Life Lately (September & October)
Wow, I feel like I’ve spent the last few months just trying to catch up with myself!
I’ll do the not so fun stuff first… In September, we dealt with the unexpected loss of a family friend who, along with his wife, were like a second set of parents to me in high school. They both played a large role in shaping a shy, self-concious, and heartbroken young teenage girl into the woman she is today, and I will be forever grateful for the influence they have had in my life.
I also had to say goodbye to my dear old totaled Elantra, and although it’s much less emotionally heart-wrenching and not at all like a person, she was still a good car and I will miss her sunroof, dazzl-y champagne exterior, and all the trips we took together. Now thanks to a very fortunate deal worked out between my mom, my uncle, and myself, I will now join the SUV driving masses!
On the job front, I have been so fortunate to be really busy with substitute teaching so far this school year! I’ve been able to fit in really well with the teachers and students at the elementary school I mentioned in August and they’ve been keeping me busy in Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms (and 5th grade tomorrow!) in addition to the other jobs I pick up throughout the school system. Even though subbing is not really an ideal job, the experiences are invaluable. As a teacher, I feel that I have certainly grown quite a bit in the past two and a half months. I’ve been teaching anything and everything in every grade level so I’ve certainly learned more flexibility, strategies, and content. My classroom management skills have, I feel, grown exponentially. After leaving student teaching I classified classroom management as a weak spot because I don’t like confrontation and generally have an unobtrusive personality, but with subbing I’ve certainly been able to see myself learn to become more assertive and authoritative, which is really excellent! …Somewhere at the Rossier School, my professors are cheering because being a reflective practitioner has truly been ingrained into my brain. ;) I’ve also been able to spend some time thinking about what I really want to teach, which is middle school reading and social studies. I’ve always known that, ideally, I wanted to teach middle school because that’s where my heart has always been, but I’ve also realized that I don’t need to “settle” for a high school job when I know it won’t make me happy. In reality, I think the key to being an effective educator is to have joy in what you are doing.
So there are the stand-out ups and downs of life going into fall. I have also had some really great experiences and adventures these past few months with my profoundly amazing family and friends, but I think I’ll guard those for myself. :) Love, E