I love my job most of the time. This year is especially sweet because I have such a nice crop of students. At the same time is it stressful because of the silly changes coming in education, the intense focus on test scores at the cost of almost everything else, and the coming reality that student performance will be tied to my paycheck. I refuse to spend much time worrying about that. Like every year I am trying new things, reading the latest research about what works, and keeping the ball rolling in English class for 88 students. It’s fun in some ways, a drudge in others, yet I am proud of the work I do.
But how much longer will I love it? Will I still be doing the same thing in ten years? I doubt it, but it could happen. I confess, I’ve never been into over-managing my own life. I’ve talked with a few colleagues about starting a charter school, but I’m not sure I have the energy. I know I’ll begin the transition to teaching college level classes this spring and perhaps a full-time college position is in my future. Only the Lord knows. And that’s okay with me.
So, where do I see myself in ten years? Hanging out with some grandchildren every chance I get. Spending more time writing each day, gardening, loving life. Truthfully, I don’t spend much time looking that far forward. It is as pointless as spending time looking back. This week and next keep me pretty busy.
My verse for today: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
This is day two of the 30 day Blogging Challenge.