Here is this month’s question: What’s the best job you’ve ever had?I would have to say that my favorite job was actually through a work-study program at my university. It was called America Reads and we tutored first graders in reading for an hour after school on Mondays-Thursdays. I enjoyed it because I love helping kids learn. I love it when they get that “ah-hah” look on their faces and knowing that I was able to help them reach that goal. Reading is especially fun because there are so many activities I can do with them to learn letters and sounds. America Reads was also fun because we were able to work together one-on-one which is how I like to teach; that or small groups. This is the reason I quickly burnt out when I taught kindergarten, because I had fifteen students and only had help for about an hour a day. With all of my students at different levels, it was impossible for me to help all of them and that made me sad. So, being able to focus on one student per semester was a great experience.
I thought I would also include my second favorite “job”, which I would love to do for a living, but I don’t think there’s enough of a demand for it in my area. In recent years, I have had a few opportunities to dog-sit for two different couples in my church. I would go to their homes after I got off work, feed the dogs and other various chores, and stay the night. I have stayed from three nights all the way to two weeks and it is kind of fun to pretend I live somewhere else, although I did get a bit homesick during that two week period. I have enjoyed some pleasant babysitting experiences over the years as well.
|One of the dogs I cared for, Slink, who has since passed away :(|