An interesting line of inquiry, and one I’ve thought about before. I gained so much from my private school education, but I am also very aware of what I wasn’t exposed to.
This makes me cringe. And as the shutdown continues, I think of my students from last year- although they’ve all graduated into kindergarten, the rest of the school’s students rely on Head Start funding to have a safe place to go every day. The students I have devoted my time, love, and energy to may not be able to continue to go to school if the shutdown continues. Head Start programs are so much more than schools- they are community centers where families can come together, and where students get healthy meals.
An old train transformed into a book shop in Auvers-sur-Oise (France)
From comics and books for children, to old books (Literature, Science, History and more), this peculiar book shop must have something to tickle your curiosity! [All pictures are mine.]
Now that I’m leaving my school, we FINALLY got some of the materials I ordered in March! Without having to give my students any instruction, they immediately went to work sorting, pairing, patterning and creating. It was a moment of sadness and pride. Look at my babies work!
I have certainly noticed, both in my teaching and in my classes, that there are a good number of teachers and teachers-to-be who seem to suffer from stage fright, or shyness. This is nothing on those teachers who speak in dead-pan voices, without any enthusiasm or excitement. How can a student be expected to get invested when their teachers sound like they’re dying of boredom? I’ve also noted that nowhere in our training are we taught to deal with teacher-to-teacher issues (we do a lot of practice for trouble with parents), which is something that I’ve had to improvise as I’ve taught, and will have to deal with a lot more now that I’m moving into a supervisory role.
Today I turned in my letter of resignation to my director. I have spent a crazy, frustrating, exciting, and educational year at 211, and without the experience I gained this year, would not be able to move into my new position. I have been offered the role of Education Director at a small private early childhood program, serving children 6 mo. to 5 years. It is an incredible opportunity for me to work in a well-funded and fairly well-established school; I hope to be there for a number of years before returning to school and ultimately to the low-income communities I have been working in over the last two years. It is also an incredible opportunity for me to stretch my legs and leave my mark on a program, as they are asking me to do a lot of revisions related to curriculum, and to introduce a lot of programatic and teaching aspects that are not already in the school.
I am ecstatic to be given this chance to show what I am capible of. I am also (not-so-) secretly happy to be moving out of the classroom and into a managerial role that increases my interactions with adults (teachers and parents alike), while allowing me to continue working directly with children.
Here goes nothing!