In just 7 days my teaching career will be coming to an end. I don't think it will truly hit me until August when I start seeing all the school supplies on sale. I have given 36 years to teaching children of all ages. The only grades I haven't taught are kindergarten and fourth grade. I don't know how I skipped those.
Looking back I have taught in 4 schools in 3 districts. All of the schools have struggled with having materials for students and funding programs. I've used a lot of money out of my own pocket to fund my classroom. I think teaching is the only occupation where you have to pay for your own supplies to do your job.
Even though we have struggled we still managed to graduate successful students. I have taught students who have become, doctors, attorneys, bankers, realtors, insurance agents, nurses, EMTs, farmers, a state representative, clerks, truckers, mechanics, policemen, firemen and teachers. I think being successful comes from inside. We can't make a student be a success in life. All we can do is give students the tools they need to be a success. The rest is up to them.
We will still have the student that shouts out ridiculous answers, circles around the answer to your questions, without answering the question, or they just keeping talking until you give up. Who knows maybe one day this student may be President of the United States.
In 7 days I will start a new full-time career creating more teaching materials for TPT. I love working on creating educational materials for teachers and it will keep me doing what I've always Ioved to do.