This is my former student, Carrie Sunde in a few Pearson commercials!
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Whew time flies....it's been 10 years since Carrie was my student in 10th grade biology at North Quincy High School in Massachusetts. In 6 working days, I will be back in the classroom anxiously awaiting that 8:20 bell that signals the start of 1st period. Contacting Carrie to congratulate her on her recent wedding, I can't help but reflect on my first few years of teaching.
I'll admit it. I thought I was the "cool teacher". I blended up Happy Meals for nutrient testing, referenced Grey's Anatomy during lectures, and frankly ignored standards that I felt were unnecessary. I must have been so annoying to veteran teachers. Teaching back then was mainly fun because I felt liked by the students. The one moment I cried during school was when I found out a student had said "when Ms. Chen smiles, she can kill a bee" (btw this makes absolutely no sense) to the class while there was a sub. Good grief, was I dramatic and sensitive.
Now entering my tenth year, I'm not even sure what a student can say that will make me cry. Things in the classroom have gotten serious. I go by the standards, struggle to keep up with pop culture, and really try to push my students, even if it means that they won't like me. I realize that being a good teacher is so much harder than being a cool teacher. Is that what's known as being jaded? Even in my tenth year, I still spend HOURS planning. I guess what I'm realizing is that teaching doesn't get easier but it does get better...I hope. Oh well....back to planning #lifeofateacher #6moredays #ineedgluesticks