Friday, November 11, 2005

Well NOW what?

Student teaching ended about 8 hours ago, and I already feel...adrift. For the last three months, I've put my heart and soul into that school, that placement, those kids....every night and weekend I've had papers to grade and lessons to plan...and now, just like that, I'm all done. It's like...having a huge New Year's Eve party--and then suddenly, half an hour after midnight, you realize that everyone has gone home and you're standing alone in a living room full of empty glasses and confetti.

I do have a COUPLE of "requirements" left. I have my last seminar on Wednesday, at which time I'll turn in the application for my teaching license (!!!!), my remaining assignments, etc. On Thursday, I go back to "my school" to meet with my university supervisor and cooperating teacher one last time. This is my final review, when I'll receive my grade for student teaching (which basically becomes my grade for the entire 10-credit semester. And for the record, any class that requires you to put in 40 hours of class time plus another 10-20 hours of "prep time" every week should be worth WAY more than 10 credits). I'll get to see my kids one last time that day, which is probably why, miracle of miracles, I didn't cry today, my last real day of student teaching.

So now I'm just sitting here....no essays to read, no spelling tests to correct, no lesson plans to create. And I'm not sure what to do with myself, actually.

I guess I finish packing.

12 comments:

LoraLoo said...

Celebrate! You've obviously worked very hard the last three months.

Renee said...

Awwww :-) I'm sorry you feel adrift right now... I'm sure the moving and not having a job lined up immediately aren't exactly helping with that feeling.

I'm so proud of you for realizing your dream and going for it! Loraloo is right-- you should be celebrating!

Fred said...

What Lora said. Congrats.

Anna said...

What Renee & Loraloo said :)

Fred said...

Oh, and what Renee and Anna said. (I'd hate to diss anybody up there.)

Come to Florida. We need thousands of teachers; they're laying off thousands of teachers up there.

Bring your hurricane shutters with you.

Renee said...

LOL! Fred said "diss". You're so cool, Fred :-)

LocuTus of Borg said...

Finish packing. LOL

Wow the student teaching is already done? That WAS fast! What everyone else said ;)

Florida is nice now =)

Jen said...

OOOH, I forgot that I already know people in Florida. Maybe I WILL go there. =-)

Renee said...

And John's parents are in FL for most of the year; they ask about you often, Jen. They'd love to entertain you and get you drunk every night (I'm not kidding; that's what they do).

However, *I* would prefer that you move to Illinois with me :-)

LocuTus of Borg said...

Me too =)

Jen said...

They really ask about me? I can't believe they even remember me.

Renee said...

Jane remembers EVERYONE, and remembers deatails about people that normal people don't. Like Ross (remember Ross from our wedding, the guy in the wheelchair?) and his wife just moved to this area, and Jane asked if Lisa was going to be teaching, and John and I were like "...uh, she's not a teacher...". She used to teach, but John and I had forgotten that and Jane remembered. She's psycho :-)

So yeah, she asks about you often. But I want you to move to Illinois, not Florida :-(