Back to school in the 70’s. Not as a student, but as a teacher. An entirely new perspective on familiar ground.
I felt like I had been waiting on this moment since the 4th grade; playing “school” at recess.
I had never considered another career. This was it. My own classroom. My own students. Huge responsibility.
Dealing with parents. Standardized testing? Grades? Rewards and consequences? I was not prepared for these issues.
There were holes in my teacher education. I suppose it’s that way in most careers. You learn by doing.
What I learned was to be patient. You will learn as you go. The students will learn with you. You will get better at what you are doing!
Was it as good as I thought it would be?
It was better.