Monday, February 9, 2009

Future Guesses

Today I completed my first observation of the many to follow this semester. I always enjoy observations. It is fun to be in a classroom and simply try to hide in the back corner. I do not need to get involved in the class activities, just sit back and scrutinize the teacher. I really suggest everyone to try it sometime. 

Even though observations are supposed to give one an idea of what it is like to be a teacher, I fear that it does not even come close. We only see what is presented to the class that day. We do not see the teacher preparing the lesson, grading homework, filling out various reports on individual students and all of the education that had to be completed before being Pennsylvania certified. When I observe I always get excited about the possiblity of being a high-school teacher. Then I stop and reflect on all the dirty work involved with teaching and I quickly get discouraged. I do not handle stress well and I think whithin the first week of being a teacher I would lose all my hair due to the ferocious pulling of it. 

It is comforting to know that my Heavenly Father knows what I will be doing in my future. I do not recall if I mentioned the options rolling around in my head as of now, but I will mention them again anyway! Of course we have the possibility of being a secondary English teacher. Exciting, yet exhuasting. Then there is the possibility of being a library scientist. Although this sounds tantalizing to all you readers (do not lie, I can tell),  I really have no idea what being a library scientist entails. None. Next option, a guidance counsellor. That is another profession that Iam  completely ignorant of. Also, there is substitute teaching. Now, talk about exciting! I would never know what awaits me in my day. Although, that does sound to me to be very stressful. Choice bajillion, speech and language pathologist. We had a guest speaker come to my Introduction to Special Education class last semester and it sounded like such a rewarding job. 

I know that every person undergoes this major decision at least once in their lifetime. I know that some even go through this journey of identity many times whether he/she be young or old. I know I have already changed my major twice and it will probably change again sometime in the future. I just have to keep on reminding myself that God has been with me in my past, He is with me in the present, and He will be with me in the future. It is a good thing He knows what is going on becuase if He did not...I would be doomed. In fact, we all would.


Bethany Streng said...

i always thought that speech pathology was totally fascinating. and definitely rewarding. maybe you should look into that.

Becca Joy said...

Umm so we could take the same classes and be like... study buddies! Haha, wow. I didn't know you were thinking about that idea. I can also see you being a substitute... although that's not a very consistent job. I'd jump for joy if my teacher were sick, cuz that means I'd get to spend the day with Miss Christen! Ha.