Wednesday, July 06, 2005
School Supply Blues
I felt the pang of sadness today, folks.
I was walking through the store and came upon what has been a joyous moment for the last 23 years of my life...the school supply aisle.
I realized that I will not be investing, enjoying, and savoring the newness of a new school year and all the notebooks and crayons that come with it.
This was compounded by a phone conversation that I had with a former colleague who was busy working in her classroom to prepare for the new school year.
Let's take a moment and be dramatic about the whole thing...I am like a boat without a dock. I am a hamburger without a bun. I am a cell phone in roaming.
Really, I am fine. It is just a strange place to be when so much of my identity has been wrapped up in the role of "teacher". I know I am so much more than a teacher and have the capabilities to do more. I just really like being a teacher.
So, with the redundant realization that I really like being a teacher, I registered for two more of the tests that I need to take to receive my teaching license in Pennsylvania. This will show perspective employers that I am well on my way to becoming licensed. In unusual Sara fashion, I am taking the advice given to me. I am going to get ready to teach in Pennsylvania. It may not be for this school year, but I am not going to drop this teaching ball.
Next week, I will be plucking away at computerized and standardized tests that will measure if I have a clue. It ranks right up there with dentist visits and airport travel.
Posted by Sara at 2:58 PM