Dear Teacher in the Prime of Your Career25 May 2016
Dear Teacher in the Prime of Your Career,
Well, you are finally here, that sweet spot in this journey we call teaching. You have made it through those tumultuous first few years (that you didn't even know were tumultuous until you were through them) and have landed in this place where everything is just....easier. Not to say that it is easy by any means, but now you are able to cope better with what is being thrown at you. Your confidence in your abilities has grown, enabling you to take everything in stride, knowing that whatever you do, children will benefit and grow.
When you walk into your classroom each morning, it feels like your second home. You have spent so much time there, that everything is just comfortable. To make things so comfortable, you have carefully curated it over years and years of begging, borrowing, and buying. While the buying in bulk may have slowed down, you are still always on the lookout for a deal and love when Scholastic has their books on sale for $1. You know all of the stores that give teacher discounts and aren't afraid to ask if you aren't sure. You frequent the Dollar Spot at Target and are an expert at repurposing. All of this has helped you create a space you want to be in for years of your life.
You have seen this profession change more times than you can count, but you also know that with each change comes a chance to try something new and expand your bag of tricks. You scour blogs and try new things in your room constantly. You look at trends and take what you know will work, try out things that you aren't sure about, and leave the ideas that are really just a flash in the pan. But even with all of the experimentation and risk-taking, you still have some great tried and true lessons that you know will be a hit with any and all classes. You keep those at your disposal and are able to adapt them to the ever-changing needs of your students. Your experience serves you well.
Who is also in her Prime
Click on any of the links below to visit the blog post about each of these other teachers. Chance are you'll be in one of these shoes sooner than you realize!
An Open Letter to a New Teacher
An Open Letter to the Teacher in the Prime of her Career
An Open Letter to a Teacher in a Rut
An Open Letter to a Teacher Toward the End
Open Letter to the Retired Teacher