Miss Bennett in the Bay

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Jul 06 2007

20% Done

Today marks the day that I am officially 20% done with Institute. Four more weeks to go. Probably the four hardest weeks of my life…. until I begin teaching on my own.

I meet my “babies” on Monday. That is what my school director (SD) calls them. Tiny little second graders with their tiny little backpacks. I’m so, so excited.

My excitement right now is curbed by a deep, deep exhaustion. This is the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I mean that quite seriously. I knew it was going to be hard. I didn’t know it would be this hard. People have already quit. I don’t know how many and I didn’t know any of them personally (there are 500 of us here). I am sure more will quit in the coming weeks. We have all asked ourselves why we are putting ourselves through this. Maybe once a day, maybe once every other day. We each have our own motivation, but it all comes back to our bottom line: student achievement.

Ok, this is getting a little smarmy. Combine sleep deprivation with a Friday night off and you get bad writing. I’m going to get myself a margarita now with some of my Bay Area friends.

One Response

  1. Sarah

    Of course it’s not exactly the same, but I know what you mean. Student teaching was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life, too! I tried not to be too “down” on it in my blogs, partially because of the you-know-who-super-positive-all-the-time girl, but it was tough. I tried to make it seem like it wasn’t ;o) But see my very old “not on my A-game” post… you have to be on your toes all-the-time! It gets to be really exhausting, I know. Yes, we have classes and projects and papers and reading while student teaching too, in addition to planning. It was a more-than-full-time job. I didn’t talk about it much at the time, I’m realizing, because I didn’t think anyone would care, LoL ;o)

    I have a theory: maybe *part* of the reason people readily quit TFA as opposed to normal student teaching is because they haven’t been “planning” on it for their entire lives the way a lot of “traditional” student teachers have. Do you think maybe that could be part of it? Or no?

    You’ll have to tell me all about what Institute is like so far! Do you get weekends off? What are you doing for this weekend? If you get a chance (I’m sure there’s TONS of studying and reading to do), I’d LOVE more details about what you’ve been doing this week! I’m making it up in my head to fill in the gaps lol.

    Yes, aah the “babies” :) I’ve met three of my first-grade “babies” so far. One of them turned around to her mom and said, “Mommy, I can’t believe it! I met my teacher and her name is Miss Cantrell and her hair is really long!” LoL. She hasn’t seen anything yet ;o)

    I can’t wait to hear all about your “babies”!

    I have training in Colorado Springs this coming week, it’s called “Capturing Kids’ Hearts”. I’ll let you know what it’s like! I’ll be gone from Monday night to Thursday evening. Not like it makes any difference to you which city I’m in, LoL. Then I have my NTO (New Teacher Orientation) from July 30-Aug 3. We start setting up classrooms on Aug. 6, have professional development most days after that, have parent nights Aug. 13 and 14, and school starts Aug 16. Whew! It’s coming up SOOO fast! (OMG, one month from today and I’ll be inside the school! AAAAAHH!)

    I’m babbling… but I love you!

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