08 April 2009

Lots of teaching talk....

I can not believe it's Wednesday night already. The last 2 weeks, when I was on spring break, moved so incredibly slow and I did nothing but whine about the surplus time on my hands. Now this week is just flying by. Tomorrow is my last day because Friday is a holiday. Woo Hoo!!!! I've been very busy but I have been getting up at 4:30 am to work out. I'm impressed with me.

I had a little drama trying to get registered for school for the coming semesters. My program runs two courses over the summer. I could easily register for one but the other one kept giving me an error. That took a little bit to straighten out. Then for fall semester I'm doing my student teaching (Woo Hoo) and I couldn't register because the testing service didn't send the results to HPU. You have to pass that test before you can student teach. So now I have to pay $40 to have the results forwarded. And they are forwarded electronically, why does it cost $40???? I call bullshit!!! Also, the test I took in March is not going to be sent there either so I will have to pay another $40 to have those results forwarded. Oh wait, what if I just wait until those results are ready and then pay $40 to have them all forwarded at once. I wonder if I could do that??? Okay, I'll have to check on that.

In other, possibly good, news I may be able to finish my master's 2 semesters early. I have contacted the program head and asked if I could take a class over the summer that I should take in Spring 2010 and take my final class online. She said I could take the class over the summer and take the final class in the second summer semester. What that means is that I would have my dissertation done this summer. Once I finished my student teaching I would be done and would graduate. Yeeeehaaaaaaaa!!! It's not a done deal yet. I have to get the instructors permission and then petition the dean for approval but the program director highly recommends it. Keep your fingers crossed, I'll know in a few weeks.

Also, I did a second interview for a summer teaching job yesterday. I had to go in front of a history class and teach a 15 minute biology lesson. Also in the class were a number of other teachers and an administrator watching how I did. They loved, loved, my classroom management. That's what I worry about most and they loved it!! You know, not to brag or pat myself on the back or anything, but I think I'm going to be an awesome teacher. Everyone who has seen me teach says I am a complete natural and do it really, really well. I have a presence at the front of the room and I have a great, relaxed, style. I also can quickly develop a rapport with the class. I think I've finally figured out what I'm supposed to do with my life. When I'm in front of a class it just feels so right. Anyway, they loved me, but because I'm not certified yet and they have some certified teachers applying I probably won't get the job, but there's always a chance. They said they'd make the decisions by the end of the week. Keep your fingers crossed.

You know what they say, be careful what you wish for??? I can absolutely see both of these things coming through and me having the most brutal summer on record. With teaching summer school, writing a dissertation and the other classes, student teaching will be a walk in the park :) That's okay, I'm willing to work myself ragged for 8 weeks. Anyway, I'll let you know what happens with all of the above.

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