I had a conversation with a friend the other day about school. We were talking about an upcoming project and I got really excited to do it just because it let me use my future educator skills. We laughed for a minute and then began talking about all of the qualities we possessed that prove we should be teachers someday.
We love to whip up a PowerPoint or worksheet. This may seem silly but anytime that a project needs a worksheet I am all about it, and that goes for PowerPoint presentations as well. I suppose this is the artistic side of me, but I really enjoy preparing these things.
Making up activities is a breeze. No matter what I’m doing I’m always trying to make up something to do, weather it’s for a class or the child I’m babysitting. So when it comes to making classroom activities my imagination runs wild.
Organizing is a piece of cake. There’s no denying that I love to organize things. Label makers, plastic drawer organizers, even folders and notebooks make me happy. Don’t even get me started on planners, they make my life complete. As soon as I step foot into an office supply store, I instantly start thinking of my future classroom. 3.5. School Supplies. I don’t give this its own number but I probably should. School supplies make me so happy. Buying a new pack of pens, or some post-its just makes the inner teacher in me feel complete.
DRESS CLOTHES! I don’t even need to dress up yet and I love to walk down the isles of dress pants and nice shirts. Just something about them makes me excited to get dressed up everyday. Sometimes I even get lost in pintrest looking at “teacher outfits”.
Future Planning. No I’m not writing up lesson plans in my free time, but every time I come across something I find useful or I could use to teach later I make a note of it, or save it. Writing notes in my books as I read of things I would teach.
All the work I’m putting into my degree. This can sound cliche, but I’m doing everything I can to become a teacher. Being an education major isn’t an easy job, I’ve never met someone in the education field that says school was a simple. There’s not only degree work, but state testing to go through as well, and hours and hours of reading, writing, creating, studying, observing, teaching small lessons, student teaching, and more. Anyone who can manage that, plus have a social life, maybe a romantic relationship, and work to pay their way through school and where they live, all while still aspiring to change the world as an educator is someone special. And I’m glad I’ve become friends with these amazing people.
No one told me this would be easy. I’ve been told “I won’t make much money”, “I’ll constantly have to be working on something”, “sometimes you get classes from hell”, “sometimes you get the best class in the world”, “there will be moments when you may have to make huge choices that will change a students life”,” your going to get mad”, “your going to have your feeling hurt”, “Your so small students won’t respect you”, “Your crazy why would you want to teach teenage brats”……. No no one has ever told me teaching is an easy job, but every single teacher I’ve ever met has told me it will be worth it, and that’s all I need to know.
She’s been my best friend in the entire world for as long as I can remember. I can text her about anything and she’ll always respond within minutes. She’s been with me through every weird phase of my life I’ve gone through. Every heartbreak, every success, every failure, every disaster, and every blessing. Honestly she is one of those blessings. There isn’t a day that goes by and she doesn’t try to make me smile.
But the weird thing is that she looks up to me. I need her more than anything, but I’m the person she’s aspiring to be. To her my life is perfect. She thinks I have the perfect body, the greatest friends, amazing hair, she thinks I’m super smart, and that I know where I’m going in life. This may be surprising to her, but everything she loves about me isn’t how it looks. I wish she felt that way about herself, because to me she’s the perfect one. I struggle everyday with confidence and faith in myself, and she walks around like she owns the damn world. I never admit to her that I’m scared of anything, but really I don’t have to. She knows but never lets me find out, and just offers her advice in a sneaky way. I can not even begin to explain how thankful I am for this girl. She came into my life with no warning, turning my entire world upside down… and that began the best part of my life.
Being her big sister has made me into the woman I am today. All those years of playing school and letting me be in charge taught me that I wanted to be a teacher. Those busy nights of babysitting that taught me that I want to be a mom. And those endless moments of laughter that taught me how to live fearlessly, honestly, and true to who I am. She helped me find myself, and for that I will always be grateful.