Since going back to work one month ago I started praying that God will show me what he wanted me to do with this opportunity. In the past, as a teacher, I generally arrived at school, went to my portable (ESL teachers are almost always in portables) taught, and then went home. I didn't do anything "above and beyond" what employment required, so to speak. No extra duties, no committees--it was just the students and me. Then I went home.
So, when I started back, I was surprised that I suddenly had this yearning to do more and be more as a teacher. And the opportunities just opened themselves up. An email was sent regarding a Master Teacher Book Club of sorts wherein they will be reading The Learning Leader: How to Focus School For Better Results.
At first I ignored the opportunity. After all, I'm in the Bloggity Book Club and reading Beth Moore's new book, and this other book did not sound fun. AT ALL. But, the email came out again and after thinking about it, I figured if Mini-Me and Mini-T are going to be in public school, at least for a while, I better be part of the solution in making schools better. I agreed to join. (I laughed when I had to explain in the email who in the world I was. Most of the teachers don't even know me yet!)
Anyway, I started reading this book last night and realized very quickly my brain cells have been slowly and methodically annihilated after watching more hours of The Wiggles, Hi-5, and Barney than I care to admit. I had to look up at least four words (just in the preface and introduction) and then convince myself that I was not a complete idiot and could handle this. Thank goodness only the first three chapters are due by Tuesday. And unlike high school, I actually plan on reading them.