I used to teach science in grades 7-12. My favorite age was always 10th grade biology. But this particular story is about my 7th graders. I love them all you know. I loved teaching and wish I could substitute but there is no need in our area. The economy has filled the teaching arena.
When we moved to our new town, I gave up teaching and worked full time at a garden center. I had worked part time for the same garden center while I was working full time teaching. So I just swapped the schedule 😉
I loved that sort of work but always missed the kids. Some people don’t like working with children or teens—but I’d rather be with them than adults any day. Kids are so funny. And of course they loved my quirky humor.
I consider myself a really good teacher because I have a lot of energy and I like to teach by hands-on learning. I’ve also taught consumer math, NC history, special education, PE, and Home Ec. I discovered if you are willing then God will provide you with the help to learn and stay a day ahead of the kids. And if you keep an open mind—God will teach you through the kids.
While the swallowtails were enjoying my Mexican Sunflowers today, my memory took me back about 3 years ago. I planned a trip to a butterfly farm with 60 of my students. I contacted a local butterfly farm and we were all set to go.
7th graders are still very excited about field trips. They talked about it all week and of course we had studied every stage of the butterfly development. We had studied flight patterns, made cocoons out of toile paper holders, and watched a butterfly hatch as part of our lessons leading up to the field trip.
No one was absent that day and the kids were in an especially good mood of course. I was excited too. Some kids had never seen one butterfly much less hundreds. 5 minutes before we were suppose to get on the bus, the farm owner called. She said there had been a water main burst and many of the butterflies had died. The farm was closing and she was very sorry.
Thank goodness MrD had volunteered to go with me that day cause I was in tears for my kids and my nerves. What was I going to do with 60 kids. MrD being the most gracious man that he is —-suggested we go to the science museum.
MrD paid for 60 kids to spend the whole day at the science museum. We had a blast and found some butterflies on exhibit there. It was a great day and I will forever be grateful to my dear sweet husband for bringing along his good wit and deep pockets.
I love you MrD. He had an especially hard week at work. It ended well with a project being set in motion that he has worked on for some 22 months. He puts in extremely long hours with tedius minutes at the computer. Most of the time he comes home in a good mood and then he goes to bed soon as his belly gets full—unless—Lonesome Dove is on. The man can not resist Lonesome Dove and it’s been on all week.
But I do think a good man is worth his weight in gold!
I’m not an English teacher so enough about that.