Friday, August 26, 2011

Back to school, back to school...

This weekend is my last weekend as a free woman.
[side note: I feel really strange calling myself a woman.]


This Monday, August 29th 2011 is my first day of school. And it's also my third grade class' first day of school. I am overcome with excitement. However, I'm just putting it out there-- I'm terrified. There were times throughout my college education that I thought I would never make it to student teaching, but here I am! I hope that I'm actually cut out for all of this. I hope that this next couple of months tells me that teaching is what I'm called to do, because I don't know what I would do with myself if all of a sudden I realized that I'm not meant to teach!

But I love working with kids. I have adored the time I spent in the Elementary Ed program for the past couple of years. You would think after all this time spent preparing in college that I would realize that I don't like teaching. So there. Nothing to worry about, Nicole! RIGHT?!

I've been working in my new classroom and with my lead teacher this past week, and attending meetings on the new Common Core Standards and the new lesson planning system that the district is implementing. This stuff scares me more than actually teaching does. The "curriculum engine" that teachers are required to use this year definitely complicates things! I'm just grateful that I'm a child of technology because the system is easy enough for me to navigate. It just stinks that while I'm learning all the ins and outs of teaching, my lead teacher will be learning how to use the new planning system and learning how to implement the new standards into already existing lesson plans. That's SO much learning! ;)

So cross your fingers for me that the next 14 weeks go smoothly! I won't be taking full control of the class until around October, so extra prayers during that month would be greatly appreciated. :) I expect bumps in the road at times, but all in all, my excitement definitely outweighs my fear of failure!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lately...

I've said it once, I'll say it a million times: Blogging is not my forte. That aside, I have some things to say!

So I recently returned from a week long trip to Glorieta, New Mexico with the collegiate ministry at Shadow Hills. This trip was life-changing, I would say. It helped me to realize what I want to do with that large chunk of time I'll have after my student teaching is over. Obviously, I won't have a teaching job halfway through the school year (and frankly, I doubt I'll have a teaching job for a while...) so I have a long long break before the next school year starts! What should I do with that time? Guys, I wanna go on a mission trip somewhere. That somewhere is....


India! 

There is so much I could say about India, but obviously this will take a lot of prayer and fund raising and many other things if this is actually going to happen. I always wanted to go on another mission trip at some point, and this upcoming January seems the perfect time to do so!

So it hit me today. I'm going to be teaching soon. Granted, it's my student teaching, but still! I'm going to have a class of third graders that I get to meet in two weeks! My lead teacher is great, I met him today. I also went into Allen today to help him set up the classroom. Guys, he has a TENT in his room. A tent! Two students a week get to do their work in this tent. It's crazy cool. To say that I'm looking forward to this upcoming school year is an understatement.

But. I'm also crazy scared. I have a feeling that in the next couple of weeks, I'll be overwhelmed and excited and nervous and overworked and stressed and joyous and scared and sad and happy, etc. I've heard horror stories about student teaching experiences. I've also heard the most delightful, funny stories about student teaching. I hope that there won't be too many horror stories in my case, but if there are, you better bet I'll be talking about them here!

Wish me luck AAAHHHH