5/2 May-be

Our district is doing a lot of interviewing for positions for next year.  Some of the other districts in the area are as well and so some of our current staff are looking to move to schools closer to home or just to move on to something new.  It will be interesting to come back after summer and see how the dust has settled out and what kinds of new is waiting.

I’m part of the old dust.  Not as old as some of the staff here but of an age that I have been asked more than once how long I plan on continuing to work. The answer is: for more years than I would probably wish but I’m not ready to leave yet anyway.

I like teaching, I get something new out of every year mostly because I do something new every year.  I do have some kids who return to my class because they entered as three year olds but the make-up of the group is different from year to year. There is always a new focus for learning from the district and/or my building and I enjoy being challenged to think more deeply and teach more intentionally.

But some staff my age are done – they are done – and it saddens me that for whatever reason, whether it is not being able financially to retire or not ready to let go of the routine of work, or a combination of the two, they continue to teach.

I worry it will happen to me.  I know I can let go of the routine but it will be a while until I’m ready financially.  But because of that I think I work  harder to stay positive and engaged and dedicated to this work which I believe is one of the most challenging careers out there. 1-IMG_2066

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3 responses to “5/2 May-be

  • Gretchen Staebler

    I love this photo, Amelia. Such love and attention. And you can still squat! And your new shorter hair, which probably isn’t new at all. I wish all teachers were like you, but I know a lot of great ones, including my daughter-in-love. I’m glad for all of you. Everyday should be Love a Teacher day.

  • fireflytrails

    I am retired – but I worked every minute of those 34 years (well most every minute!) til the end of the last day. I told no one but my principal and two dear secret keeping friends that I was retiring, so when it was announced the last two weeks of school, teachers were very surprised. They told me they never would have guessed, which made me thankful to believe I had given it my all. I say all this because I DO know of those people who are done and that is a shame for them as well as for others.

    As for you, I know you only through your writing, but I can tell you are a gift to those students you have. Thank you for being such a loving and involved teacher – every minute along the way!!

  • Maureen

    I relate to this so much! Love the idea of being “the old dust”…and I know the feeling of waiting to see how the dust settles next fall. We, too, have a lot of changes happening. Education needs us to stay!! Children need us!! Love the photo.

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