I often get asked the question (from other, more veteran, teachers): What have you taken from teaching in these first couple of years?
Answering that question is quite difficult, because I have taken so much from my teaching experience so far.
However, some things that I have taken from teaching became evident to me this weekend. I was doing a little cleaning/consolidation while Emily was working the past couple of days when I came across these things. And those things are... pens! Yeah, that's right, pens. The picture should help explain.
Over the last 18 months, I have subconsciously accumulated about 40 pens from school.
It all started in my first ever IEP meeting a few weeks after I started teaching. I felt somewhat prepared for the meeting and had all my paperwork ready and a pen to take all my notes. However, as I passed around some paperwork that needed to be signed while still writing on some different paperwork, I realized I was the only one in the room with a pen. I had to stop my writing and pass my pen around. Ever since that day I have carried around 2 pens in my pocket throughout the day just in case I need to use one or lend one. It has become somewhat of a normal routine when I arrive at school. I get to school, unload my backpack (yes, my backpack... thanks Alan) and then I precede to open my desk drawer and grab those 2 coveted pens (albeit some mornings I would have to run down to the workroom to grab a couple more pens due to my original pens mysteriously disappearing... well, mysteriously until yesterday).
I guess some days I just forgot to take the pens out of my pocket and leave them at school. my bad.
I shall return the pens to school and hopefully they will stay there a little longer than in the past.
At least I finally have a quick answer for people when they ask me about what I have taken from teaching.
Maybe one of these days I'll share what, non-concrete, things I have taken from teaching.
Here's to another week!