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Making a Choice

Published on 2/19/2016
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A year ago at this time of year I took a leap of faith.  Things were slow in my business so I decided to do something that I had always beeen interested in, but never really pursued.  I began to substitue in a urban school system.  Looking back it was a great decision.

When I first started I knew that I wanted to teach most days, but subing gave me the flexibility to skip some days if I had something to do.  My criteria was primarily to teach no matter what the age or type of class.  I just wanted to give back to my area and felt that I had something to offer.  Financial was not my motivation.  Just wanting to give back in some small way for the blessings I had received in my career was my primary motivie.

When I first signed up I did not limit my schools.  I did not limit my type of classes.  One of my first assignments was teaching a Kindergarten class.  Was that ever a big wake up call.  Thought as a result of my career I was able to handle almost any type of situation.  Well I learned something that day.  Five year olds can be a big challenge.  There were many times that I wanted to walk out of the room, but I stayed the whole day.  It was a real lesson in patience and tolerance.

Another thing I learned as a result of not knowing the class identifications that I enjoyed teaching classes with children with learning disabilites and anger issues.  My narrow mind would not normally have done this and would have been far out of my comfort zone.  Today it is one of the classes I enjoy the most and other adults in the class have told me I have a gift with the kids.  Learned somethig I never new about myself.

My challenge for you is to get involved as well.  Takes a little time, but can have great impact in the life of a child.  Volunteer to read or tutor a child.  Come in and give a talk on what you have done in your life.  We all have a lot to offer, but we need to make the choice.

Have a great weekend.  

 

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