So, I've completed year five (yay!) and I still feel excited about teaching and working with kids. No desire to leave my amazing classroom. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the job, teaching kind of gets in the way of other things worth pursuing. It's not a 9-5 job. Yes, The school day ends at 3:30pm but any teacher will tell you that the work NEVER ends. No matter how prepared you are or how much planning you've done, things always pop up and drag you to the bottom of the deep end. And if you do ever feel like you're on top of things; you're always thinking and reflecting on all the additional things you could be doing with your class.
The past few years have been amazing, Alhamdulilah. Things are always fun and interesting when you're in a room with 20+ 7 or 8 year olds. The excitement and energy in the room keeps me excited about teaching and that's something I'm thankful for. However, teaching took over my life. Getting home at 6pm everyday and then having to continue working on prep or marking or report cards was sometimes unbearable.
It has been a struggle to maintain balance in my life and not let teaching take over.
So I decided NO MORE! For now anyways :) I'm officially off for the year!! I'm currently working on a list of things to do with this newfound freedom (Suggestions?). As my collegues return to work this coming week, I will be in bed stretched out listening to the creaks in the walls and my heafty neighbour as he walks above my head. Bed at 9am = Bliss. I will secretly smile when I walk past the "Back to School" displays at the mall or watch some cheesy commercial trying to sell me backpacks and school supplies.
I went into my old class today to get my resources that I had neatly locked away for the summer. I had no idea how much stuff I had! When I was finally finished going through everything (4 hours later).. I packed it into my trunk and shut the door (with difficulty).
I still can't believe how many resources I've collected throughout the years. Mashallah, it's pretty awesome. It feels good to have something to show for all your time and effort. I'm glad that it's now tucked away waiting to be reopened in the future when I decide to come back.
And yes, I will miss teaching. Definately. But I'm excited to be able to do things I couldn't do and just relax for a while. But to all my Art projects, Math games, Science centers activities, Author studies and other fun-filled-ideas I say: "Stay neatly tucked away for a little while, and you shall be re-opened soon (inshallah). And children will be in awe and will be excited and will fall in love with learning once again!"