Sunday, May 1, 2016

Dusting Off the Blog...

It's been a full year since I've posted anything in here.  That's not okay.  In my defense, 2015 (or at least the latter half of it) was a very stressful & trying time for me and my little family.  There wasn't much going on in Making Sure to Laugh because honestly, there wasn't much to laugh about during that time.  I'm not trying to be purposefully cryptic -- this is a not a cry for attention -- but I don't really want to disclose all the details of exactly why last year was less than awesome.  If you need to know more... email me, I might tell you.

MOVING ON... Here in the present, things are starting to look up and I have made some changes in my life -- one of which means a new job title starting in August.  For those of you who follow me on Pinterest, you may already know what I'm talking about.  I'm going to be a teacher.  I'm finally stepping onto the path I feel like I should have been on since I left high school.  I took the round about route -- and really I'm glad because I have a little bit more life experience to bring to the table.  

For those of you who don't know what I've been up to, I applied for an alternative teacher preparation program, since I already have a bachelor's degree (not in education) and I don't have the time or money right now to go through a whole Masters' program.  I've taken my first two classes and was accepted into a resident teacher program which, from my understanding is like the ultimate in on-the-job training.  I'll have my own classroom and basically be a full-fledged teacher except for the fact that I don't have my certificate yet.  I have two years to complete all of the requirements toward my teaching certification, but will be teaching and going to school at the same time.  

It's going to be quite a change... but I'm so excited.  I'm proud of myself for finally taking this step -- I was so afraid to do it because I thought it would be too hard and take too long and I really just thought it was too late to start this journey.  But it's never too late!  

If you're wondering... my certificate will be in secondary (grades 7-12) English language arts.  YES I am very excited about getting paid to correct grammar.  I can't wait to decorate bulletin boards and grade tons of essays (one of those is a lie).  

I plan to blog as much as I can through this experience.  Now that I'm in the program, I have several things to look forward to in the months to come, before I'm actually thrown into the deep end of a middle or high school classroom.  First, I'll be participating in mock interviews in preparation for a job fair, where I'll have the opportunity to interview with principals.  I'm terrified of this, actually... it's been about ten years since my last job interview!  Then there's a "summer seminar" at the community college where there will be panel discussions, role playing (not sure what exactly this means...?) and hopefully, learn a lot from current teachers.  There's also a fieldwork experience where we go into summer school classes to observe... Lots of exciting stuff to look forward to! (omg I just ended a sentence with a preposition -- FAIL)

So here goes nothing...wish me luck!

Who wants to buy me this?

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