The Life of a Teacher

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If you’ve never taught then you do not know how true this is. You have to get together worksheets or a film or something constructive for the kids to do so that they aren’t bored and drive the substitute crazy. Sometimes that’s a lot more work than just being there suffering through and teaching. Many times I have gone in sick just because the task of getting together something else for the students to do was worse than actually going in.

Yesterday, I had to figure out assignments for all of my classes since I would not be at school today. Even though I’m battling a cold, and would like to stay at home in bed, I actually have something I’d much rather be doing today. Most teachers are going to think I’m crazy for wanting to do this, but I’m actually very excited. I’m going to a professional development workshop today. It’s a topic that I love, and something that my master’s degree was centered on, but I do expect to learn more about this area of the topic.

Unlike most of my students, I love learning new things. I love being able to sit and listen to an expert and take notes. Honestly, if I could be a professional student and make decent money doing so, I’d do it in a heartbeat. However, unless I go back and get another master’s degree, I think my days as a student are over, except for professional development. Grant it, I’d love the chance to go back and get a degree in library science, counseling, American literature, or theology. If I were independently wealthy, and never had to worry about money, I’d go for degrees in all four, and maybe a few languages too. Until I win the lottery, those are just dreams.

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About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

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