The choice

5 Mar

For the last six years, I have taught Humanities. Before COVID, we had a double period so we could teach both ELA and Social Studies. It was a dream job.

I have learned a few things over my years as a teacher and one very important lesson I have learned is that dream jobs don’t last. That could have made me cynical, but I have also learned that, as Mother Superior says in The Sound of Music, “When the Lord closes a door, he opens a window.” I am wiser, but not yet jaded.

Next year, my school district is dropping Humanities and adding separate ELA and Social Studies classes. This means that Humanities teachers have to make a choice. And, for me, it is a Sophie’s choice. I love teaching both.

I filled out the annual “what I want to do next year survey” early last week. For the past week I have edited my online form multiple times, some days choosing ELA, others Social Studies. Fortunately, the form had a space at the end for me to write. I wrote about the fact that my Humanities partner was retiring. I wrote about my love for both. And I wrote about my trust in the administration to make the best decision for the school as a whole. Trust is my One Little Word of 2021.

I have no idea when we will find out. I have no idea when the form will close. I hope it is soon, so that I am not tempted to change my answer yet again. Regardless, I trust that the right decision will be made and I will be happy with it.

9 Responses to “The choice”

  1. fireflytrails March 5, 2021 at 6:58 am #

    I hope things work out for the best. In fact I know they will. You are wiser but not jaded. You have trust. A great post of decision making and finding peace.

  2. arjeha March 5, 2021 at 7:33 am #

    No matter which choice you make or is made for you I know it will be the right one and you will excel in whatever it is.

  3. WOWilkinson March 5, 2021 at 7:58 am #

    Good luck. It’s so disappointing when something good ends. Hopefully, you’ll receive a reprieve and get to teach both combined again.

  4. jumpofffindwings March 5, 2021 at 12:22 pm #

    Because you really can’t lose, you like both and you are terrific at both, your trust is a gift you’re giving to the administration. (I know that the “powers that be” can be a fickle bunch.)

  5. jillmiller387 March 5, 2021 at 3:39 pm #

    Such a great outlook to change! Whatever decision is made, you know that you will enjoy the outcome. That’s half the battle!

  6. Lisa Corbett March 5, 2021 at 4:19 pm #

    I can relate! Every year I vacillate between staying put and asking for a grade change. Some years I want to move up to older students and some years I want to move down and some years I write, “I’ll be happy wherever you put me.” which is true. About this time of year I have my students right where I like them and I question why I would ever want to move! In the end I am like you – I know my administrators will make the decisions that are best for the whole school and that may or may not be what I want (although I am not 100% sure what I want!) But I haven’t moved in a long time so I think I should ask simply because of that. So many decisions!

  7. Kristy L March 5, 2021 at 4:57 pm #

    Oh my gosh, that would be such a hard choice! I love the idea of a Humanities class. My students enjoyed when we used literature to put history into perspective. We discussed as a class a combo English/history class and they were like “that’d be so cool”. I hope you get your choice–whatever that might be! 😉

  8. writingandlaughing March 5, 2021 at 6:46 pm #

    Trust is such an incredible OLW this year. I am impressed with the amount of trust that it takes to be able to step back and know that what needs to be done will be done. I hope it all works out the way it should!

  9. britt March 5, 2021 at 7:34 pm #

    Wow, humanities does sound like a dream! My husband and I teach at the same school; I teach English, he teaches SS. We often talk about how much fun it would be to mesh the two. How fun – your love for teaching each is evident, and I love your positive outlook on whatever happens!

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