Thursday, June 12, 2008

Next steps

Ever since I graduated college, I've been searching for something meaningful and important to do with my life. I've done a lot of very interesting and challenging things, but none of them have really led anywhere. Long story short, I'm working on getting myself out of a rut.

I had been thinking for a little while that I might go back to school for a Master's degree in linguistics, or perhaps go to Rabbinical school, or something else. At some point, the idea of becoming a school counselor came up, and it piqued my interest. That, I thought to myself, was something I could do.

Eventually, the conversation about being a school counselor evolved, and I found myself intrigued about a different angle: becoming a public school teacher. I'd never really considered that possibility before. The more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea.

And so, a few weeks ago, I began the process of applying for the Alternative Certification to become a public school teacher. My degree in International Studies and my post-graduate work experience will qualify me to teach High School Social Studies. It's a complicated process to get certified, but I'm going to pursue it, and hopefully I'll be able to start teaching in the 2009-2010 school year.

Teaching is the perfect outlet for my intellectual energies and for my desire to really make a difference in the world. Yes, I know, teenagers can be difficult, but I was a teenager not too long ago (ok 10 years ago), so I think I have an idea of how to handle them.

It's been a while since I've been idealistic about something like this, so I'm going to enjoy the idealism while I can. I know that once I get down into the nitty gritty world of teaching, it'll be difficult, perhaps overwhelming, but I have confidence that I'll be able to succeed.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think teenagers will be your problem. It'll be parents. I have a couple of very good friends who were both teachers. They loved working with the kids and, like you, wanted to make an impact. They both left teaching after 5-7 years because of the parents. I think most people who think about teaching focus on actually teaching and not all the other crap that goes with it.
    They have stories which shocked and amazed me. One parent tried to bribe the teacher to get him to pass his son. Another parent smeared peanutbutter on the homecoming decorations because the peep squad didn't select the decorations she wanted.

    I salute you for your drive to do something bigger than yourself, and i'd never want to discourage that. But i would suggest getting the full picture before making the leap. Just my two cents.