Sunday, May 6, 2012

On change

I don't have the same job my teachers did.  Maybe I have the job they were supposed to have; I don't know.

I don't have the job I thought I would have when I finished my teaching internship and graduated from college, and I didn't have the same job leaving my internship that I had going into it.

I certainly don't have the job my university trained me for.  I don't know what to make of that fact.

I don't have the same job I had when I started this job.  I'm coming up on the end of my sixth year.  Every year still feels like the first year, because every year it's a different job.  Some of the work from previous years, I did well, and I can keep it.  But not as much as I thought at the time.

This isn't the job I signed up for.

It's much, much harder.  And much, MUCH better.


Ray said...

My 5th grade year I read a book titled, "They Call Me Coach", a book about John Wooden. It was in Mrs. Gates classroom and at that moment I decided my life was going to be coaching and physical education teacher. Sure didn't last long but the lessons I read in that book, which I have read three more times and at an older age, have shaped some of my lessons to students today. Times and things change but do our real mission change?

JohnCosby said...

John Wooden on real success. I show it to my classes each year.

I think the mission has stayed the same, but boy howdy, has my understanding of the mission changed.