Here’s a view into my first years of teaching, 20 years ago:
From 1993-1997, I was hired by Guilford County Schools and Davidson County Schools to teach Spanish Enrichment and ESL (English as a Second Language) as an itinerant program at the elementary school level.
However, there was no established curriculum – only a list of goals & objectives.
At the first school, I was literally given a key to a vacant room in the basement, a child’s desk to sit at, a bag of multicolored plastic chain links, and access to a copier.
Starting from scratch, I designed curriculum and materials for the schools that I worked in.
Four years later, I left behind an office full of materials and a binder of curriculum for the next teachers to successfully use.
This experience allowed me to teach in 80 different classrooms, work with 80 different teachers, and educate 1500 students.