Monday, November 13, 2017

Learning Anew








walking at sunrise on the dyke

It's  complicated to "unretire". There are many forms to fill in to obtain certain benefits and to
renounce others. I didn't give up my teaching license and I am working at the same school in the same school district so my credentials and experience are still on file. One less paper to fill out!

School libraries have been "reinstated" in our province and our district director told me that we have 14 new teacher-librarians. Many of these newbies have no courses in Library Education. Their learning curve must be a lot steeper than mine because I started to work in libraries in 1981 (before they were born!!!) I have volunteered at the Oaxaca Lending Library since my retirement so I'm not really out of touch.

Technology has changed in the school in 6 years. I have a "white board" and can project from my computer to use educational websites and databases. I probably won't buy much in the way of nonfiction books as these become "outdated" and certainly are not the way of the future. Every teacher has been issued with a laptop and teacher iPhones are just part of the equipment.


cheery red and grey combination

I am a lot older than the rest of the staff. The next oldest is 52! I have developed a "back to school"
wardrobe. I am enjoying "dressing for school" and I have made several new purchases. I am especially enjoying a fleece lined dress by Chalet with a grey and red poppy infinity scarf that I bought in La Conner and a red Eileen Fisher tunic from my New York trip. Grey is a simple colour to accessorize and I like to wear a pair of low black  boots for comfort. I am wearing my fitbit and my steps are adding up. I still walk with my friend and with my brother on my days off.

Some days I wonder what I am doing! This is such an unexpected twist in the road. I hope to learn some new skills this year and perhaps to be an example of lifelong learning.

6 comments:

  1. This sounds like fun, especially the way you have structured a balance-- the best of both worlds.

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    1. There is definitely for a work/life balance at any age but at 65, it's critical.

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  2. I think it's wonderful, really, to have a choice like this. So far, it sounds as if you're enjoying being back, not finding the schedule onerous or the work itself tiring or boring or stressful. You're maintaining a balance with the rest of your life, sticking to a part-time schedule that suits. And you have the opportunity to spend time with a much younger demographic than you might otherwise bump into in retirement. You're adding new skills to your repertoire. Win-win-win. And once you weary of it, you're free to leave. Meanwhile, enjoy!

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    1. Right now, I'm not finding work onerous. I think, as the winter grey settles in, I might miss travel opportunities. But it is an adventure for a short time.

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  3. I think it's great what you are doing! At 62, I'm teaching part time and that's plenty. Last week I was called in to TOC in the mornings and by the end of the week, I was exhausted. Work-life balance is always important and especially so now. Your outfits look great - grey and red are a winning combination. The scarf is really lovely.

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  4. Teaching takes energy and enthusiasm so balance is essential. On returning to work, I really want to make a difference in the school.

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