Ten Things I Want Balance During Student Teaching

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Hi everyone! I have this week’s Top Ten Tuesday for you all. This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and today’s topic is Ten Things I Want Balance During Student Teaching. Technically, this week was supposed to be a rewind post. I decided to change it up a bit, though, because my life is about to get very serious.

My student teaching starts at the beginning of September. I’ll be in a split 4th/5th classroom. I’ve been in a lot of classrooms before, even 5th grade, but I normally work with the younger elementary students. So, I’m a little bit nervous. Not to mention that, even though student teaching starts the beginning of September, my life starts getting crazy tomorrow. I’ll be starting work with my host teacher and a bunch of teacher trainings. It will be chaotic.

One thing that I’m super nervous about is how I will balance blogging, reading, and student teaching. Don’t be surprised if we have large gaps of no posts. I’ll be doing 12 weeks and 450+ hours of state mandatory student teaching, along with a huge project that’s required for my state.

When I taught Pre-K for a year, I read about 4 books…if that. I’m hoping that I learned a lot about how to balance my life and not let everything else consume me. I definitely learned that it’s very important to schedule in some fun time or just some me time. Will I be able to read a million books? No. But I need to make sure I don’t let work consume me.

Today, I’m going to talk about the ten things that I want to balance during student teaching. This is something that I both want to talk about and want to be able to go back and look at when I feel like I’m losing my sanity for this last part of the year. Wish me luck!

1 Reading – I want to be able to balance student teaching and reading. I know that I won’t be able to read that much throughout the rest of the year, but I do want to make sure that I schedule some “me time.” I have some books coming out by my favorite authors every single month throughout the rest of this year. I at least want to make time to read those books.

2 Blogging – Even if it’s just one day a week, I want to make sure that I still have time for some blogging. Thankfully, I have an amazing co-blogger who has my back and who can take up some of the slack, but I really want to dedicate at least once during the week to blogging. This will probably be on Football/NASCAR Sundays.

3 Family – I definitely want to make sure that I’m spending time with my family and not alienating them. My cats, especially, get really upset when I’m gone for long period of time. Thankfully, my school has a really early start and the school day ends before 3. Granted, I’ll be there longer than that. But I should usually be getting home by a pretty reasonable hour.

4 My other classes – The really nerve wracking part about student teaching is that I have other classes. Not core classes like math, science, English, etc. Those are all done. I’ll have a cohort, professional portfolio, state mandatory assignments, etc. But all of those have to be done outside of the classroom for student teaching. I really want to make sure that I have time for all of that.

5 Outside relations – Believe it or not, I’m not a social butterfly. I also don’t have very many outside friends. Think about it, though, I’ve been in school since preschool. I’m completing my MA, so I’ve been going to college for 6+ years. It’s not really possible to have a bunch of outside relationships when your so focused on school. I really want to make sure that I’m interacting with my cohort and other people who can just help me relax during this stressful time

6 “Me Time” – I know that reading and blogging count as “me time,” but I really want to be able to focus on just me in general. Things that just make me happy. Things that make me relax.

7 Sports – If you guys know me at all, then you know my love for sports. I’m already stressing that NASCAR is basically going to get the book because Football starts this weekend. And Football comes first. And then I have the Mariners and hockey season will be coming up and I have to keep up with NASCAR when I can. Thank goodness my school is in love with the Seahawks. At least I can rock my blue and green at my host school.

 

 

You know what? I can’t think of 3 more things. And I think ending on sports really brings out my character and personality. So, I’m going to leave it at that.

 

Wish me luck!!!!

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. Enjoy your student teaching. I am a substitute teacher, by choice and I enjoy the 5th and 6th grade classrooms the most. I sub about 4 days a week and know I could have a full time job but I like the freedom of choosing what days to work and the flexibly. Your days will be busy but I had a lot of fun during student teaching. Learn about classroom management from everyone you talk to, ways they transition, what works for them in the classroom and what doesn’t. And listen, really listen to the students and to other teachers, for when you listen you hear things others don’t. Write things down every day – just dot things down about your day. A few positive things and a few things that you would like to change and you will see your growth over the year. Smile, make mistakes, and say you don’t know because we all are human.

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