Wednesday, March 30, 2011
the things i'm learning
So, this working, out of the house, full time, thing is still pretty new. I'm in my third week now and these are a few of the things I've learned.
1. I still need to create. I love to make things. I really have very little time between getting the kids to bed and preparing for the next day, but I need to make time to create. I made this owl for Noah. He and Joel are on the 4th Harry Potter book. I'm working on a giraffe for Ellie Blue. I couldn't seem to focus on anything else until I started making the ideas I had in my head.
2. I had heard about working mother guilt, I had assumed it was about feeling guilty for leaving your children. I'm feeling a little guilty for enjoying teaching so much. I love having an audience all day. Will I feel less fulfilled when I go back to being home with Ellie?
3. Noah walked past my art room today during recess. I caught him as he was headed back outside. He had been hit in the face by a soccer ball during recess, so he came in, went to the nurse, got an ice back and was trotting back out when his mother interrupted him. At first I thought why didn't he want my comfort and help? But I realized school is about learning to take care of yourself. In a room with 18 other kids,and one teacher, you need to learn how to handle things on your own. Also, Noah likes it that I am there, but he can't learn to depend on it, I spend most of the week in other buildings and I'll be gone next year.
So, I'm just teaching on and figuring it out as I go.