I am half way through my student teaching!!!!!! Hooray! It has been difficult and rewarding which is what many teachers say about teaching in general. I’m so happy to be half way done and at the same time it feels like it has already been a full 16 weeks not 8!
So many things have gone on. I lost my grandpa! I’ve had 3 stomach viruses. The kids have had a cold. It has been a lot! Sunday has had nights of great sleep and nights of no sleep and having to get up and teach the next day has been rough!
I know that a lot of schools do there student teaching programs different and at mine the first 2 weeks are getting to know the routines, students, and school policies…after that you are the teacher full time all day everyday except for 2 hours a week when you have your meetings with your university facilitator. So I have been running the show!
5th grade is better than I expected but I still think that I would prefer the younger kids! Today we did a few mock interview questions and it was harder than I expected and it has me a bit nervous about when I start applying for work… I still have about a month before I can actually start applying for jobs but when March 16th comes around I should start to get an idea of who is hiring near me…
One of my favorite school is actually hiring for Kindergarten and I do want to take the job if I get the chance… or at least I thought I did… but now I’m questioning it because if they have surplus I will be the first to go… In addition, it’s not the nicest of schools and I really want a school that I can have Dalton at for kinder and possibly pre school… So much to think about… is it meant to be that one of my favorite schools to sub at has an opening in kinder… it would be a wonderful team to work with… but that whole surplus thing is on my mind… I also really like the school I’m student teaching at… but who knows if there will be an opening and I really don’t like the accelerated learning system that they have in 3rd-5th grade the take all the higher achieving kids and put them in one class and the other 2 classes don’t have those students that help drive discourse….it just sucks the air out of the other 2 classrooms and who knows if the principle would even want to hire me… I do know that I also really like another school near by but I don’t know if there will still be an opening when I’m able to apply… So many things to think about but I’m also so excited that I can finally start looking towards that next step! I am so close to being done!!!!