Last week I jokingly listed some of the things I miss about teaching. This week I thought I would give it a more serious turn. So, here is my list of 10 things I really do miss about my chosen profession.
I miss leading my students on a journey of discovery throughout the year.
- I miss seeing their eyes light up when they finally grasp the concept I am presenting to them.
- I miss hearing them talking excitedly to their friends about the project they are working on for my class – specifically the “IT” project (I will explain this in a future post.)
- I miss standing back and watching my students shine as they read their stories to their parents and explain their projects during our annual Curriculum Faire.
- I miss former students coming back to say “hello” and reminisce about where they say in my room and the projects they remember doing.
- I miss sharing what I learn at conferences with my team and the rest of the faculty.
- I miss helping content area teachers devise ways to incorporate writing into their lessons.
- I miss being Language Arts Department Head for the Middle school. This is kind of strange, but I enjoyed organizing our monthly meetings.
- I miss learning from my colleagues. They always brought back great information and ideas from the conferences they attended.
- Lastly, I miss our monthly faculty Roadkill (covered dish) lunches. The people in our building really know how to cook.
Although Kathy and I are enjoying my retirement and I know that I went out at the right time for me, I still find myself thinking about teaching. I guess that is why I am so involved with our Writing Project’s Young Writers Academy. In all honesty, I can’t think of any other job that I would have rather had for 40 years.