I’ve decided to get my teaching certificate reinstated. You knew I was once a teacher, right? Back in the day I was the master of a classroom full of youngsters with disabilities, ranging from the not-too-bright to the profoundly impaired. I gave it all up to be the master of the home and run my own children’s lives. I intended with sincere intentions to keep my certificate current so I could jump back into the fray should the mood ever strike me, but of course I let it lapse, lo those many years ago. Every 18 months or so, I decide to jump through the hoops to get it back. But of course I never have.
Several questions must be answered.
1. Even if I successfully navigated the hoop-jumping exercises, could I really get a teaching job? I mean, it has been a looong time, and ed budgets are down and teachers get laid off and so on. Well, I specialized in the education of kids with severe and profound disabilities, and friends, that is not a popular job. I might very well be able to secure one of those jobs in spite of my advanced age and years out of the biz. And in any case, I could almost certainly work as a substitute.
2. Why in god’s name would anyone want to work as a substitute teacher? Isn’t that the 12th circle of hell or something? I don’t have a good answer for this, except that it might nicely supplement my writing and editing work, since the quantity and availability of that work is highly inconsistent, and I like earning money.
3. Would I be a good teacher? Well, I wasn’t a bad teacher before, but I was terribly young. I would be a much better teacher now, I believe, because raising your own kids is a mega-educational experience. There are things I now understand about kids, parents, and families that totally eluded me back when I was a hotshot with a fresh master’s degree. They would be lucky to get me, check.
4. What’s the next step? I have to earn some credits, which means signing up to take something or other at some college somewhere. That could even be fun, so I don’t know why I’m dragging my feet about it.
And if I take classes in marketing, it will benefit my freelance business as well as pull in credits towards re-certification. Win. Spring quarter starts in April, I believe.