One down…

Wow! I can’t believe that it is nearly June, and I have finished my first semester of graduate school! The past few months have really flown by, and I can’t wrap my mind around that fact that, if everything goes as planned, I will start TEACHING full-time in August! Amazing!

Looking back on this semester, I am amazed at how much I have learned, and not just about teaching, but about getting to the point where I can teach. I’ve been so busy with school and work and life and looking for teaching positions that I haven’t even had time to post since February.

I had some really great classes this semester (and one that I would rather not ever think about again). I’ve gone from understanding very little about actually being a teacher to honestly thinking that I will start teaching in August and know what I’m doing! It’s amazing to me that two professors were able to impart so much knowledge into my brain in just a few months, but I’m thankful they did. There’s still so much left to learn, though.

I took my Praxis II: English Language, Literature and Composition: Content Analysis test on April 29, and it’s been so stressful waiting for my scores, which should come in ANY DAY. I really think I did well, but I’ve never really taken a test quite like this one, so it’s impossible for me to say if I did well enough to pass. Fingers crossed! And toes!

I do have some pretty exciting plans for the summer to help prepare me for teaching this fall. This semester, I took classes on the analysis and practice of teaching, classroom management and research methods (*shudders*). This summer, I am taking two MAT classes, Models of Teaching and Literacy. THEN, in June, I will be a participant in the Great Bear Writing Project, the chapter of the National Writing Project. For those three weeks, I’ll be writing constantly and learning about ways to teach writing to students! Such a great opportunity, PLUS the credits are free, PLUS it’s taking the place of another class, PLUS at least two of the other people in the program are MAT students. I’m pretty pumped.

I’ve also been fortunate enough to receive full funding to attend the Advanced Placement Summer Institute in July at the University of Arkansas. In four (not-so-short) days, I will be certified to teach AP Language and Composition. Even if I don’t teach AP classes for a while, but hopefully eventually, it will be really good for me since I don’t have formal teaching experience. Anything I can do to better prepare me to teach students is a welcome opportunity!

As much as I have going on this summer, it’s going to be stressful. I am applying for jobs left and right. I’ve interviewed for one, which I didn’t get, and I have another interview next week. That is the one I’m really praying for, but I’m trying not to get my hopes up!

I’m excited for this summer, but I’m ready to know some answers to the many questions I have.

And soon. That would be nice.