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Blog Challenge Part 8

Hello and happy Tuesday. I hope your week is off to a great start.

I’m picking up where I left off with my blog challenge

…and tackling topics 16 and 17.

16. Dream Job

I know teaching might not be a “dream” job to some…but it is what I always wanted to do. My mom was a middle school Language Arts teacher. I always “played” school with my Barbies. I remember helping my mom grade spelling tests and thinking I was so cool. I always had good English teachers, and really never thought twice about being anything besides a teacher. Also, it’s a wonderful profession for raising a family. I’m home with the kids on snow days, on breaks and in the summer. While I have definitely had some difficult years, I really do think this is what I was meant to do.

Obviously, my dream job would be to hit the lottery…and never work again…haha

That being said, if I really had to start over, I would love an at home editing type job. I think it would be fun to read and edit content written for publication. I always wished I could be an author. I guess this blog takes the place of that dream just a little bit. When my mom retired, she worked at the public library. I could definitely see myself doing that a couple days a week when I retire (in less than 10 years!)

That being said, if I didn’t have to work, and could just volunteer, I would spend my time in schools…probably elementary just to help out wherever needed. I’ve never been able to do that since I’ve spent over twenty years with high schoolers. I think it would be fun to help teachers whether it’s make copies, help with testing or reading groups, serve lunch, go on field trips, and more. I would also volunteer at the Humane Society and hang out with dogs all day. Is holding NICU babies still a thing? I would hold a baby all day long if I could.

What’s your dream job?

17. Favorite Childhood Book

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love reading. I’ve shared before that both of my parents were (and are) readers. That habit was modeled for me often and from a very young age.

I loved the Madeline book when I was little. I even had two dolls. I got the second one because the first one I carried around so much it was dirty…and I think was missing an eye.

See…I really loved my Madeline doll.

Other reading memories:

In elementary school, some of the first books I remember listening to my teachers read to the class were Island of the Blue Dolphins in the 3rd grade and Z for Zachariah in the 4th grade. Dear Mr. Henshaw is one of the first books I remember checking out from school library. I also loved Ramona and Amelia Bedelia books; they are perfect for young readers.

I loved the Babysitter Club series. Loved it. I remember buying the books whenever a new one was published.

In middle school, we read Where the Red Fern Grows in 7th grade and The Outsiders in 8th grade and enjoyed them so much.

In high school, my 9th grade English teacher assigned The Great Gatsby to read over winter break, and I didn’t enjoy it. Then, I read it again in college, and I absolutely loved it. (I also made note that when I became a teacher to never assign a book for students to read over a break) 😉

In college, one of my favorite classes was all about young adult books. Every week, we were assigned a book to read, and then we created lesson plans for the books. We read: The Outsiders, The Giver, Chocolate Wars, The Great Gatsby, The Call of the Wild and more.

My first year teaching, my 9th graders read To Kill a Mockingbird. I had never read it which is pretty surprising to me looking back since it’s such a classic (9th grade) book. I had to read it to prep for the unit, and I loved it. Freshman still read this book although many teachers have started using the graphic novel. Of course, I prefer the original, but I will say the graphic novel does do it justice and holds the kids’ attention.

Guess who is a “bad” English teacher and doesn’t love teaching Shakespeare? This girl! Also, I haven’t read a single Harry Potter book, but I distinctly remember the 2004-05 school year, and I had so many students who loved those books. Obviously, they are still popular, but so students who never loved reading really loved those books. Hayden has read the first few, and he really enjoyed them.

I’m very grateful that I have a love of reading. Whether I became an English teacher or not, I think I would still be an avid reader.

What was your favorite childhood book?

12 thoughts on “Blog Challenge Part 8

  1. I feel the same most days!
    Also, I always said I would go hold NICU babies and I wonder if they do let you do that now? They might think it was creepy if I called up and said I want to hold your babies, but I know how beneficial and needed it is. There were moms who had to stay home with other kids and couldn’t be there for their preemies very much.
    Love this post!

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    1. I remember going go see hadley and realizing some families lived too far away (or their baby was there for quite a while) to visit daily. I would love to do that. Thanks! I’ve been liking these topics and I kind of just write without thinking…just whatever pops in my mind.


  2. This was so fun to read. Guess what? My dream job is to be a teacher- maybe someday? Do you remember the book “Miss Nelson Is Missing” ? One of my faves growing up- my fave of all time was “Are You There God It’s Me Margaret” – so excited a movie is coming out! I also loved the Ramona Books and the Amelia Bedelia books and later on Judy Blume 🙂


  3. I used to play school too and wanted to be a teacher because I too thought that sounded like a great way to both work and be with my family. I have looked into working at our library a few times already but so far the hours of the jobs posted would not have worked with homeschooling but since I only have a couple of years left with that I have been looking at their jobs more closely.

    I had many, many favorite books as a child; I had a beautiful illustrated edition of Heidi that I read over and over again so many times I broke the binding. I also remember reading all the Babysitter’s Club books and Sweet Valley high books too. Since I was taking elementary education classes, I had one where the teacher started out by reading us 4 or 5 picture books each class (sometimes with a box of munchkins to pass around and share while she read) and I loved that she often showcased multiple works by the same author. I still vividly remember her reading Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse to us.

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  4. We loved many of the same childhood books. I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird, but will be seeing the play in April. And I’ve never read Harry Potter, although I’ve watched all the movies with the kids. Great topic!

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