Monday, September 1, 2008

High School Again

Tomorrow is my big day- my first day of student teaching. Well, I'm not actually teaching tomorrow but I go and meet my mentor teacher and the students in the class. I will begin actual instruction next week. The only information I received from my mentor teacher is that the kids are in grades 10-12 and they do a lot of community-based instruction (i.e. how to make a purchase in a store, how to use public transportation, how to cross the road safely, etc.) I am excited about that, but at the same time, it makes lesson planning difficult for me because, for my college courses, I have to focus on academic instruction (i.e. literacy, assessment, etc.) But, I'll figure it out somehow- I always do.

Tuesdays are long days for me. I leave the house around 7:15am and don't get home until after 5pm. I will only see Ta and T.G. for about 20 minutes (I pick them up at noon and deliver them to TJ at 12:20pm so I can get to my next class). I'm a little bit nervous about being away from the kids for so long, but it's only crazy on Tuesdays so that eases my mind a little. I just miss them when I am away from them, especially for such long periods of time. It's been a huge adjustment with Th in school all day. I often find myself wondering what he's doing at a particular time or if he's having a good day. I enjoy the few minutes we have alone when he first arrives home from school. I like to hear about his day and just sit and cuddle with him before I have to start my afternoon chores (i.e. getting snacks for the kids, getting supper put together, going through the mail, making lunch for the next day, picking up toys/shoes/clutter, etc.)

Well, I'm headed to bed so I can be well-rested for my first day. Wish me luck!