Transitions are hard. Transitions are exciting. Transitions make you question every decision you have every made.
I am preparing for a major transition. I am returning to the classroom. I will be teaching high school English in the fall at an all boys catholic high school (that is all the details you’ll get). I haven’t taught high school since July of 2006. That is a long time ago (7 years if anyone is counting).
I am excited. I am nervous. I am anxious. I am scared to death.
My teacher friends have assured me that it is just like riding a bike. I am not so sure that I agree. Not only has it been 7 years since I have taught, it has also been 7 years since I have written a lesson plan. And, if I am honest, I have to acknowledge that I am not getting back on the same bike. All of my high school teaching experience has been urban. I am not teaching in a relatively affluent high school with an extremely rigorous academic program.
I’m going to be teaching novels, etc that I haven’t read or thought much about in 7 or more years. I have 9 weeks before I stand in front of the room before 25+ eager students. I have a lot of preparation to do. It’s a bit like being back in graduate school and reading a novel a week.
I have been fighting the pull to return to the classroom for years and am excited that I have this amazing opportunity to return.