Thursday, August 27, 2009

An Opening Days of School To Remember

I've been busy. I've been stressed. I've been busy and stressed!

For the last 8 years I have worked with regular education students, special education students, and at risk students. My job has been to not only provide a free and equal education to all students, but to also help students with less than stellar home lives, offer counseling, and to prevent students from dropping out. Many people believe that due to the fact that I don't work with honors students that my job is easy. Those are the people who have never apparently had to work for anything and everything came to them easily and without regard or just don't know what they are talking about.

Working with children, regardless of academic ability or SES, is hard work. Keeping kids in school who do not have guidance at home is even harder. Anyone in the business of education or child development has one of the hardest jobs in the world. Those that refuse to recognize it need to reflect back on who helped them get to where they are. I'm off of my soap box now.

I received my upcoming year's schedule in the mail this past July. It stated that I would be doing much of what I had been doing in the past. Until I came to school last Friday. Due to a tenured teacher leaving, I am now the Senior English and Advanced Placement Literature and Writing teacher. I've taught seniors before. No sweat. I have not taught AP Lit before and I have my hands full to say the least.

I'm excited and looking forward to it, but will be required to put in much more time to prepare for this class. If my blog is sporadic, please forgive! I'm creating life long learners and independent thinkers over here! I'm keeping kids from dropping out! I'm helping kids better their lives! I have a big job a head of me.