Today I was having a minor crisis. This happens every time I have to look for a job, which, unfortunately, is more often than I would like. (Note: if you think you can change the world for the better, you may not be well-liked in some education circles, especially if you are effective in what you do. At least that has been my experience.) In looking for a job I thought, why don't I just go back to teaching high school? I loved it and it was easier and had better hours than my current job, and sadly, it would actually pay a lot more. (Note #2: When the meager pay of a high school teacher is an improvement over your current salary, you are in the wrong job.)
Confession: I have two Facebook profiles. One is locked and secure and is for my family and very close friends. The second is for my former students. Once all of those former students turn 21, then I'll probably combine the two, but until then, things are separate. This has to do with my paranoia. I have a deep-set fear that some 19 year-old would happen to see that Honey makes wine and then somehow it would spiral into a statewide newspaper story about how a teacher's low morals is corrupting the youth. No thank you!
This afternoon, I posed a modified version of my dilemma on my "student FB": I'm thinking of returning to the classroom while I figure out what it is I want to do with life. The responses made me laugh and cry and made me incredibly proud of my wonderful, intelligent kids. I decided to keep these responses here on my blog so that I always remember. If I'm tempted to think about this in the future, I'll have the voices of my kids running through my head. (Ignore any grammar issues, as I have learned to do -- I am convinced that if I had four years with any of these kids they would now have proper grammar, but as it is I was only in various schools for a few years at a time.)