I officially got the email today saying my teacher’s preliminary license has been approved!! All my schooling has been shown its reward 🙂 I have an interview on Friday for an ESL part-time job, and I should be part of the substitute program (now that my references have gone through!) Life is really coming together – BUT I need to let myself fall into slumber so I am not too exhausted tomorrow at my current job with toddlers!
This is my last post in my field placement page as well as getting through grad school! I have my master’s and my license in my hands – feels good 😀
As a last graduate school hurrah, one of my friends and I are going to relax by the pool with our books. It doesn’t sound like celebrating, but it will be nice to chat and see each other again before we both have to pack up our places. True friends can simply hang out without the need to do anything spectacular. I still can’t believe grad school is over! I’ll be working on my final paper later today or tomorrow, and packing up my apartment soon. This will probably be my last “Getting through grad school” post!
Today, we have a BBQ to wrap up the end of the our year, and the beginning of the new cohort’s year. It will be interesting to compare how we were when we started to what we are like now. Even though it is only one year, there has been a BIG change in most of the graduate students – we have actual teaching jobs and have grown through the field placement work. I wish the best for the new members!
I can’t believe we have finished having a full day of classes! We only a few more days with one afternoon class next week, and then we have no more in-class time. When I finish the final assignment for that class which is due in a few weeks, I’ll write about being officially done. BUT I am very close! This graduate program flew by in this last term – we have all grown so much in our experiences and with each other 🙂 It’s crazy that there are only a few more weeks until we disperse into our classrooms for setup and training. We are going to be REAL teachers soon! 😮
Now that it is coming to the end of the term, I am able to relax more when I am at home – the teachers are giving us in-class time to work on final assignments for this week. I have one big paper that I’ll start working on this weekend BUT I am mainly catching up on shows and starting a new mystery book 🙂 It’s very nice to have this time before I start work in August! It will be tougher to have free time, alone or with family and friends.
I rediscovered Bunnicula off Nerdy Book Club, and am definitely reading it to my students around Halloween! It has the creepy elements but is about a bunny vampire joining the cat and dog in the family – their interpretations and experiences are too entertaining! I think it could be a very fun story for my pre-K students get into 🙂
Make you sure to take advantage of your friends on the 3-day weekends given 🙂 I went to a birthday BBQ party last night to start off the weekend right, and tonight I am enjoying my time outdoors by the pool and going out with a friend later. It is important to keep busy, so you can continue to grow bonds with people in your life. Many of us starting thinking about the fact that there are only a few more weeks before people disperse to their own jobs…we need to stay close while we can, and this 3-day weekend is a big help!
Yesterday, I visited a school where I was offered a teaching position – I really liked it! My classroom was HUGE, and I will be coteaching with another new teacher fresh out of college. It is a pretty flimsy curriculum-hold on the teaching that is done, which will allow me to come up with more engaging lessons and play centers for the students. I can’t believe I have a job 🙂 I will be sending my acceptance email to them today! My job is teaching pre-K at Lake Oswego KinderCare, and I want to start looking at the curriculum more closely and getting some extra materials together. Only a few more weeks to focus on classes and assignments 😮
Tonight made me realize the importance of having a support group of friends! It was very fun to gossip and laugh about our teaching experiences 🙂 In one of our classes, the professor discussed the importance of sharing stories – I definitely agree after tonight. Other people, not in teaching, try to understand what we are going through but don’t really relate. Since this is our last term in the graduate school program, I want to make sure we all see each other as much as possible!