I'm thinking of starting a regular, maybe weekly installment called "Oh The Places You'll Go" ... mainly because I love taking pictures when I'm out and about and it's another nice reason to reflect either with my own words, or through poetry or maybe just the pictures themselves. So here we are with my second installment, these are photos I took 2 weeks ago on my walk home from one of my sub assignments, when the weather was warm and glorious, quite contrary to the gloom that is hanging around the city today. The theme I suppose of today's "Oh The Places You'll Go" is well..my reflection on teaching for this week ;)
Many times during this adventure of becoming a teacher I have felt like a little fish in a great big ocean...but I have to say that since finishing my program and working as a sub I have been treated like such an equal by everyone I have worked with. It's a wonderful feeling to be acknowledged for what I do and to be treated as if my opinion matters. At the end of the day anyone who teaches does so because they want to make sure that the voices of their students are heard and understood. My hope is that I can be of some positive influence to the students I work with giving them the encouragement needed to confidently swim out into that great big ocean that awaits them.
The school that I have been working at this week has a club dedicated to spreading Peace. These are children at a very ordinary public school doing such an extraordinary thing! They meet each week to discuss ways they can spread peace in their neighborhood. I was struck at what a basic yet beautiful concept that is for students to share. I was also in awe of this giant peace wreath hanging on the front of this Victorian house, such a beautiful statement in more ways than one.
2011 has already proven itself to be one full of challenge and hope in so many ways. Blogging has helped me to become a much more reflective person and for this I am grateful. I find it to be a great way to sit down and type past or through my current obstacles and a place where I can not only visualize the greater goal but also see any situation for the beauty it possesses.
Each day has brought a new set of kiddos into my life, and I am so happy that I get to spend my days around so many unique and bright individuals. There is certainly no monotony in what I do and I'm happy to come home every day with a new story to share.
Tomorrow will be my last day with this bunch and as always I'm sad to leave this assignment but looking forward to where I'll be headed next week.
Hope you are all having a busy and productive week and taking the time to stop and smell the roses!
Or Cherry blossoms ;)
XOXO- Miss V