I generally don't share much life stuff on my blog because I basically want to stay on topic. I have recently, however, started something that may have an effect here and wanted to share what's going on behind the scenes.
I've told everyone before that I'm a retired engineer…not retired in the traditional sense but in the I-looked-at-my-401K-one-day and said "I'm good". And we all know what happened there recently. While I am confident that times will get better, I'm also very practical.
As we face what will be about 13 years of combined high school and college tuition, I need to contribute. The easy answer is to hop back on the engineer bus but there are plenty of engineers with manufacturing experience already looking for jobs. And, for reasons I can't even begin to explain here, I just can't do the whole office environment thing again.
I have looked at teaching a few times before and ruled it out because it would take too much time and money to start over again. And, not to sound like a smart ass, but I already knew everything I needed to know to teach math or science. I looked into it again recently and found that the state of Missouri has approved a program to get more qualified teachers into secondary classrooms. Briefly, the program allows anyone with a college degree to earn a teaching certificate in a "needed" subject area. I registered last week to begin the program to become certified to teach math. Deep breath…are you still with me?
The program is pretty rigorous and, not being the most patient person, I plan to knock out the math test in the next two months. What does this mean blog-wise? I still plan to create and post, still plan to read blogs and share, still plan to read (and love) comments. The only thing that may drop off is replying to comments and blog projects (that I recently promised to start…ack). I'm also the kind of person that gets more done the more I have to do so, who knows, there may be an increase in activity here. But, just in case things get quiet, I wanted to let everyone know the reason.
Me as a math teacher. What do you think? While my dream would be to teach Calculus to a well-behaved group of high school seniors, I know that not everything turns out like you plan…but I'm optimistic.