Sunday, December 30, 2012

Quarter Life Weekend Update #3

I can't believe December has gone by with only 1 post.  Sorry everyone!  Needless to say, these past few months have been a whirlwind, and the break went by quickly as well.

The holidays were somewhat low key.  To be honest, I had a fever starting on Christmas Eve and have been sick ever since.  Sadly, that meant no holiday baking and not much of anything, to be honest.  It has, however, left me plenty of time to get ready for my next position.  The position I had since September ended a week before winter break, and I was incredibly sad to go.  I had taught a subject I was incredibly passionate about, with an age group I ended up really enjoying.  I don't think I could go back to elementary education.  I'm happy to be using my degree and sharing my love for science with older students that can really get into the material and appreciate it.  Middle school was incredibly difficult, but I cannot see myself continuing down any other path.

My next position starts right after New Year's, and I will be teaching 6th grade Earth Science for most of the remainder of the school year.  It'll be an interesting experience to say the least, since my first unit is on minerals and I know much less about minerals than I do about cells, for example.  Plus, I will also be teaching an 8th grade computers cycle class, which should be interesting as well...

I am both excited for and terrified by the arrival of 2013.  2013 will bring a lot of changes and take me out of my comfort zone, which is both thrilling and intimidating.  I had such a wonderful experience at my last position that it makes it hard to leave, but I know I will grow to like this new school as much as my old one.  It'll be difficult to start over in a new school with new students, parents, and staff, not to mention an additional 40 minute commute.  However, every new experience simply adds to my repertoire, and I'm not going to lie, I kind of hope the second half of 2013 begins with a full-time position...

New Year's Resolutions?  Same as every year I guess...keep up with my workout routines, run a 10K, and to continue to push myself to develop as a teacher (in both my lessons and my classroom management).

I hope 2013 brings you health and happiness and you get to spend New Year's Eve with loved ones :)

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