Friday, August 31, 2012

Teacher's College: The First Week

Well that went by quick! It seems like just yesterday I was worried out of my mind but alas, it has been a whole five days!

The first week of teacher's college is a busy one. First, I had to wake up early (5:00am to be exact) to arrive at my friend's house at 6:30 am. Right away I knew it was going to be a good set up carpooling with these girls. They are so funny and I really look forward to commuting (good friends makes all of the difference).
Upon arrival at the school it was really good to have a friend who was used to that campus to show us the ropes. I got to my first class where I sat with a lady I knew from Trent in Oshawa. I really enjoyed my law & ethics class. I then had physical education which was a bummer but I will get it done first semester (which is only 8 weeks in Teacher's college).

I got to eat lunch with my carpooling friends (who are all in Intermediate/Senior and I am in Primary/Junior). Probably the worst thing about that day was having to wait for the mandatory lecture at 7pm which made our day extra long.
On the Tuesday my friends and I had a three-four hour gap where we went to the free zoo just beside our school where we ate our lunch by the river. I kept thing, "If I had gotten into the school I originally wanted, I would not be able to spend my lunches like this."

The rest of the week went by pretty much in the same fashion. I did find it difficult to make friends in my classes which was somewhat new to me. At times I felt left out and uncertain but for the most part I really enjoyed myself. On my last two days (Thursday was my last day and then Friday we had to attend a mandatory workshop) I met two ladies who seemed nice and were in some of my classes.

I'm hoping I will get to know more people as time goes on. I'm really nervous about all of the group projects we have.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Starting Teacher's College

I start teacher’s college tomorrow (Monday August 27, 2012). This is the day I have been waiting for since beginning university and yet, something is holding me back. The excitement I want to feel is there but it is clouded by uncertainty.

I didn’t feel this nervous and uncertain when beginning university which seems strange because university seems like a much bigger step than teacher’s college. After all, I had never stepped foot in a lecture before starting university and yet teacher’s college is the same as university and I have four years of experience now under my belt.

Unfortunately, teacher’s college is different. I have four placements (3 + one on one tutoring) and I will be commuting to a campus everyday for class. I feel like I was very spoiled at Trent in Oshawa where it was a 7 minute drive to the UOIT campus and a 5 minute drive to the new campus. Now it is over an hour’s drive and much earlier start times. I only one 8:30 am class in my entire four years of my undergraduate degree and I barely made it to that class. I now have 2 8 am classes and the day’s that I don’t, I still have to be up early to catch the bus.

I will also be relying other people. Commuting and carpooling along with more group work than I have ever had to do is a lot to adjust to.

There is also the uncertainty of a job afterwards. During my placements will my teacher’s like me, will the students like me, will I be a good teacher? All of these things I have never had to worry about until now. Do I have it in me to be the best teacher I can be? I hope so because I really love kids and learning and literacy.