Apr 04 2011
good! I mean this sub thing is pretty weird. Lots of days you don’t know whether or not you are going to work, but you still get up at 5:00 am. You are singing clean up songs one day in Kindergarten and dealing with teen angst issues the next in middle school. Strange. How many other jobs do you get to “try out” first before making a decision? I get to see many different schools and how they function; many different classrooms; and many different teaching styles. It’s cool. I rapidly take notes on things I want to copy. I take pictures of how certain classes are arranged. I read. I learn. I copy what works. I try new ideas. Teaching has tapped into my creative side like I never thought it would. My tech background is essential and makes teaching even more fun. Following someone else’s plan is comforting in the beginning, but as I get more into this I itch to create my own plan. I long for extra time left over in the day so I can do extra creative fun stuff with the kids. It is amazing what they can do with minimal instruction and lots of cool technology at their hands.
Our after school Digital Storytelling class at UT Elementary is a highlight of my week. Here’s an excerpt from one of the stories created during that class. We plan on having a showcase for parents to attend (red carpet and all) so they can see the cool work their children have created. Must say a big THANK YOU to Dell YouthConnect for providing the grant that funds this program. We hope have even a broader reach next year.
Now on the school front – I’m still plugging away at my certification classes. Michael and I are both on the last class and ready to start taking the exams required. We have had so much fun going through this process together. Some days I get giddy at the thought that we could be teaching at the same school with our own kids attending there as well. It may not turn out that way, but the idea of that scenario is pretty awesome.
I still end each day totally exhausted (teachers, do you ever get used to this level of activity?), but ready to get up and do it again the next day. Whew!