I appreciate all the insightful comments yesterday on my thoughts of becoming a school teacher. I found them both useful and interesting. After reading over the comments, I made the decision, yes, I will be a teacher. I took a position yesterday, and the job starts this coming Monday. I am now in the midst of a major panic attack, wondering if I can do this. They have me teaching 3 different classes . . . Algebra II, Business, and Computers, and will be teaching 7 periods per day. The major fears I have are:
1) I dont have a teacher certificate, so I will have to be working on certification training and testing while teaching what looks like a pretty full load
2) I have never taught before, and it has been 27 years since I was in high school
3) I have good math skills, but it has been a long time since I worked Algebra problems.
4) The computer class is based on Office 2007. When I bought my last laptop, I downgraded to office 2003 because I found 2007 peculiar and hard to use.
Things I am encouraged about:
1) They tell me they will hand pick the students in my classes and give me students who are smart, motivated, and want to learn.
2) This school system still uses the paddle, and the principal assures me that discipline is maintained in the school.
3) The superintendent and principal have assured me that they will support me and help me to be successful
4) I think that the Computer and Business classes could be tailored to teach kids not just how to use a computer, but how to communicate, and how to build a successful career (with the computer being a useful tool).
Anyway, this will be a new adventure. My main fear is simply a time issue . . . I am willing to dedicate 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM to this job, but is there enough hours to both teach, prepare for class, grade papers, take my own teacher certification training, and testing. We will see . . .