|English Teaching Super Heroes at Boone High!|
The good news? I truly don't mind. I like being 46-years-old. It fits me.
And more good news: I still really love teaching. I was reminded of that today.
During my prep period, a student stopped in "just to talk." Now, those teachers out there may understand this: sometimes such "pop-ins" make teachers cringe. It's not that we don't enjoy our students; we just have so much work to complete in that 40 minute prep, we cherish every second. However, I put my selfish thoughts aside and relaxed. Reina wished to see how my year was and to share her junior year so far.
And then she started talking about how much she loves to write.
"You know what I love, Mrs. Olson? A clean, white sheet of paper and a new, sharp pencil. Those things are simply the best."
And now I am so glad I sat and listened.
I listened to her explain how she carries a notebook with her wherever she goes, recording little seeds that may become big stories later. I listened to her describe her love of a coming of age tale.."No fantasy stories for me," she explains. And I listened to her dreams of publishing her stories some day.
My oldest sister always said, "Find meaningful work and you will have a meaningful life."
Yes, in year twenty-one I still love teaching, for I find it incredibly meaningful. In what other career can one listen to a young person's dream? It is such a privilege. And maybe...just maybe... we teachers may play a small role as we watch our students achieve. That is amazing
So, welcome 2012-2013. Here we go!