Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Thursday 13

I didn't do a Thursday 13 last week, which was our first week of school. The week before that, I wrote 13 reasons why I didn't want summer to end and school to start. I mentioned that maybe I would write 13 reasons why I was glad school was starting. Here I go.

1. Seeing teacher friends I haven't talked to over the summer.

2. Getting to know the new groups of students I have.

3. Seeing the "light bulb" go off in their heads when they finally "get" something.

Ummmmmm..... that's all I can think of! So, let me try a different topic. Things I could do instead of teaching intermediate school.

1. Principal. I am certified to do this, but there is such a time committment! And a lot of BS involved, too, especially if you don't buy in to the philosophy of the "powers that be."

2. School counselor. I'd have to go back and get another certification, though.

3. College teacher. I've considered this, but without a Ph.D., I'd have to teach junior college, and they usually only hire part time teachers.

4. Journalist. I think it would be fun to write the news!

5. Novelist. I think this would be fun, but it's certainly not easy.

6. Editor. I'm great at proof-reading and editing. Finding this type of job would probably prove difficult, though, without any prior experience.

7. After-school Care Provider. This might be fun if it could give me a full-time income.

8. Magazine columnist. Another job that would be fun, but probably difficult to get my foot in the door.

9. Education Consultant for a corporation. Again, difficult to get the foot in the door.

10. Textbook representative. The only problem, there is travel involved, and I have a family.

11. Design training programs for teachers. Another job where I have no clue how to get started.

12. Tutor. There are several companies that provide tutoring (not affiliated with the schools) such as Huntington and Sylvan. My hours would mostly be after school hours which would take time away from my family.

13. Write training manuals. I could do that, if only I could find a company that needed someone to do that.

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  1. Actually, as a student, I remember the days of the light bulb going off!!!

    My 13 this week is all about Labor in a funny way. Hope you can stop by to visit with me. Happy Thursday. ['ll need to scroll down below my Thursday Thunks to find my list of 13]

  2. reminds me some things my sister told me.
    she just started her job as a teacher

    13 Walt Disney

  3. Great ideas. My sister majored in journalism but hasn't done anything with it... and my daughter (10th grade) who has always wanted to be a vet stated just yesterday she wants to major in journalism too now!
    Happy TT!

  4. Interesting List. I've done a few of those and it is hard to keep full time employment, especially without the travel and long hours. As for a principal, too many politics for me, but I still admire anyone who can do. I have a friend who is one, but he is also the epitome of tact and diplomacy in an understated way.

  5. My husband (also a teacher) went back to school on Tuesday. He said "There was screaming, crying, and tantrums. I don't know what's going to happen when the kids come back!"

    He lists #3 as his reason for teaching.

  6. That's a dangerously short list - the first one I mean. But the light bulb moment goes a long way in my book.

  7. At least you have a nice long list of ideas. Other than librarian I've a wee shop in a touristy town, be a different kind of librarian, novelist. That's about it.

  8. Yeah, I can only think of those 3 reasons for why I'm glad school has started.

    As for your other list, wow, you have a lot of options! I know being a mother, your options are somewhat limited. But, think of the possibilities once they are out on their own. Write that novel! Or become an editor. It's all at your fingertips when you are ready to explore. :)


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