So, the school year has come to a close, and I’m just a little thrilled. (As is every other person I met at schools this year.) The experience was good, the kids were pretty cool, and of course I’ve managed to come out of the school term with more questions than answers as to what my next move should be. (There was a time in my life where though I didn’t have a full life plan, I had a good idea of what was next. I long for those days.)
I think it is safe to say that being a full time elementary school teacher is not really right for me. I’ve found I have many fundamental disagreements with how things are done – most of which I can sidestep as substitute, but wouldn’t be able to avoid if I pursued this full time. So, spending 3 years attempting to get a Masters in Elementary Ed to go into an environment where I would be constantly and utterly frustrated by the way things work seems incredibly misguided at best. This is also why I am SO happy that I spent the time in the classroom and figured this much out – it definitely was not a waste of time. I’ll still go back next year as I continue to try to figure out WTF I’m doing, but I’ll probably focus more on high school to get an idea of the environment with the older students and see what that’s like.
I know this much: I do like to teach. I like being able to show someone something they didn’t know before. I love it when I can help someone understand something. I love research and reading and studying. I love learning new things.
Maybe it’s time to take the advice that the spectacular Miriam Hodge gave me a couple years back and become a professional student. Mind you, I have no idea what I would study or if I could even get into grad school in the first place – a BS in Accounting doesn’t exactly translate well to Humanities & Social Sciences. I guess my summer project is getting that all figured out now, isn’t it?