SoCS October 28th Prompt

Linda is our tireless hostess for SoCS. She is always coming up with great ideas. The weekend kind of got away from me. It’s already past midnight, making it technically Monday morning.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “element.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

I knew from an early age that I wanted to become a teacher. I had some terrific teachers in my academic years. I also had some awful ones. I knew the difference a good teacher could make in your well-being. The jobs I took (except for McDonald’s) were all related to working with children. I was always in my element when teaching and supervising kids. I hoped to give comfort as I had been given.

I was convinced that I wanted to teach the very young. I started working, pre-college degree, in a kindergarten class. Seeing the light bulbs go off for the children made me gloriously happy. When a student verbalized that the red crayon said red on the label, I knew a whole new was opening up for them.

Later when I started teaching public school, I was afraid of not seeing all those light bulb moments. The classes were much larger than in private school. I found that my fears were unwarranted. I spent the last 30 years of my career teaching middle school science. Even with 180 students a day, there were still light bulb moments.

When I taught 7th and 8th graders the periodic table of elements was always present in their books, on my walls, and in song. I would have the song playing between passing periods every day for months. I was thrilled with how many kids picked up the element song.

 

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