Friday Two Cents: To Thine Own Self Be True


  This week I finished off my long-term occasional with one school and went back to the early childhood educator (ECE) supply list for the school board. I have to admit that I did enjoy myself working every day and I do miss the students, but I did enjoy sleeping in (about an extra 30 minutes only) and doing other activities. I was able to read, write and draw a bit more than I was able to lately.   Yet this opportunity gave me an extra opportunity to realize something else. I think I am ready and willing to have my own classroom.


I had several teachers and parents, come up to me lately and say that I should have my own classroom, but I was a bit hesitant or maybe a bit modest about admitting that idea. You see being an ECE is like being an assistant teacher in the room. I am there to help the teacher establish the classroom and provide programing to help assess the students. You might think that it is not so but I was told by people higher up on the food chain that, that is the role of the ECE and I understand this.

Teaching in a kindergarten class.

This past experience has been so educational that it allowed me to grow and test my abilities. Several people told me that I was running the class, even though I did not believe them. Yet I went to another class later on this week were I supplied and was teamed up with another supply teacher. The students were good even though they had two supply teachers, but I noticed that I was directing the students in a similar way when I was with the other class. The students responded to me and I was able to direct/teach them more. The teacher in the class was very appreciated and said thank you for taking on the lead. I never thought that I was leading but in retrospect I guess I was, even though I was not sure of the routine of the class the day went smoothly.

I would imagine my time as an ECE in addition to my teacher training in teacher’s college is beginning to show. I was still a bit apprehensive about getting my own classroom because of this lingering doubt in the back of my head. Am I a good teacher? There were some people who told me to change who I was to become a better teacher but many more said to just be you. In these two classes I was myself and the students responded positively. I guess I have to keep that famous quote from Shakespeare in the back of my head.




This above all: To thine own self be true. Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3

If I can do this than I believe I can take on any challenge along my path.



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