Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Rethinking things

It's been more than 3 months since my student teaching ended. There are paperwork things that I need to do to finish my credential, and I haven't made a move to do them in that time.

I can't tell if it's because I'm scared, or if I'm reluctant to actually start really looking for a teaching job.

I know I like dealing with teens and the math material one-on-one and in small groups, but I'm beginning to think that dealing with 5 classes of 35 students is too much for me.

What makes me an excellent tutor is finding what works for each student and explaining things in multiple ways. The demands of classroom management and finding ways to deal with multiple learning styles and a variety of ability levels are daunting.

I feel like I've been resting up from an ordeal. And that was only one semester.

I did have some additional challenges, such as requiring gallbladder surgery in the middle of the semester, but still, 3 months rest is too long.

However, if I decide to try to cobble together a real career as a tutor instead of a public school teacher, having the credential will go a long way toward helping me do that.

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