Whether we knew it at the start or figured it out on the job, each of us has chosen a profession where one-size-fits-all just never applies. And that is something to celebrate.
We may serve younger students, older students, diverse communities, homogenous communities. We teach children not only to read, but to read critically. We use fiction and nonfiction to teach children about the world outside their community, environmental awareness, cultural awareness, and a sense of place. We use banned books to teach about freedom to read and by extension how a democracy works. We are experts in individualized instruction. In some schools we serve as caretaker in the intellectual and social heart of the school, in others we morph into the go-to tech person with or without the technology integration specialist title. We take on open schedules, fixed schedules, even dedicated course teaching loads. Ample funding, shoestring funding, with support staff, without support staff--we have seen and survived it all.