Friday, September 14, 2012

Back to School

    This week I started tutoring from home. I've been in all kinds of denial about summer coming to an end, as I usually am, but starting this new endeavor made it all the more apparent that a new season is almost at our door step. After I quit my teaching job, I had to come up with some creative ways to make a living. This is the most recent job I will be adding to a list of odd ones a surfer must have to stay afloat.   
     To accommodate my new student, Scott built this table and I added the supplies we needed. In my old classroom, one of the women I worked with had been teaching for quite some time and was very specific about how the classroom would be set up and how it would be filled. In a lot of ways, I understood. If I had been teaching for 30 years, I know I'd have some routines and habits I wouldn't be willing to give up, so I tried to let her do her thing. It was hard though, because during the years leading up to my debut as a classroom teacher, I thought about what I would do when I had my own classroom everyday. I had collected a number of things I had hoped to use. Most of these things ended up staying in a box in my garage. Not any more. 

Not any more!

     Since the weather is warm for a good portion of the year in San Diego, I thought there was no better place for this work area than outside under an overhang. I love natural environments the most and feel happy to include mother nature in my new teaching team.

I missed teaching so much. Now I'm reopening that chapter on my terms.

p.s. thank you all for your sweet and supportive comments about my published article!

12 comments:

  1. Looks wonderful. With my goal of homeschooling my kids someday, teaching outside is one of the things I look forward to the most :)

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  2. What a fun and perfect set up! I'm sure your students will absolutely LOVE it. My mom home schooled my sisters and I for six years when we lived in Puerto Rico and she would always find fun a creative settings like this for us. Such good memories!

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  3. What an amazing idea! You are so creative and I know you will flourish with your new students :)

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  4. That is a great idea! It is always fantastic to be doing something you love!

    =)


    Brooke

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    Awesome!!!!

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  6. This is going to be an amazing place to tutor at!! I would just want to be there all the time it's so perfect.

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  7. How perfect! The kids will love learning with you. I don't think I knew you were a teacher before...and your husband is a teacher too?? No wonder I like you. :)

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  8. that is ADORABLE. scott is handy and that's one cute table. love the jars of colored pencils and things too.

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  9. I love that Scott is so handy. He has built so many wonderful things for your home! The tutoring set-up looks amazing. Very vibrant and kid-friendly!

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  10. That looks awesome! I'm sure the kiddos will appreciate being outside in the colorful garden. Good luck the with the new school year, keep up posted!

    Eau de Violet

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  11. That is the PERFECT study area. Best of luck on your new adventure!

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  12. just came across your cute blog, love your lifestyle!
    www.pillowthought.com

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