Kelly Joyce

M.Ed. in Digital Learning and Leading

First class start date: November 2016

Anticipated Graduation date: May 2018

Teacher, Owen J. Roberts High School

Kelly Joyce

This is how I often feel as I juggle the multiple demands and switch hats several times a day. From the moment my alarm goes off at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m., I don’t stop moving until I crawl back into my comfy refuge, some 16 or 17 hours later. Up and at ’em.

I’m a Mom. What’s Your Superpower?

Yes, I birthed two amazing boys into this crazy world. You’re welcome. I often told myself that if I did nothing else with my life, I would have at least contributed what I consider to be two of the greatest humans to ever walk this planet. No small feat. But then the universe saw fit to bless me with three more young men who call me step-mom, and whom I’ve had the privilege to watch grow over the years. I have witnessed fights, silly games, tears, laughter, good grades, uncomfortable teacher conferences, cuts, games won, games lost — the never-ending saga that each human lives through every day, and which for some reason, mothers feel intensely about, even when it’s not their own. The roller coaster. And now four of the five have flown the nest, and I live vicariously through text messages, phone calls, Facebook stalking and visits, which always seem much too short. Is my role as a mother over? No, but it has morphed into something I’m not quite sure how to handle yet. I am trying to morph with it.

Those Who Know, Do. Those Who Understand, Teach.

Thank you, Aristotle, for those kind words. I am in my seventh year of teaching high school, although on the journey to arrive here, I nannied, taught in daycare, pre-school, Montessori school and middle school before I finally ended up in high school. This coincided with the time my own children were entering that stage. I evolved with my kids in a way. So the reason I get up at the insane hour of 5:30 a.m. is to go teach a bunch of teenagers how to speak French. Some years I get to teach Spanish too. They are so excited to learn at 7:30 a.m.! Yeah right. I prepare and teach four lessons each day to five different classes and four different levels of ability. I spend my days researching, creating, reevaluating, assessing, grading, presenting, facilitating, planning, emailing, fighting with the evil copiers and trying to squeeze in quick trips to the bathroom in the four minutes between classes. I stay late and then bring work home. I get up and do it all over again the next day. It is completely and utterly exhausting.

Glutton for Punishment?

So why take on more? Am I punishing myself for some deep-seated guilt or simply refusing to be happy in life? Why take on another master’s program when I already bled for my first one? I won that battle—earning an undergrad while being a single mom and working at Starbucks. Then I earned a master’s while feeding five boys and teaching full time. Been there, done that. More? Well, oddly, yes. And here’s why: I love to learn. Ultimately, I’m not satisfied with what I know and how I do things. I always think there must be a better way, or an easier way, or a way I haven’t thought of yet. I have an endlessly curious mind. So starting the Digital Learning and Leading program seemed a good fit. Online, succinct, short five-week classes, relevant information — all from my own home. The only way to make it better would be free tuition! Besides, I don’t know about you, but our schools are continually pushing more technology in the classroom and I don’t always know what that should look like. And ultimately, my students deserve to have the latest methods, best approaches and most informed teacher they can have.

Off the Deep End

The first class I took — I won’t lie — was a lot more work than I had anticipated in my silly little, French teacher mind. After all, I already use quite a bit of technology; I’m not a novice. I thought I would easily coast through with what I knew. “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” Truly how I felt. I’ll talk about the effects of this first course in another blog, but suffice it to say, I discovered (much to my delight) that I was wrong. Will adding this to my plate push me over the deep end? Let’s hope not. Stay tuned to find out…

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This blogger is paid by Lamar University solely for submitting this blog and is in no way coerced to provide specific blog points or opinions.

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