What's that saying about ...
Q: "how do you eat an elephant?"
A: "one bite at a time"
I feel like my story is
Q: How to you juggle a family of 5 and their activities AND full-time classes?
A: Bite, Chew, Swallow!!
It's been just over 2 weeks now since I have been back in classes and during the last 16 days our family activities have included:
8 class assignments (+2 that I will hand in tomorrow)
1 parent council meeting
2 hockey games for Kaden
2 piano lessons for the girls
2 evenings of floor hockey and 1 evening of ice hockey for Conrad
1 awards ceremony for that Ukraine award
2 evenings of kid's club where I teach the kitchen portion, Conrad is a leader for the boys group, and all the kids attend.
1 sleepover for Kiandra
1 birthday party for Kaden
1 family fun evening at the corn maze
1 swimming lesson for all the kids
1 dessert made for a shower at our church
and a partridge in a pear tree, lol!
We are settling into routine. The kids are enjoying school and their teachers. Kezia just told me today that she was chosen to be the "recycling" person (who goes from room to room to collect recycling) and this was a big deal because the position is usually one an older student has but she was chosen and was proud of that. Conrad is finding that his "free" day off is too busy to actually feel like a "free" and he will spend the next two Thursdays accompanying Kaden and Kiandra on their field trips which will make his "free" day seem to go by even faster.
I am really enjoying the people in my classes and, for the most part, I am finding my classes useful. Tomorrow I will hand in my first two major assignments. One of things that I find very interesting is how different the students are in education. In arts, it was rare when people in my classes would begin an assignment well before the due date, but I am finding it to be quite the opposite in education. People are actually doing things early (!) and even though I had finished my big assignments yesterday-2 days before the due date-I actually felt behind because many of my classmates were already done! It's nice to feel surrounded with people like me and not alone in handing assignments in on time and without extensions! However, it might be that there just isn't room for falling behind...I think I counted 33 assignments due before my student teaching block begins in November-*yikes*
Bite, chew, swallow
One day at a time, one assignment at a time, and somehow it all manages to get done!
I have my first school experience this Friday. It's not my school placement, but the faculty has pilot project with a school (on the other side of the city!) and we will be spending the next 4 Fridays in this school. It will be an opportunity to observe and learn about what goes on in a multi-cultural school. I am looking forward to it but am dreading being up at 7:00 to get there by 8! I wonder what time I will need to get up to make myself look like I am ready to be in the classroom that morning? *sigh* I am really NOT a morning person!
Bite, Chew, Swallow...I can do this!
So, if my blog seems to stay the same for days on end, I am probably still chewing and waiting to swallow!