I’m linking up again with Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade to share with you my decision on becoming a teacher.
I’m one of those people who knew she wanted to be a teacher for a very long time. I remember being at babysitter’s houses, and I can’t remember their names, but I remember being in rooms with dolls and toys and teaching them. I remember wanting extra worksheets to do at home so I could use them with my friends when they played school. I was always the teacher and I remember that distinctive fight where my friends were angry because it wasn’t fair that I was always the teacher. I’ve always been a bit bossy I guess 🙂
In high school, I started reconsidering. I loved having intellectual arguments with people and law school started to pique my interest. It was also about this time that I started becoming a fan of police/law shows on TV (Law & Order, what! what!). I seriously contemplated going to school to become a lawyer and make a better income for myself and my family. It was also about this time that I decided to start tutoring a friend who needed help in math. She told others how much I helped her, and it solidified in my mind that I wanted to work with kids because I always had a natural knack with them. Plus, being a teacher meant I had the summers off and I’d have days off with my kids, and I had a much shorter day. I could handle the pay, I said. I want to be home with my kids, I said. Lawyers work long hours and have high demands, I said.
Clearly, I didn’t know much about teaching, or at least what teaching would be down the road. Sometimes I wonder about how things would be if I had done law school instead. Don’t get me wrong, that passion is still there. I still want to teach. I wouldn’t be a blogger if I wasn’t wanting to share my thoughts and ideas with the world. But, it makes ya think, ya know.