What She Wore: Khaki pants; white, long-sleeve henley; red, cable-knit, zip-up sweater; red snow boots. They said it was going to snow today, but it’s mainly just rained. Maybe later.
Today I went to a convention downtown for the teachers of students who are learning English as a second language. i don’t teach students like this right now, but they are often placed in my classes and require much of the same types of help as the special education students do. There were really interesting presentations and lots of good information. I scribbled copious notes, and really learned a lot. But in the sessions I realized something–I have job ennui. I need a new challenge. For a long time, the challenge of the job was survival. Last year, it was discipline. This year—eh. I just don’t have that passion for any one thing. Being an inclusion teacher, I don’t make lesson plans–I follow my kids around and help them. Last year, I spent a lot of time figuring out the best way to help them. This year, the core teachers are better at modifying, and I have even less to do. I have never liked doing something when I didn’t feel needed. I need a new challenge. The question now is–what will my new challenge be?
To keep my current job, I need to take special education classes. Do I want to do this, or do I want to pursue something else? I really have no idea. I’ve thought about working with future teachers, I’ve thought about going back and teaching a regular English class, I’ve thought about branching out and doing something else in the education world. Yikes–so many choices. Might have to marinate on this one for a while.