I don’t know if everyone reading this realizes quite how nerdy I am. I’ve finished up my fourth year of teaching abroad and I’ve renewed my teaching license for the first time, so the whole process has me thinking about being a lifelong learner.
I read voraciously. I keep track on Goodreads.com. I know that I read about 70 books a year, plus books that I read for continuing education, plus books that I read for my classroom…and I wouldn’t even begin to count the number of newspaper articles and blog posts I read. I simply love to read and to know things.
It should come as no surprise that I REALLY like school. I mean, I’m a teacher so I must like school, right? But. I love being a student. Weird, I know. I don’t think I’m a great student who knows everything; I just generally get A’s because I like to read and I like doing most assignments. I also can’t stand being in a classroom where nobody is talking, so I usually participate in class too.
I have accepted the fact that I will be a lifelong learner who has student loan debt. I really try hard to avoid the debt and pay waaaaayyyy more than the government requires me to, but if you like learning as much as I do, you have to pay for it. So, while I’m still paying off my Bachelor’s, Master of Arts in Teaching, and Master of Education in International Education degrees…I’m already starting to think: What’s next?!
Here are some education goals I have for myself for the next several years:
- Get trained in PYP
- Finish my reading endorsement
- Become bilingual in Spanish
- Get the Bilingual Teaching Endorsement
- Get a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D)
Does anyone have any advice on good programs I can do over the summer or while teaching abroad? What about international schools that would pay for me to do these classes so I don’t have to add to my student loan debt?! Please comment below!