Teaching is a Comedy: Tales of a 6th Grade Teacher
The First Five Years
Copyright 2012 Leigh Carter
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Dedications: Dad for always telling me to keep a journal and to not take life so seriously, Mom for great ideas, my brother for always making me laugh, and my husband for being my constant inspiration.
I am so lucky. I have the best job ever! Before becoming a 6th grade keyboarding teacher, I was a financial accountant. I quickly realized I had way too much energy to stay in a cubicle 8 hours a day. So after I completed a handful of classes and passed a handful of exams, I finally got into the classroom and I remember being scared to death on my first day of school. But it was such an exciting feeling. Ironically, I have a huge fear of speaking in front of people. So as I began to welcome the kids to class I tipped over my coffee mug on my desk, I was so nervous. Every day of my first year of teaching I remember thanking my lucky stars that I was there; living my dream and during the “Moment of Silence,” which we do every morning, right before we say the Pledge of Allegiance, I thank God that I am where I am- in the land of adventure, where anything can happen. Teaching is such an adventure, if you let it be. Now, I’m sure when you hear “keyboarding teacher” you think, “boring!” which is also my student’s first impression on the first few days of class. I do teach them how to type correctly using the QWERTY keying method, but it is as much about computers as it is typing. The awesome thing about being a teacher is you can be super creative and you have these young minds that are so imaginative and diverse and you get to be a part of their lives, maybe even make an impression on them! There have been some years where I’ve had 32 students in a classroom. That makes it very challenging to get to know them. But! Since it’s keyboarding class I can have them type whatever I want. If you are a teacher, you probably know that when students enter the classroom, they should have a warm-up or a bell-ringer to complete. This is something to get them seated, started, and focused. I make my warm-ups fun and thought-provoking so that I have something to read after class and something to learn about from each of them. This is a great way for me to get to know them. Most of this book stems from the responses to these warm-ups. Some of them are hilarious, some of them will touch your heart and soul, and some of them will just make you go, “huh?”