Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Oh the Places You'll Go

I'm not writing about Dr. Seuss, and I'm not too sure why that title popped into my mind, but I think there are some connections, albeit loose, to what I'm writing about today.  (I think that sentence may be extremely convoluted- sorry!)

With going back to graduate school, I've been thinking a lot about my future.  Sounds daunting doesn't it?  And the reality is, it's incredibly daunting.  I'm so very excited about the possibilities that will come with having my master's degree, but I'm trying to figure out what I'll be doing while in graduate school.  My husband is currently pursuing his Ph.D., and in case you haven't noticed, students don't make much money (read: barely any if any at all).  Thankfully he has an assistantship and a side job at a bike shop, but we still rely on my paycheck.  Now, I'm not rolling in the big bucks, but I do make enough to pay our rent and bills, so it's pretty important to us.  Since I won't be teaching next year finances have become a concern, and I have really started to think about what I am going to do.

I'm hoping that I get an assistantship as well, but I have another idea that I'm considering pursuing in addition to an assistantship or part-time job.  I've been thinking about trying to write my own reading curriculum.  I love reading- it's my favorite subject to teach and to learn- and I love planning.  So why not combine the two right??

Here are my concerns:
- writer's block.  I mean, come on, so far I can't even maintain a blog for more than a few months.  It's going to take a lot of creativity to do something like this.

- marketing.  If I'm able to create this curriculum or reading units, how do I get people to buy it?!  I don't want to put in hours of work for something that will go no where.  Who do I market and gear it towards?  Do I focus on private schools, public schools, or homeschool?

- money: How do I financially create curriculum?  How much will it cost to create the units, and then how do I know what I will recoup?  How much do I charge?

- strategy: Who do I gear these reading units towards?  Should I just focus on elementary?  Should I do middle school and high school too?  Should I incorporate state standards, and if so which state- Indiana or Texas?  Or should I just do national standards?

And there are so many other things to consider.  I'd love to know your thoughts.  I really do think it'd be fun to pursue this, but I don't want to do it if I can't do it well.


  1. I love you. I hope you become the Secretary of Education and take over the world!

    I say start with where you've been teaching the past few upper Elementary. Then you can always extend. I say write it first then incorporate state standards for either or both.

  2. Thanks Carrie! I think that sounds good.

    And I hope that your first thought happens. Ruler of the World!! :)