A good place to work. Opportunities available to pursue. Hundreds of hard working, exceptional individuals. Strong athletic, music programs.
Pros: i was regarded as someone who could respond to change with success.
Cons: it was sometimes difficult to adjust quickly to the whims of a principal.
The day began at 8 A.M. and ended at 2:30 P.M. or there abouts. I taught six classes a day...Home Economics; Cooking, Sewing.
As the years passed, so did the schedule. The day schedule changed to the BLOCK. I taught 5 classes, odd/even alternating by day, 85 minutes each with one session off each day. I learned to adjust, think on my feet, create class content from scratch., stay involved with campus activities. I learned that the best way to manage a classroom...for me..was to keep the students busy doing useful and relavant activities. While I was omnificent in my classroom..due to the fact that I was usually the only one teaching in my area, I found other teachers often needed a bit of help. I observed that a few teachers had little class control or ability to teach, but relied on 'other' activities or pursuits to advance their careers. Other co-workers were delightful, willing to share experiences, time, equipment and expertise. The hardest , but most rewarding part of my teaching experience was creating something from nothing. Several times I was asked to prepare and teach in an area where I had little or no personal experience. Mentors, research, observation, common sence, and "guts ', made the difference.
Many students passed my way. I trust I damaged none!