Some character in the play Othello said, “Be as your fancies teach you…”, which I think is pretty sound advice. My fancies have taught me many things. They have taught me to be sarcastic in moderation; exhibit kindness even when people think it is a sign of weakness; fight for the underdog; fiercely protect those I love; and, stick with it when the going gets tough.
I expect year seven of teaching will be a tough one. According to psychologists, “the seven-year itch” refers to a declined interest/happiness in your marriage during year seven. Why year seven? I do not know. Psychologists did not feel the need to explain themselves as to why they selected year seven as the itchy one. Anyway, since my job feels like a marriage in many ways, I am wondering if I will experience this seven-year itch phenomenon.
Towards the end of every school year I question my choice of profession. Actually, that is a lie. Every November and May I question my choice of profession. Obviously, I fight past said questioning, otherwise I would not be going into my seventh year of teaching. Throughout the course of this year, I plan on writing about the following: funny things my students say, frustrations I experience, and my overall fight against the seven-year itch.
I hope you’ll join me down this path of madness and itchiness. School resumes August 11th, my friends. Until then… 🙂