high school classrooms known for scaring off substitutes. Elementary school students still yell my name after just a single time substituting for their class. Middle school students recognize me around town and always "Hey, Mr. B." me.

Do I think I can be a good teacher? You bet but health teachers aren't treated the same as science (Health IS a science.), math or foreign language teachers. Teaching isn't all about cramming information down a student's throat. It's also about giving students confidence that they can trust the teacher. I'd consider myself a success if ONE student gained confidence in my classroom and applied that confidence throughout their other classes.

I work well with students and I know the teaching material. Hopefully, I'll have my own classroom soon.