Thursday, January 14, 2010

Like Coming Home

I have really been looking forward to getting back to substitute teaching, but I didn't realize how much I had actually missed it until I set foot in the high school this morning.

I had butterflies in my tummy last night and actually felt kind of nervous. It had been so long since I'd been in the classroom, I guess I was afraid my skills would have gotten rusty or I wouldn't feel comfortable. Pair that with a horrendous night of sleep (I was up with the kids literally 2-4 times every HOUR) and I wasn't exactly feeling confident about my triumphant return to the classroom.

My fears were quickly laid to rest. From the moment I entered the building, I felt as though I had never left. I was immediately relaxed and was greeted with smiles by colleagues and students I haven't seen for months. I quickly remembered how the heck to be a teacher and my morning classes all went very well. I loved re-connecting with my fellow teachers and getting hugs from those I was close to in the past. The nerves passed and I reclaimed my position as an educator with confidence.

It was like coming home.

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