Way back when, long, long ago, I graduated from college and became a teacher. After teaching 5 years, I had a baby. I tried teaching AND mommying for a bit, but ended up becoming a stay-at-home for 12 years with my kids. After twelve years as a stay-at-home mom, there was a change in our family's situation. At that point, for a variety of reasons, I decided to go back to the classroom.
Once I landed the big job, boy was I in for a surprise. EVERYTHING had changed.
When I left, I was excited to use a color transparency and a dot matrix printer. When I returned, my old manila file folders that I had kept all of my “great activities” and “useful documents” were laughable. I HAD SO MUCH TO LEARN!
I had to ADAPT. It was necessary. TO SURVIVE!
What was my process?
- First—I panicked (I’d be lying if I didn’t include this—it happened)
- But then, I humbled myself, and began to ask questions.
- I prayed for God's help and asked other people for help.
- I tried new things.
- I made mistakes and experienced frustration.
But I didn’t give up!
- I pushed through the quitting points and made it to the other side.
And the things I am doing now in the classroom…are pretty cool.
Way better than the “back in the day” stuff :)
What’s the point in telling you all of this?
I'm just wondering if anyone out there might bestuck living out of a manila file folder when God wants to "wow" you with a new thing that seems a little "out-of-your-comfort-zone?"
If so, maybe this small story of my teaching experience will encourage you to ADAPT.
P.S. I'd love to hear about how you've had to ADAPT in some way.