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I told my dad that I am taking more grad school classes this spring. I plan to get my ESL (for sure) and special ed (maybe) endorsements in addition to reading and elementary teaching licenses.
"I wondered if you were going to start a doctorate program," said my dad.
It's not that I mind taking classes to improve my teaching. I don't. I just don't think a doctorate is what I need. I'm come to the realization that teaching reading in elementary school is right where I want to be. To better serve my students, an ESL endorsement is key (many districts agree). Special education courses will help to become more responsive to students' needs.
Right now I want to focus on what I can do to make a difference for my students. One grad school class at a time hopefully won't take away from my family and fun time. I do wish a class would require little less time on the computer (oh, my neck!), but I have to be smart about stretching!
I have lots of room to grow as a learner, teacher and colleague. I have lots of skills and strategies I can share. Right now, that's what I'll focus on.