Getting Around

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A New Semester Begins

In my program we have two semesters of coursework and a semester of student teaching.  Last week the second semester started.  I have to say that my enthusiasm isn't really what it should be, and I can't say why.  Maybe because my two favorite subjects were last semester and the ones I'm not a fan of are all this semester?  Could be.

On the plus side, I got placed in the school I wanted.  I had to earn it.  Now I'm freaking out that maybe I'm not really good enough to spend time in that school.  What to do?

Also, I have a small problem with my wardrobe.  And my hair.  I used to teach nursery school.  I came home splattered with paint.  I did not wear my nice clothes to that school and my hair was mostly functional, not fabulous.  Now I have to look professional.  The last time I had to look professional on a regular basis I wore suits with big shoulder pads and had even bigger hair.  I'm not even sure where to start with this one, so ideas are welcome!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Certification Exam are Stinko

In addition to an elementary license, I'm also adding middle school math.  Unfortunately, the certification exam for this has crappy study materials available for it.  I'm working hard, but this might be a case of having to take the exam to find out what I need to know.  After all, it's been 25 years since I was in middle school, and a lot has changed since then.  Plus, I've slept, which means stuff has been forgotten.

Any tips on certification exams out there?

Oh wait, let me say that I have nothing against the idea of certification exams.  After all, one must be able to demonstrate one's knowledge of the content before being allowed to teach it.  I agree with that.  I just don't enjoy taking them, myself.