First of all, you are probably wondering why I gave my blog the title I did. Well it so happens that my surname is Sommer which is actually the German spelling of the season summer. Since my ancestors came from Germany, that makes sense. I live in a country where there are four seasons; summer, winter, spring and fall. It does not matter which season it is. My surname never changes, thus the name, Its Sommer Season all year. I thought that was quite creative.
Your next question is likely, “Who am I?” I have been teaching high school for past 35 years and I have just retired from teaching this June. Now, some have told me that I must have been crazy to teach school as long as I did, while others look at me with admiration and say, “I could never be a teacher”. Nonetheless, I very much enjoyed my teaching career minus the occasional irate parent or difficult child. I recently ran into my grade five and six teachers at a funeral of a friend. During my chat with my grade five teacher, I mentioned that I was retiring this year. She said some very wise words to me that day. She said something to the nature of “it is so important to leave teaching while you still enjoy it”. I can honestly say that that holds true for me. I very much enjoyed my last year of teaching. Really, when you think about it, if you left your chosen career hating what you are doing, you would probably become a bitter, old person. I certainly have no desire to be one of those people, although sometimes my family accuses me of being so.
Since a person has to have something to do in retirement I figured that blogging would be a great thing to do. I love to read. I love to write. I love to hear other people’s stories, thoughts, opinions and adventures, so I thought to myself, “Maybe people would like to hear mine”. Furthermore, I see it as just another way to continue teaching. I can teach other people lessons in the hopes that they will learn from my mistakes, adventures and experiences.
Furthermore, thanks to a colleague of mine, I have been using a blog as one of my teaching tools for past six years and very much enjoyed the experience. I will eternally be grateful to him for pushing me to try new things. I am so glad I listened to him. So why not continue the blogging tradition?
So what might you read about in this blog? Well, just about anything. I will share some of my thoughts, beliefs, opinions, personal adventures and stories, or whatever I may feel like writing about that day. You may not agree with everything I have to say, but that is okay. My students certainly didn’t always agree with me in class, but that did not stop me from giving my opinions.
I hope you enjoy my babblings. I hope you learn something from my ramblings. Talk to you soon,