Salted Caramel Heath Crunch Cookies
As a teacher, I have learned a great deal over the course of three years. One of the most important lessons that I have experienced has been the power of listening. Lending an ear to a frustrated teenager who just had an argument with her best friend or a student who just found out that his mother has cancer has been crucial to the rapport I have with these adolescents. They genuinely care about me because I take the time to listen and give advice when necessary.
I really cannot see myself on any other career path. My boyfriend is an accountant and he enjoys sitting at a desk from nine to five. I give him a lot of credit because I would not be able to do that in a million years. While I do sit at a desk, collect data, do paperwork, and enter assessment into an online grade book, I have the privilege of being on my feet and moving around, interacting with students from all over the world, and connecting the stories we read and the essays we write to the world in which we live.
I can honesty say that all of my jobs throughout the years have been ones that rely heavily on communicating with others, problem solving, and creating new ideas and innovations. I’ve been lucky. These are the qualities on which I thrive.
Another wonderful thing about being a teacher is that I always have a story to tell about a student who really challenged me or a lovely note that was left for me at the end of a long week.
Now for a simile. Teaching is like eating a cookie. “Why?”, you might ask. Teaching has its sweet moments when a student gets the answer correct. Like teaching, chewing a cookie takes patience, but the end result, the flavor and time spent chewing, is rewarding. When a student solves a problem, delivers a speech, or aces his/her test, there is satisfaction because they were able to wait and enjoy the process. Once the cookie is gone, you may feel guilty for eating in the first place. Don’t. You deserved the cookie. Teaching produces guilt, too. Did I do enough to prepare these students? Could I have stayed after school to plan more? Why is this student not “getting it”?
You did enough today. There were sweet moments and moments that tested your patience. You did your best. Tomorrow is a new day.
Now, let’s talk about these cookies! Salted Caramel Heath Crunch Cookies <3 They’re amazingly soft and sweet. They are the perfect treat after a long day of work whether you are a teacher, a student, an accountant, or a full-time blogger (totally jealous if you are).