I love teaching...
This semester has been a great one so far. I just finishing my first block of practicum in a 5th grade class. Who knew I would love 5th grade so much! I was dead set on 1st or 2nd grade, or maybe work as some sort of specialist in a school, but those little adorables are making me double think.
I have a picture of the whole class as well, all 30 of them, but cannot post it on the internet.
Next week I will start my second 5 week block in a 1st grade classroom. Maybe I'll love it more, maybe I'll love it less, maybe I just like being around kids in general. Their hilarious, witty, creative, active, kind, forgiving, adorable, etc. Everything we all hope to be, they are.
Some say teaching is the hardest job in the world, but yet the most rewarding and most important - I believe them, it's an important hat to wear, but it's worth it.
This semester I am doing my level II in Elementary Education. This means that I enter the classroom for a full days work 3 days a week. I do anything the teacher needs. I have gotten some good one-on-one and group teaching experiences, as well as a better feel for how the classroom runs.
Being in the classroom has also revived my love of reading (Who has time to read what they want anymore!) I got a glimpse of a couple good 5th grade books and decided to start my own classroom/home collection of children books. We went to a book sale and got all of these for $20!! Mark got some he wanted as well. I got almost 50 picture books, 15 chapter books, a children's dictionary, a "almost perfect" Disney storybook, etc. Needless to say, it was a blast for both of us.
Come Christmas time, it will mean that we are one year away from graduating, Mark with his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering and me with my Bachelors in Elementary Education with an emphasis in ASL. Sounds pretty cool, and those titles will sure look good on beautiful embossed USU card stock paper. What a Christmas present that will be!
After that? maybe a 4 month trip to China and surrounding areas to teach English...
After that? Well....that's as far as we have gotten