Back to School

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.


About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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7 Responses to Back to School

  1. I wish we lived in a world where our young folk were allowed to learn as they go along somehow things are more complicated now. Having read some of your blog I’m not surprised to learn that you were a teacher. You have a patience about you that remind me of good teachers in my life .


  2. souldipper says:

    Awww…my mom was a teacher. I began in one room schools with mom as my teacher in grade two. Mom read aloud right after lunch – a chapter at a time, different great pieces of literature. While I could have swallowed the story whole, I would sit wishing mother would stop acting out each character. My older siblings often listened with their heads on the desks. 😀 But, the rest of the students thought she was hotter than the prairie sun.

    She never stopped teaching and I love her so much for all she gave me!


  3. I always wanted to teach…It came by the way of me being asked to b a teacher assistant with Special Ed kids…This was 30+ years ago…and now I’m retired…Loved every minute!…So I do understand your expression of…”it was better”…~mkg


  4. you are a teacher I wish my kids could have had–someone who loves their job


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