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Where ya Been: An Update with ‘Lysse

Hi hello did ya miss me!?

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted something new, so I thought I’d finally tell you why. For a second there, I thought about doing a Day in the Life vlog to make this a little more fun, but the problem with that is time.

If you follow me on any other social media, you may know that I am currently a 4th and 5th grade resident teacher during the day and taking 15 credits for grad school at night. You see…I don’t have a lot of time.

 

 

My friends and I at the end of summer school!

I wake up and spend all day teaching a bunch of 4th and 5th graders. They are life-giving, chatty, spontaneous and the reason I get out of bed each morning. Something unique in comparison to other schools is the fact that I (along side a co-teacher) only teach one subject. The structure of school is what we call departmentalized. After the 1st grade, elementary teachers only teach one (two kinda, its rolled together) subjects. Either English and Social Studies, or Math and Science. Without getting into the specifics, I think it works well mostly for the English and Social Studies side, and it gives teachers the ability to focus and plan for one subject, even though you teach two different grades. Also, it’s really nice that you get the same kids two years in a row.

You may have noticed that I mentioned I am a resident teacher.  With my grad school program I am placed with a full time teacher during to first year to learn from a more experienced teacher and share the teaching responsibility.  This works differently for everyone, but co-teaching has been a huge learning experience thus far, and despite any difficulties, I am thankful that I have the opportunity to stand in front of kids and teach on my own everyday. I am learning so much from just doing. In addition, a lot of my grad school course work requires me to record myself teaching lessons in other grades (hello kindergarten),  give diagnostic assessments to students, and write papers based on my experience in the school. This year is so much about planning every moment of your life, squeezing things in where you can, and really just trying your best.

I’m going to include this here, but probably write a separate blog post about it but teaching is hard. You hear that a lot. Your past teachers have said it. But no, like it is really hard. The amount of hats you are required to wear, the planning, the pressure for your students to succeed….I’ll write a separate posts but yeah trust me.

So! The rest of my life? Ha well with a full time job, a full class load, and a stipend as a “salary” the rest of my life is normally surrounded around what fun thing can I meal prep for the next week, or what new coffee shop can I go to to get some work done. The ~15 minutes I get to talk to Ra’Shaud every night is fun. I have a solid group of friends here in D.C, and truly life is good. Life is good.

 

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