Today's topic is all about looking back through a picture that is from around the time you were the age of the students in the grade you teach.
I had to hunt for pictures. Most of my childhood pictures are still at my mom's house. Slowly I am sorting through the unorganized photo stacks and scanning them.
This morning, I dug through some old memorabilia boxes in search of me in the 5th grade. I found one that is from around that time period, but it is not of me in a school picture.
|My mom's friend's twin boys, my brother, and me.|
This picture was taken in June, 1985 during a summer vacation. My mom raised us on a single income and did her best to make sure we had fun experiences as a family. This often meant scraping together funds to take us on vacation.She was very creative in finding ways to take us places without spending a ton of money, without us knowing she was going the cheaper route (ever sleep at a KOA?, I have been snuck up the back stairs or been told to lay down in the car while she went in to check in at a place - later I learned that was because they would have charged her more money).
Mom taught me that you do not have to have a lot of money to have a wonderful time, quality time together is what matters most.
On this trip, we camped in the Hamptons in New York. It is a beautiful area and there are tons of expensive places to stay, especially if you want to hob-knob with celebrities. Not us, we camped, canoed, hung out at the beach close to the campsite, and took a trip to the emergency room to get one of the twin boys stitches after incident on the camp playground with the see-saw.
This was one of my most memorable summer experiences with my mom, toughing it out on a camprground making memories!
In this picture I probably had just finished 5th grade. My elementary school continued through 6th grade, so I was not preparing for middle school just yet.
Was I planning to be a teacher at this time? No.
At this time I talked about becoming a lawyer. Having grown up without money I desired a job that paid a lot. Even though it was not in my plans, my teachers were already hinting that teaching would be a perfect job for me.
I did not decide to be a teacher until my late 20's, which is why at my age I only have 11 years experience. I went to college, studied psychology, fell in love with that field, yet crazy me though turned down several PhD programs in psychology (the grad students I worked with were unhappy and I did not want that, little did I realize it was their personal lives not the field that was causing their unhappiness).
After college I went to grad school to get my masters in social work. I hated the social work job I had after I graduated, absolutely hated it, I needed to get out. I landed a job at a local college and worked in their continuing education department helping people sign up for classes. I worked with wonderful people and made decent money, but I knew my career was limited at that school, so I did some soul searching and decided it was time to teach.
I kept looking back at what I had done in the past that made me happy, and teaching kept coming up. I was always a tutor, took education courses, and my social work internship was in a school and I was happiest when I worked with the kids. Finally after years of walking away from the path I should have followed in the first place, I became a teacher. It really was the best decision for me.
Recently a childhood friend shared this picture with me.
I forgot about that experience until she sent me that picture. I remembered the teacher I worked with, and the little boy who always hugged me when I walked in. The teacher kept asking me why I wasn't an education major and was trying to tell me that I belonged in the classroom.Let's face it, I can be a little stubborn and won't always do what people tell me to. Obviously it took a little longer to find my destiny, until it was my idea. At least I finally figured it out, I am a teacher.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
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