This is my first blog post as a student entering the teacher world. It's kind of a long exaggerated story about how I got to be where I am but I will try to make it short and sweet, don't want to bore you this early. I spent my first 4 years of college studying Hospitality & Tourism Management; I graduated and changed my mind! (told you, so short!) I then sought out a job teaching preschool. I started coming home from work every day feeling totally exhausted... and totally fulfilled. I decided that I wanted to do more than the sales or management that I had been trained to do and felt so naturally able; I wanted to mold minds and influence people's lives, little people. I find myself in my last semester of "undergrad" classwork before I will enter the Graduate Teaching Certification program. What lies ahead of me is making the transition from being the student to the teacher. I will be teacher assisting in Fall of 2015 and student teaching in Winter of 2016. I'm excited to see what the future holds and yet so nervous at the same time.
I've been teaching 3s and 4s preschool for 2.5 years at this point. I've been in the same classroom and I have transitioned from being the assistant to the lead teacher. I've been running the show (most days) for a little over a year and a half. I've done a lot of laughing, loving, and even some crying. I've never felt a bigger love than being with these kids for 8 hours a day. One of the most beautiful things that I find about teaching is being able to be that person that leads children to connecting the dots of new ideas and pushes them to challenge them self.
I can see myself reflecting on the experiences I am going to go through and hopefully be able to share ideas that work really well or maybe not so well in my experiences of teaching. I'm looking forward to seeing what this experience brings!