When I first started teaching, I honestly had no idea what I got myself into. There were any things I learned during my first year that I was not made aware of during my Education degree; some things cannot be taught in the classroom, like the different ways boys and girls learn. Many surprises included the endless paper work, phone calls, meetings, organizing, lesson planning, and involvement in extra-curricular activities. I did not fully realize that when I signed up to be a teacher, I would not only be an educator, but I would take on many roles. I soon realized: I have a lot to learn.
A few years ago Harry Wong, a teacher and classroom management guru, wrote an article about my journey as a teacher when I first started out in the classroom. It is hard to believe where I started and where I am now after eight years of teaching. I started out teaching high school English for four years, which I later switched to middle school to challenge myself further. Challenge accepted. Throughout the last three years I’ve taught K, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 at a kindergarten to grade eight school and taught music, art, physical education, health, social studies, and English. Challenge indeed. It feels as though I have taught it all. I have learned more about myself throughout my teaching career than I could have otherwise. Being a teacher is part of who I am. I was born to teach. As most teachers can relate, when I started out it wasn’t easy. I had to learn how to teach and in return teach to learn.