Thoughts during teaching rounds

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

This quote basically summarises every day that I have spent in Prep, doing my teaching rounds for the last 3 weeks. I have one week remaining and I am so excited to be finished with assessments, early mornings and lesson planning for the next few months!
I’ve learnt a bucket load during this placement, about teaching and where I see myself in the next few years. So far I’ve come to the following conclusions:

  1. I don’t see myself teaching Prep (Kindergarten in the US) at least when I am first graduating, it is a lot of pressure and I think I’d like to teach older kids who I can share my passions with (geography, world cultures etc).
  2. Lesson planning is hard work and is really testing my time management skills – each lesson I plan is either way too quick or is too difficult for the kids and we have to move on to another activity…. I definitely have a lot to work on there.
  3. I don’t mind the teaching hours, afternoon runs during daylight savings time are bloody lovely and I thoroughly enjoy getting up early.
  4. I’d like to teach in a less academically rigorous school with a more community-oriented vibe, preferably one with an alternative curriculum such as Steiner.
  5. I am highly passionate about morning teas.
  6. My coffee consumption is spiralling out of control and I think I need to go to rehab.

Teaching lessons to 27 five year olds (including a lesson sequence about basic robotics coding!) has been an incredibly nerve-wracking experience but I have learnt a great deal from my amazing mentor, particularly about behaviour management. I’ve also decided that I am going to have a meticulously clean classroom and I have found so many inspiring resources and books that I cannot wait to dive into during my holidays. #Educationnerd

They say that after your first big teaching placement you should definitely know if its the job for you, and even though this placement has been so exhausting and quite stressful at times, I know that I will love to have my own class someday and I am so motivated to finish my final two semesters! Thanks for reading, see you next time. X

P.S> If you’re a teacher reading this I would love to chat with you 🙂

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Me walking 3 miles in Slovakia after we got off at the wrong train stop and got very lost indeed.

 

 

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Hey, welcome.

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
Ernest Hemingway

Hi, you’ve reached my new blog, where I will write things which will often be accompanied by images I took. This quote from Hemingway is a pretty apt summary of my approach to blogging which is basically a situation where I write things down that I think without much regard for stylistic considerations or whether my content is interesting for anybody other than myself. I’ve decided to start this blog mainly for travel purposes as the old Tumblr situation feels much like high school and I think its time to spread my wings. I’m going to backdate some posts from my Tumblr so you can read about my previous travel experiences, if you wish it. Hopefully there will be many more to come as I hope to get out there again once I have finished this Masters!

Here is a summary of my life if you are interested or do not know me. If its the latter then howdy and I am unsure why but positively delighted that you’ve found yourself on my humble page. I hope you will enjoy my musings on this here blog. X

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Me at Mackenzie Falls, Grampians NP, Victoria, 2016.

Some time in Spain

I’m sitting on the bus from Madrid to Zaragoza, gazing out the window at endless green and brown plains and strange sparse shops. I’m listening to some Jack Johnson and the occasional John Mayer, having the ultimate relax after a very intense but fantastic week of Sangria, mini 1€ sandwiches (Cien Bocadillos), new friends and lots lots more sangria. I met up with some friends from my German summer camp in Madrid and we had an incredible time filled with sun and laughter. Yesterday we spent our last day together in Madrid at the Central Park (Retiro), napping in the grass (we were extremely hungover), playing guitar, eating too many Pringles and iceypoles, listening to Radiohead and discussing whether anybody would trust me with looking after a baby (hypothetical scenario) amongst other interesting topics. After a week of travelling alone it was so refreshing to have friends to share food and laughs with; someone to hold my coffee while I put my backpack on (an endless struggle of the solo traveller), and someone’s shoulder to rest my head on in the Metro when we got home from the club at 8am and had to check out of our hostel at 10:30. It’s the small things 🙂

I am now en route to stay with my pal Marina in Zaragoza, where she lives and studies. I’m ever so excited to indulge in some home cooked meals and be away from the big city and tourists! Apparently it’s a beautiful city so I am very excited to arrive. Afterwards I am heading to Paris for several days and then onwards to famous London. I’m currently considering a brief trip to Dublin to visit dear Hannah – I’ll probably regret it if I don’t go so I think I’ll do it! Apart from all the amazing teaching experiences which will help my career path and the endlessly hilarious memories, I think the best part about my Camp Adventure experience was all the international friends I have made. When I next come to Europe I know I have friends in Ireland, Wales, England, Spain, and especially Germany. Additionally I’ve got new friends in the USA and I’ve already planned a California road trip with one friend this December! We will drive from San Diego to San Francisco via LA and Santa Cruz, with many burgers, beers and selfies to be enjoyed the way. And most importantly I have the exciting prospect of having international friends come to visit me in Melbourne! Over and out, X.

NOTE: I have been editing these posts and moving them from my tumblr page to here because it is a *more serious* platform and encourages me to work on my writing. Two musings have come of this. Firstly, it has allowed me to edit and reflect on my writing style, in particular to veer away from the use of the ever notorious ‘really’ and even more so, “very”. I despise both words and I am trying so hard to avoid them wherever possible in an attempt to deepen my vocabulary and think more about my writing. Secondly, I have been considering planning a trip to USA and Guatemala in the mid-year University break next year (from May to June). This post and its mention of friends and cherished memories has started to sway me more towards the “just bloody book the flights” side of things…. so we’ll see. Lots to think about. Thank you for reading, I’m so glad you’re here. X

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavour, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.” – N.H. Kleinbaum, Dead Poets Society