- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
I’ve posted a little about this before. I’m teaching in a field that is not my field, and in a more challenging position. I started out studying just as hard as my students because I had to reteach the entire subject to myself. I didn’t have a strong base in teaching, and I was honestly terrified and second guessing every single thing I did. I wasn’t confident at all. I’ve grown in the position over the past year and a half, but since it’s still not my field, and I’m surrounded by those in the field, I still never thought I was doing a good enough job as compared to everyone else. I did my best, and tried to leave it at that.
I’ve thought about not doing this position anymore, to go to a position in my research field. I’ve applied to a really great sounding teaching position. I like teaching – it was just so frustrating never being able to teach what I’m really passionate about AND teaching a class that 75% of the student body is required to take, and therefore usually doesn’t even care about. I’m still waiting on feedback from my application.
This morning though, I received an invite to an awards social, because I was nominated as an honored instructor. I know that doesn’t reall mean anything to anyone else, but it has made the past semester totally worth it, and I’m really surprised that I was even considered. I may or may not be a little emotional, lol, and I just wanted to share with someone how excited and how, well, honored I feel that one of my students nominated me. It meant a lot to me that I’m reaching at least some of my students and making the class more enjoyable, because I wasn’t sure that I was.
Who else has had a surprisingly happy thing happen recently – one of those little things that make a struggle worth it?