I have a lot on my mind right now. As it turns out, this semester has been extremely exhausting. Now, it is mid-term and guess what? I quite honestly barely remember September. I keep asking myself, “Where did the time go?” I feel like this fast-paced tempo might be something I need to get used to for when I am a teacher. Just to get a feel for my schedule, here’s what I have to do this week. I have to present reading strategies, a graphic organizer, and an anticipatory set for block. I have monster readings for Literary Criticism. I have a presentation over Social Justice for methods. (I really hope it rocks, will be discussed later.) I have a late night event to work on Thursday. Oh, just to top it off, I have to take TWO Praxis II tests this week; one Tuesday and one Thursday at 8 am. Needless to say, I really didn’t want to go for 36 hours without power. Phew! Now that my venting is over, here is what I want to actually talk about in this lovely blog.
This is how I feel right now.
I have been reading a ton about Social Justice. I am not going to spoil my presentation on Wednesday by going into detail, but what I have been reading is really great! I am re-analyzing how I look at my classroom, especially for juniors and seniors. I struggle to think that I will teach this unit to students I have for more than one year in a row because I don’t know if my students will just turn in the same project each year. Can anyone help me with this just a bit with this potential problem?
As a pre-service educator I have been subjected to a wide variety of helpful hints and resources. The shear amount of information is a little overwhelming. One thing I really enjoy is the advice to be “the lone nut.” This idea is terrifying and potentially embarrassing. Then I had this one teacher who is just a nut. I would go into details, but it’s not particularly nice.
As Thumper says:
Though this semester may be a bit overwhelming, a little confusing, and a lot conflicting, I am slowly learning who I want to be in the classroom and who I want to avoid being in the classroom.
I cannot wait to tell everyone what I have learned. I am excited to be figuring out my teacher self!