I almost never fill out the “All About Me” sections on profiles. If you were to look me up on Twitter or Facebook you would see that I really haven’t written much actually about me. I guess it is because every time I try to write about myself I feel stuck. On one hand, I’m so average it feels like there is nothing to say worthy of writing down and yet somehow there also seems like there is way too much to say. How could I possibly express why I think what I think and believe what I believe if my reader doesn’t know all about my history? In the end I usually decide to write very little or nothing at all and go on to living my life instead of commenting on it.
This whole thing hasn’t been much of an issue before. I mean, not having your life story on Facebook is hardly an important problem so it was easy to avoid. Easy to avoid until I got this bright idea to start a personal teacher blog. See as I was thinking about the first few days of school I thought up this whole activity around getting my students to write a draft for a blog all about them. This seemed like a great idea, it’s a real thing because bloggers often write a page about themselves AND it was a great way to get to know them. Except I forgot that I would need to do one too. So, here it goes. After some planning I think I can tell you a bit about myself and possibly be somewhat interesting at the same time.
As you might be able to tell from my first two paragraphs I’m a bit of a thinker. I’ve always been like this. It can be a great thing but it can also be an awful thing. I have lots of deep interests. I am passionate about social justice, have lots of opinions and believe that we all have a duty to make the world a better place than what we came into. I love to learn about the human brain and what makes each person unique. I like to be aware of youth culture and current events. I spend a lot of time thinking about the world’s issues and sometimes it can make me feel overwhelmed but mostly it fills me with a sense of purpose. I need to educate my students and children so they can find a way to make it better.
It is my firm belief that education is the key to helping to solve many of the world’s problems and my interest in youth and youth culture that brought me to teaching. My mother tells stories of me playing school and always being the teacher and I do remember frequently taking on teaching roles as I grew up. I changed my mind a few times on the way to my current role as a teacher but I always came back to it and I think it is likely one of most perfect jobs for me.
Another area of my life I care passionately about is my family. I have a young family, my daughter just went into Grade 1 this year and my son is 2 and a half. I always wanted a strong marriage and family. Its very hard work and somedays it can be a lot to juggle with a demanding job like teaching but it is very fulfilling. I am very grateful I live here in Canada where I can have this privileged life. I try really hard to find a good balance between work and home but I still find it hard.
I guess my young family and career are big reasons why I don’t currently have too many hobbies. I use a lot of technology and find it interesting so I try to keep aware of new advances but since I also like the outdoors and try to get my family out and hiking or spending time at my camp when we can. Before we had our children, I was learning to skydive. It was great fun and I’m glad I tried it. Perhaps someday I will do it again but I think I would also like to get my pilot licence, or maybe learn to rock climb, or maybe I could learn to play the bass guitar or drums! There are so many things out there that seem like they would be fun to explore!
And so, that is a start to me. I can think of much more to talk about but I’m sure there will be lots of time to touch on that in future posts! Feel free to ask more about anything I talked about or maybe something I didn’t in the comments below!
Ms. K. Baker