“Tell us who you are, what makes you you.” This has always made me uncomfortable because I feel like the answers always have to be geared towards who is asking the question or whoever is my audience. Or maybe I don’t particularly enjoy this task because I myself am unsure. Heck, it wasn’t until college that I figured out I was an extrovert. (Thanks Meyer’s Briggs.) I feel like at times I have this idea of who I want to be, and because I haven’t fulfilled some outlandish requirement I can’t add a particular classification to my list of identifications. Or that by labeling myself a particular attribute means I have to be that way ALL the time and therefore I try not to claim it. That being said, this is what I do know:
I love the outdoors and being outside, but I also enjoy binge-watching Food Network and HGTV in the middle of the day. As stated previous, I’m an extrovert and therefore I love being around friends, but I hate running into acquaintances from high school (something about small talk…) I’m a collector of all things, yet I want to live minimally (which is hard for an artist/teacher). I try to be up-to-date on current events, but I hate the news. I adapt well to change, in fact I welcome it, but definitely seek comfort and stability. I’d consider myself goal-oriented, but can find therapy in appreciating process. I try not be a procrastinator (but I am, don’t tell my teachers), but I work well under pressure. I’m a photographer. I’m a big sister. I think too much. I’m empathetic. Driven. Adaptable.
Those last three attributes are the ones I want to take into the classroom with me: Empathy. Drive. Adaptability. In other words, I want to be receptive to the needs of my students. I’m determined to meet those needs and I want to be able to change how I teach to meet those needs.
In the last year alone I have changed more than in the previous 21 years. Who I am is changing constantly, and like I said previous, I welcome change. I’m interested to see the person I’m going to be in 10 years, reflecting on the person I am now. I’m interested to see what kind of teacher I am going to be even after one year. But for now I know, that as a teacher who I am depends on who my students need. That may even change from day to day. If that’s the case, I’m going to be open and willing to make those adjustments.