It’s summer time and the last thing anyone wants to think about is returning to work. For some people, their summer ends at the end of July! Many of us tremble at that thought. We’re spending the summer enjoying our spouses, children and the lack of an alarm clock. It’s pretty nice isn’t it?
I actually kind of have a little secret. Starting this fall when my colleagues return to work, I will not be joining them. After the birth of my son (2nd child) in May, I decided to take a year or two leave of absence from teaching. Although I’ve had great success teaching, I feel as though my real calling is to be a mother to my children. My daughter is already 4 and I feel like she is 14! I don’t want to blink and have that happen.
The good news for me professionally is that I’m still going to be “working” in education! I’ve been hired to be a curriculum writer for a project through the Department of Education in Florida. I am writing curriculum for the Common Core standards for grades K through Algebra! The resources will be turned into a computer based learning program. I’m so excited to be involved in such a huge project that will impact so many children. I’m also nervous! “Mastering” and writing curriculum for standards that are not even fully developed is going to be a challenge. I hope to take all I learn through this experience to create a wide range of common core math materials to sell in my store on Teachers Pay Teachers! Anything I create for the project is owned by the Dept of Education – but I can take my new knowledge and create a whole bunch more! I’m really excited that I will be able to offer common core materials to SO many teachers in so many different grade levels!
Also – a promise. I promise to blog! When I started this blog (months ago – yikes) I was slightly in over my head! We were moving, I was working and I was pregnant. I was a little under water. The focus of this blog is going to change as well. Since I am not going to be a Middle School Math Teacher for the next year or two, I’m going to focus more on what I learn about the common core standards!
Here we go!