Decision Time

Retirement is not the end of the road. It’s the beginning of an open highway.

After 31 years of teaching, I wasn’t quite ready to step away. Given the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, however, I decided to make the call and retire.

I didn’t seriously contemplate retirement until July 2020. I was still recovering after our three-month switch to online learning and ALL of that wonderful technology I was implementing with my Grade 5 students. It wasn’t easy but we did it and I think we did it quite well, considering the climate. I was having fun creating and tweaking assignments and activities to make them fit this alternative format. Some things worked and some didn’t but damn I got really creative with that Bitmoji stuff and Google classroom! Never mind the fact that I was working on things at all hours of the day and night.

However, after the relief and celebration that followed at the end of June, I found myself getting a bit derailed as I got caught up in Twitter and the uncertainty of the 2020/2021 school year. I was really concerned about my safety while teaching in a school. I had put in enough years to qualify for an unreduced pension – an important factor in being able to retire. I wondered how I could teach effectively amid a cloud of doubt and fear. Not to mention our provincial government’s insistence that we introduce a new math curriculum this year. I loved teaching math but this put me over the edge. I made the call.

So, here’s to the open road ahead – and no more commuting to work!