As we near the end of the school year, I find myself filled with conflicting emotions; exhaustion from hours of marking and tutorials, relief that I have, for the most part, guided my students towards the successful completion of their class, and finally, joyful anticipation of the summer months ahead.
My students also seem to be experiencing a range of emotions. The grade 12s are feeling anxious about final exams and post-secondary acceptance, nostalgic about their five years of high school coming to a close, and excited about the new experiences and challenges that lay ahead. However, many of my younger students are most definitely less ambivilent, unequivocally overjoyed to be transitioning into summer vacation. Even those who may have summer school in their future, have resigned themselves to four weeks of study before their "freedom" begins.
For myself, professionally, it has been a year of new opportunities and challenges. But just like my students, I am ready for a rest. I have, however, made the decision to participate in an exciting summer Pro D opportunity, collaborating with Apple Canada, along with several of my colleagues, to create courses for iTunes University. When I initially heard of the opportunity, I was immediately intrigued. The chance to partner with Apple Canada provides a unique learning experience for me. So you can imagine my surprise when I shared my excitement with my family. Their response was along the lines of,
"So, you are going to work. For free. In the summer?!"
I suppose to some individuals who do not work within the teaching profession, this may be a foreign concept, but I would argue that many teachers are inherently curious, and generally seek out learning opportunities wherever, and whenever they may be. For me, the rewards far outweigh the sacrifices. And don't worry, when the learning is done, there is a hammock with my name on it, beside a tranquil lake, on Texada Island.
Have a wonderful summer!
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