I’m writing this post with a good friend in mind who is an unbelievable classroom teacher and an even more amazing teacher trainer. This is the time of the year that districts across the country are creating or filling jobs of all types…especially in edtech. When you love what you do in the classroom along with loving the “bonus time” given to training teachers…taking the leap can be a difficult step and that’s okay. Leaving the classroom that you love isn’t easy and quite frankly, it shouldn’t be…if you’re doing it for the right reasons.
I loved every single moment with my students and I am a better me because of them. The experiences that I had reaching such diverse learners carries me to this day. When the time came for me to take the leap out of my classroom, I didn’t think that I was ready. I knew in my heart that my time in C105 was over, but my mind wasn’t ready to change.
I remember running into a former student and recent HS graduate…chatting about her path of pursuing her goals and dreams. It was odd that even as I gave her advice, it was as if I were talking into a mirror. As word got around that I was considering a move from the classroom, she sent me an email and I kept it. She wrote…
“Ms. D., you were the best teacher that a lot of us ever had but we saw you as you helped other teachers too. Your face lit up just as much as when you worked with us. You had something that they needed and it’s time for you to go because in your heart, you know that you need to do it.”
It was at that moment that my journey to where I am now began.
I didn’t become a tech specialist because I loved technology. I became a tech specialist because I love learning and I deeply feel that technology should be a natural part of that process. I also know that I have a gift in working with learners who struggle and sometimes that includes teachers.
As my good friend ponders her next move and goes in and out of her head questioning her abilities, I have this to say…
If you feel that you want to stay in the classroom, stay there. If you want to work with teachers, don’t let your fears hold you back from doing it. Own your goals.
Whatever you do, don’t sit there and allow yourself to talk yourself out of your dreams.
If this is what you want…prepare, apply and go after it with a vengeance.