Sunday, January 4, 2015

my teaching journey continues...

Long time, no see!

It's been a lovely break, I must admit, from posting about clothing, or vacationing, or rearranging furniture, or tackling school work, etc.  But I do miss the writing, reflecting, and over-sharing that blogging encourages.  I probably make up for it by over-instagramming, but c'est la vie!  That's the way I like it! :)

It just seemed like a real shame if I chose to omit this next part of my teaching journey from my blog.  After all, I did start my first blog (Unpretentious Teacher) with the purpose of sharing my educational path to becoming a teacher.  Now, here I am (4 years later) at the end of that journey, ready to begin my 12 weeks of student teaching...TOMORROW!  I've reached the pinnacle of this whole adventure!  This is where things get crazy and fun and sleepless and challenging!  This is where I probably won't have time to blog, but will try to anyway.  Because, why not?

Let's get caught up on what I'm getting myself into, okay?

  • I'm in a first grade classroom!  This is truly awesome.  I'm an early childhood grad, so I sort of have a soft spot for the little learners.  Plus, the funny things they say are pretty much the key to happiness.
  • I met with my Clinical Supervisor for coffee, over the break.  When she first saw me, she said, "Oh my gosh, the kids are going to love you!  They're going to think you're Elsa from Frozen!" That was awfully nice.  I mean, I could be Elsa's mother, but hey!  I'll take a compliment. :)  Her email has the word "sweet" before her name and it's because it's true (even though she says it isn't).  She's a retired teacher/lawyer - super smart.  She'll tell it like it is, which is super refreshing for me.  She gave me ideas for my Teacher Work Sample and then sent me PowerPoints which she created, to use for creating my lesson plans.  Sweet, right?  
  • My Host Teacher is also a sweetheart.  I visited her classroom and got the grand tour, while the students were at PE.  I haven't met them yet, but they know I'm coming!  I wrote a letter to their parents and it will be sent home with the kids on Monday.  Woot woot!  The teacher also gave me the Math curriculum book to take home over the break, for some light reading.  Honestly, I looked at a couple of pages.  I get it, it's Math.  It's Common Core.  It's going to be something new.  
So, what am I worried about?  This sounds easy.
  • Husband is a traveling maniac these days.  I worry about it just being me and the kids.  The kids are really going to have to help out and suck it up at times.  They are old enough to take on more responsibilities and be more independent, it's just that we haven't had a lot of practice with that yet.  No time like the present!  
  • I'm going to be exhausted.  I'm not even making this up.  Like, all my instructors/mentors are telling me I will be exhausted for at least the first two weeks.  I'm taking vitamins, I'm eating good food, I'm going to get good sleep, but I'm going to be tired.  I'll be up with the roosters, getting lunches made, kids up, do the drive to school, use so much energy with the students, drive home, make dinner, watch a basketball game or pick up a kid from practice, write papers, plan lessons, shower, put out my clothes, toss in a load of laundry, feed the cats, and go to sleep.  Repeat daily, no problem.  
  • I have to be formally observed six times, during the 12 weeks.  I'm trying not to be freaked out by that.  
Those are my fears, in a nutshell.  Not bad, in all.  I'm mostly excited about this adventure and try to push my anxieties aside, when they sneak inside my head.  I have no time to be nervous.  I have worked so hard.  I prepare to prepare.  I'm ready.  Everyone else tells me so and I know some pretty smart people.  They wouldn't lie.  
Let's do this thing.


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