A typical day at work involves getting and keeping students engaged from start to finish of 50 minute classes. Classes are conducted workshop style with teaching, learning, interacting, review, and follow-up assignments. The end of my days are more engaging with advising, mentoring, updating students of progress, managing student behaviors, etc. Many times students flood my classroom so much after school, their quest for attention sometimes prevents my grading time.
I've learned to be flexible, not self condemning for matters out of my control, to manage rather than control, to adjust to various personalities, to be multitasked, and adapt to students various learning styles, to be consistent in attitude and create positive environments that students may otherwise not have. To upgrade myself for student improvement and to try new strategies to challenge students.
Having some coursework in educational leadership from Concordia University, I've come to understand the demands of managing staff, however, I've noticed some camaraderie of nepotism and associations that needed to be a little more exponential. And it needed to be encouraged and initiated. There was some degree of mismanagement that I could tolerate, while the personal discrimination crossed over the professional relationship boundaries, which made things somewhat intolerable. I believe in being professional at all times as it relates to relationship with management.
Co-workers were very hardworking and many were support systems for some. People tend to take pride in their work and really loved the kids. Some merged their efforts to help students improve and usually went above and beyond the call of duty.
The hardest part of the job was not experiencing the level of support needed in lieu of the demands that were not necessarily by choice.
The easiest part of the job was teaching my passion, valuing and catering to my students on various levels, and in some cases, feeling fulfilled by lives touched.