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!
In graduate school, it can be difficult not to get wrapped up in everything that goes on on a day to day basis. I am struggling with this myself at the moment. I want to set a goal that once I leave the school, the troubles or worries of the day need to disappear. I am letting my “work” come home with me, and it is affecting my mood. I don’t want to wake up still disappointed about the issues with teaching. It is almost impossible sometimes to take a deep breath and make the previous day leave your mind – but I want and NEED to for myself to stay sane during student teaching. I believe in myself, and that others can as well!
SOL day 3
Entering a group text message
“Hey! It’s good to hear your voice! How have you been?”
“How is graduate school?”
“What’s work like?”
“I’ve been so busy!”
I recently decided to text my best friends from high school – we usually see each other every Winter holiday season due to the break from school. This year, it didn’t work out because they are all out of school and working in various careers that only gave a couple days off for Christmas. Missing December 24-26 was out of the question because it is such a family affair WHICH I LOVE. I have been talking to my friends briefly here and there, but it is nice to catch up with them (even if it isn’t an hour long lunch of us all sharing stories!) There is something about chatting that brings us back to high school days and gushing over the newest drama. Even though it has only been five years since then, it feels like a long time has passed. We are getting jobs or already have jobs, working all day with school or clients, and dressing professionally more than not. Seeing them succeeding brilliantly at “real” adult life helps calm me down for the full-time teaching term to come, and starting job interviews. It reassures me that it can be done because the girls I matured with and who were my anchor in college sound very excited by their jobs and are living happy lives. My friends in graduate school and from college help with the every day worries and freakouts that arise as well 🙂 It is important to use your friends, not to vent, but to listen to their adventures. It definitely helps when I can imagine what’s going on with them and tell them the exciting parts of my life.
I completed my first week of teaching math today 🙂
I wanted to do a post about staying positive through this teaching experience because many of my classmates are feeling stressed out and down on themselves for a bad lesson or not connecting with some students. These can be hard struggles as teachers to get past and remember that teaching is a learning process and no one is the perfect educator (even after years of experience). The students change every year so lessons will look different and most likely won’t take up the same amount of time. My lessons had mistakes as well, but nothing that I couldn’t get past and didn’t learn from – after my lesson on Tuesday, my CT gave me advice which consisted of talking louder, wait time, and moving around the room more. I took it to heart and did pretty well on Wednesday with those changes, but the actual lesson took too long so we had to cram the activity in to about ten minutes. It seemed like I gave TOO MUCH wait time on this one, but the students weren’t understanding the content so I walked them through it and gave time for them to think. I saw that the time was skipping away, so we just didn’t do the back of the worksheet. It was a quick and easy improvisation, but my heart definitely started racing! Today’s lesson was pretty slow at the beginning, but the activity I used was very engaging and my CT loved my idea.Basically, I want everyone to understand that there is LIGHT within all the darkness that might come up in your lessons. The mistakes seem rough when they are occurring, but try to think about something good that happened (like one student who you connected with or who learned the content). Graduate school can be very burdening with night classes and placement during most days, but it is a fun experience and we are practicing towards our careers as teachers.