Sunday, February 3, 2008

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

I've been thinking about grad school recently (crazy I know... and I'm not even finished, aka no where near finished, with National Boards). I'm trying to figure out what I want to do. I've always known I want to teach so this has actually been kinda difficult for me because now I'm trying to narrow down the field of work I love to do and think about what is it about my job that I love.

I know that I want to stay in the classroom.
I know that I love teaching K-2 children.
I know that I love, love, love teaching Writer's Workshop.
I love reading to my kids and watching them learn to love reading.
I really love having students with special needs in my class.
I am fascinated by children with Autism.
I fall in love with the low socio-economic, behaviorally emotionally challenged student.
I know that I loved all my psychology classes in college.

Any ideas??

Here's what a silly personality quiz had to say about me:

You would most enjoy a career that allows you to meet new people. You would also be happiest in a career that allows you to be free and flexible, and allows you to be extremely creative.

You are a great leader. You genuinely enjoy being around other people. Your relationships with others are very important to you. You love talking and meeting new people. You are very enthusiastic about work and about all that you do and have in your life. You love being the focus of attention. You enjoy a fast pace. You are very socially oriented. Therefore, you are much happier being with others than you are alone. You crave interaction with others.

You are very spontaneous and often act before you think. You are always quick to answer when you are asked a question, even if you aren't sure of the answer. It is easier for you to improvise as you go along. You enjoy thinking out loud, and are most creative when brainstorming with friends or colleagues. You enjoy being involved in many activities.

You are very easy to read, and often wear your heart on your sleeve. You are never afraid to tell people what you think. You are very empathetic and genuine. You can sometimes be seen as over-emotional or too involved by others. But that is only because you tend to get so involved in the things you do that they become personal. You want to be adored, loved and appreciated. You like to please others and to make sure people are happy.

You trust your gut instincts. You are easily inspired and trust that inspiration. You are very innovative. You analyze things by looking at the big picture. You are concerned about how what you do affects others. You worry about your actions and the future. You tend to use a lot of metaphors and are very descriptive and colorful in your choice of language.

You are very creative, and get bored easily if you don't get to express yourself. You like to learn new things. You don't like the same old routine. You like to leave your options open.


MadMad said...

Our school has "inclusion" classrooms for that age group, mixing special needs and standard curriculum children in one room, with a SpEd teacher (sometimes an aide, too); I think it's becoming more common, as it's a less expensive way to educate the children who might normally need outside placements. They have been very, very successful - the modeling works both ways, etc., etc. Are you thinking of focusing on Special Ed, maybe?

johnnyp said...

I don't pretend to know the daily struggle with your patience and sanity that must be what it's like to teach, but I do know that I saw your eyes light up like a campfire when you talked to me about your kids, especially the boy who was having seizures. Of all the things you would be more than qualified for, I believe that you are genuinely having a positive effect on your kids, so who gives a you know what if some ambiguous survey has to say? You are a great teacher and your kids are so, so, so lucky to have such a caring teacher. You are great at your job. They love you. I think it is just that simple.