You may remember that I recently posted about finishing grad school. After completing the final requirement of my program, I received my teaching permit on April 26th – this is a little slip of paper that is terribly unofficial-looking and yet somehow it gives me permission to be in charge of imparting information to children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade (and being a substitute-imparter-of-information-er for high schoolers, too!). On May 5th I had my first job as a substitute teacher, and on May 9th I started a long-term sub position (middle school math) that will last through the end of the school year.
Yeah, it seems a little crazy to me, too!
The first two weeks have gone well although we’ve had a few bumps along the way as the students and I get to know each other. We’ve had some chaos due to the bizarre block schedule my school is following to accommodate state testing, but all-in-all, it’s been fun, and (shh, don’t tell anyone…) I think the kids are learning things.
What does this have to do with knitting, you may be wondering? Well, it’s simple – during my student teaching, the art teacher hosted the school’s first knitting club, and I served as her assistant. Now that I am back at the school, knitting club is continuing! It’s been fun working with these kids and seeing the projects that they make. They enjoy trying to stump me with their questions and checking out my latest project. We have the opportunity to talk about whatever is on their minds, to laugh and smile and get to know each other while knitting. Developing this connection with some of my students outside of the academic classroom has been invaluable, and so I am so grateful for knitting!
Has your knitting ever helped you in unexpected ways?