I’m writing this on an Apple MacBook Air. I’ve never been an Apple person (honestly, because during the early years I couldn’t afford to go that route and I became comfortable with the other mainstream alternatives), but here I am, stumbling through “command” instead of “control” shortcuts and wondering why the red X to close a window is on the left side of the screen instead of the right. Why am I on a Mac? Because “the district” gave me one to use, so I’m learning it through hands-on practice. Why did the district give me one? Because I’ve got a new position and I need a laptop to work as I move from school to school.
Wait a minute. I’ve got a new position? I thought I was a third grade teacher!
You’ve heard it said, I’m sure, that one should never pray for patience. Patience will come, it’s said, but only through experiencing more trials than any person should have to endure. The last month or so has been like that for me, but instead of patience I’ve gained the ability to handle change. Change.
Okay, I’m gaining the ability to handle change. I’m not quite there, yet, but I’m getting closer.
I’ve taught third grade (before I go any further, I really prefer to say I teach students who are in the third grade, but that sort of gets awkward to both write and read after a while) for 11 years. It’s all I’ve ever taught, and I fully intended to do so until I retired in another 100 years or so. As the last school year came to an end, though, two of my co-teachers found themselves making a change within the school. One was happy with her change, and the other wasn’t, but as I tried to encourage them I found myself thinking that maybe I could also break out of my comfort zone if the opportunity arose.
And then it did.
A STEM coach position within the district was posted. I applied. I interviewed. And just like that, I’m writing on a MacBook instead of my Chromebook. This is only a temporary position, and I plan to go back into the classroom in a few years, but for now it’s what I do.
Change. It’s new, but I can do this. I’m not, by the way, praying for patience. I’ve got enough going on, thank you very much.