I’ve taught everything from kindergarten to grade 8, but I must admit, I preferred teaching the older kids. I connect better with them and there’s a lot less crying. I really don’t have much patience for crying, which is funny considering I have twins who do a heck of a lot of crying and fighting. Guess I forgot to mention no crying when I put my order in. They got the long eye lashes I requested, so I know the memo went through. Oh, well.
The other thing I liked about teaching grades 7 and 8 is that I was able to specialize by choosing which subjects I wanted to teach. I’ve never been a math and science gal, so I always avoided teaching those subjects whenever possible. Instead, I focused on French, English, Social Studies, and Drama.
What would it take to get me back into the classroom? A heck of a lot. Now that I live in the US, I’d have to go back to school so my credentials would fit what’s expected of American teachers. But what would I teach? French isn’t exactly an option here because the level is so elementary and, from what I’ve heard, most kids don’t want to be there. It’s very frustrating for a teacher to have unwilling participants. As for Math, I’d have to learn the imperial system. We learned metric in Canada. I’d have to become more familiar with American history and geography if I wanted to teach those courses. Not to mention, there aren’t exactly openings in our little town, so I could go through all that schooling only to end up unemployed.
If I were to teach again, it would be writing. Years ago, I ran a writing club with pre-teens and loved that. Teaching online courses or workshops about writing would be a good fit for me. I’m seriously contemplating those sorts of things for 2010. We’ll see what life brings.
As for picking between writing and teaching? That’s easy. Writing wins by a mile. Although, teaching writing is the next best thing.
Thank, Janna for the great questions. If you’d like to know more about me, just ask.
Any other teachers out there?