Thinking Aloud on my Blog (kind of boring--I'm warning you.)
I didn't ever want to teach Kindergarten. I didn't even want to teach first grade. I taught third, and I thought that was nice. They were old enough to do things at their seat independently, but young enough to still be sweet. I think I would like fifth grade, maybe because I loved to be a fifth grader. Fifth grade has a fun social studies curriculum too (snore...I warned you!). But Kindergarten? No way. Too much tattle-telling and too many band-aids. I didn't even certify to teach Kindergarten.
Tonight, at Hazel's Kindergarten program, my grandma leaned over and asked me if I thought I'd ever like to teach Kindergarten. I never thought I'd say it, I told her, but yes.
Kindergarteners are filled with this intense joy. They are so excited about learning, and they are happy about little things like Letter People. Plus, Kindergarten teachers have the ability to set the tone for the rest of all these students' education. Hazel's teacher is fantastic. I love to listen to her talk with the students. She makes them each feel so important. Isn't that what a good teacher does? Be grateful for your child's teacher. They work so hard. So hard.
I get asked quite often if I'll teach again when my kids are all in school. I don't know that I know yet. Heaven knows I wouldn't do it for the money. Before Hazel was in school, I hadn't been in the schools for awhile, and I remembered a lot of time and a lot of work when I thought of teaching. It is an emotional thing to teach! You take on 25 little peoples' problems and have to decide how to make them better. Sadly, some of their little problems aren't little at all. But, helping in Hazel's class has reminded me how much I love to be in the classroom. I've really missed it. Making 25 little peoples' day a little brighter? Or helping even one little person figure out a concept or be a kinder friend? What an awesome responsibility. Pretty incredible if you can do it.
I can't say I know I'll teach again. My license has expired now. I'd have to go back to school--I have no idea what kind of requirements it would take. But maybe, since I'll have to go back anyway, I'll see if I can get that K added to my 1st-8th certification. Just maybe.