Feb 21, 2014

The best thing about the title of this blog

I created the title of this blog based on my own experiences as a mom.
Motherhood is hard, yet is FULL of moments of irrepressible joy and absurd "Circus" moments as well.  When I started this blog I was working in the private sector for a Christian non-profit, working primarily with Pregnant and Parenting teens.  Though I rarely wrote about this topic, I often experienced the joy and circus there as well.

God has called me to another journey, another path.   I just turned in my application for the credential program to become a High School English teacher 2 days ago.

As I prepare for this shift in my lifestyle, I am learning how much I don't know about the public school system (as a product of public schools and a parent of kids in public school, this never ceases to amaze me), I am also becoming increasingly excited about this new chapter in my life.

I can't wait to have the opportunity to share my love for learning and writing and reading with my future students.  (I just heard at least a dozen "well, bless her heart" - I know teaching isn't all sunshine and roses, but I also know that very few things have squelched my passion for life, for learning, for teaching and for "lovin' on" teens, I don't expect that this will change)

I realized today that the name of my blog can also describe being a teacher.  So, in honor of my new career choice, and the continuation of the Circus in my own home, I plan to share some of my favorite teaching quotes in this place in the weeks, months, and hopefully, years to come.

As I learn more, and have the opportunity to observe other, more experienced teachers, I am slowly constructing my teaching ideology or critical pedagogy.   I hope to share those ideas with you and to invite you to laugh at and alongside me as I discover more and develop more as a teacher and as a student (we're looking at a year of full time college... 15 years after I graduated from college... yikes.) 

These quotes will undoubtedly find themselves stapled to my future classroom walls.


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  1. Great quotes and good luck on your new endeavor! I work in a school, but not in the classroom. It really takes a special kind of person to be able to reach High School students in the classroom these days. :)

  2. AJ,

    Congrats on this new job as a teacher! When do you start?

    Jennifer Dougan

  3. I am just starting the Credential program in the fall, it will be a full year before I am trained enough to become a fully credentialed teacher. Lord willing, I will start as a teacher in Fall of next year. :)

  4. Thank you! I am really excited, and hope I am that special of a person!


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