Wow! I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel now. I realize I just started student teaching middle school. However, this placement is a couple of weeks shorter than the first one. I have completed three full weeks in seventh grade now and we are on spring holiday break. Yesterday, we had a 2 hour early dismissal and we don’t go back until after Easter. Once we return from this break, I will have just over 2 weeks left of student teaching.
I am doing much better at this placement. I am nowhere near as tired when I go home at the end of the day in middle school. I’m also finding lesson plans to be easier and quicker to take care of. My college supervisor’s evaluations of my teaching have improved significantly as well. So, things are going really well here. I am definitely going to miss these kids. It feels like just as soon as I’m getting to really know my students and get used to teaching them, I’m preparing to leave.
However, I am very much looking forward to having this semester behind me. It has been the hardest semester of my life, hands down. My supervisor has pushed me to my limits many times. I feel like I can take criticisms of my teaching from anyone now, regardless of what they have to say. I have had to make decisions about how to handle situations countless times and have developed the “just survive” attitude in regards to finishing up my time with the college. I’m happy to have had this opportunity and to have the mentors I have at the middle school, but I’m ready to move on. I am “on track” to graduate in early May and have begun the process of looking for a teaching position in the counties near me. The word “excited” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Although, I think I may need to find some motivation to finish out the semester as I know I’m almost done.
So, please leave me some comments of encouragement or motivation.