Sunday, February 22, 2009

The things I have taken from teaching...

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!
jim

1 comment:

rachel said...

Haha, awesome! I've found that you can never have too many pens. All of my pens from the beginning of the year are now gone - thanks to being borrowed by students. All of my pens are now either stolen from the teacher's lounge or picked up off the floor after my students leave them there carelessly.