In January of 2016, I made the decision to quit teaching. Yes, I’ve been using the euphemisms, “take a step back,” and “take a break,” but really, I quit. I stopped. Maybe I’ll go back someday. It might even be sometime soon. However, in the meantime, I’m not doing it. So that means I quit.
I quit for a myriad of reasons, which I’ll probably go into in a future post. For now, all you need to know is that I put my heart and soul into teaching English as a Second Language to adults for a long time – about 13 years – but at the moment, I need my heart and soul for other things.
What I didn’t realize was how much creative energy and enthusiasm I would have once I quit teaching. Although now that I think about it, it makes perfect sense. Teaching is a creative endeavor, and executing those creative lesson plans takes an enormous amount of energy. So even though I’ve still been working full-time since I quit teaching, my creative juices have had a chance to flow in new directions. Well, somewhat new.
For years I’ve been meaning to write a blog, but I had no idea what to write about. ESL is my passion and my area of expertise, so it seemed the obvious choice, but when I got home at the end of the day, any energy I had left for it would go into the marking and planning I’d brought home with me. I couldn’t even conceive of then sitting down and writing a blog about it. But now . . . now I have the time and energy in the evenings to put towards a blog, and from time to time I might even blog about ESL.
Right now all I know is that I want to blog and for the first time I have the energy and enthusiasm to put towards it. And so, I begin.