Saturday, September 5, 2009

The First Two Things

This afternoon I completed the first two items on my list of 23 things. As a single mom in her forties who has recently switched from a blue collar existence (school bus driver, garage worker, cafeteria lunch lady, office cleaner) to a respected profession (second grade teacher), I have some experience with setting and meeting goals. For me, getting through college while working and raising three teens was the biggest goal I set. I had no idea how many obstacles would be in my way. I'm glad I didn't know, because I would have thought that I couldn't accomplish my goal and I wouldn't have tried. I handled things as they came up. Luckily, there always seem to be many people around who have gone where I am going before me, and I have been able to ask them how to do some of the scarier things. I definitely kept the end in mind. That's what got me through when I felt like forgetting the whole deal. I focused on things like making my house payment and still having money left over. I didn't have much confidence in myself at the beginning of my college career because I thought that if I had what it took, I would have gone to college 20 years earlier. As I completed classes successfully, my confidence grew.
As for point 7 1/2, Play, that usually has to wait until the work is done. In this class, those two things may turn out to be the same.


Anonymous said...

Reading about your journey to become a teacher is very inspiring. Good luck with your MSLS. :)

Jackie S, 2.0 project manager said...

Welcome to School Library Learning 2.0. Enjoy your discovery learning adventure! Soon, you will be an Oh-so-cool web 2.0 savvy teacher!

Greetings from California.
Best wishes.