What Has Been Keeping My Mind Spinning

Ok, I haven’t been keeping up with the #kinderblog13 Challenge this summer, so I am going to COMBINE posts to address all five of the writing prompts: CONFESS, BRAG, CHANGE, DREAM and FEAR. This really is the first time I have felt compelled to write all summer. Not because I don’t have anything to say…quite the contrary! I have far too much to say and I have not been able to slow down enough to unpack it and make it coherent for others to read and understand. So, let me attempt to bring you into the crazy, confusing world that is my brain.

What do I feel I need to CONFESS? I only have a four year BEd degree. Most of my colleagues have at least five or six years of university training, many of them with Masters degrees. I have to admit that I have felt at times that my training was less complete than others…but of course it’s all in my head and I am well qualified for my job. I certainly have done many workshops and courses over the years, and I have kept up with the latest findings in education, but still I have this nagging feeling that my ideas aren’t as impactful because I have less formal education than others. When I went to university, all I could afford was four years of study time and UBC was phasing out of their four year Bachelor of Education degree, so I buckled down and did it. Confession #2…I HATED every minute of going to university. I don’t do well just sitting in a classroom listening to a professor talk, so being in university classes multiple hours a day was absolute torture for me! It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the learning, it’s that I didn’t enjoy the lecture/sit and listen format of my classes. I loved my practicum experiences, I loved my students and I knew I had to jump through the hoops that the university placed in front of me to achieve my goal of being a certified teacher.

On to my BRAG…I am a born teacher. My parents were both teachers, my brother is a teacher and I honestly don’t think there is any other job I am more suited for than teaching. When I did my first practicum, my advisor said in one of his comments that it seemed as though I had been teaching all my life. Sure, there are other jobs I could do, but I wouldn’t want to do anything besides what I am already doing…helping form the minds of the little people entrusted to me each year.

Which brings me to two big CHANGES that are happening this September. First, and easiest, I will be teaching K/1 for the first time in about 18 years. I welcome the challenge and am very excited about it because I have the opportunity to keep some of my students from last year and build on the relationships we have already developed. The other big change relates to my confession…I AM GOING BACK TO UNIVERSITY! Seriously?!? It’s hard for me to fathom this, even typing it in upper case letters. Why would I go back to university when I hated it so much the first time? Well, things CHANGE. I have been presented an opportunity I cannot refuse. I had always thought in the back of my mind that if I ever had opportunity to study under Dr. Valerie Irvine at the University of Victoria I would jump at the chance. Well guess what? I will be studying with Valerie and I am so excited about it! Her courses are offered through multi-access which means I can learn from the comfort of my own home. I don’t have to take a leave from my job, leave my family and travel to Victoria to study. I can’t even put into words how this opportunity has changed things for me. What once was completely out of my mind has now changed how I feel about the thought of going back to school.

You see, that brings me to my DREAM…as I have always dreamed of having my Masters of Education degree. I would never have admitted it publicly before, but now that I am actually starting down the road to achieving this goal, I think it’s safe to “put out there”. You see, I am counting on my #kinderchat PLN to keep me focused and motivated. I know I’m going to need a cheering section/encouragement/kick in the pants once I get going. I am NOT a natural student…it will take a focus and energy I have never known before, but I am going to give it a go. I have to…this is the “now or never” opportunity.

As with many changes, there is also an underlying FEAR…and I am not immune to those feelings. Fear of failure…fear of not meeting expectations of family or the university…fear of taking on too much. I know how much energy it takes to keep up with my every day life and I wonder if adding university studies will just be too much?

So, that, in a nutshell, is what has been occupying my thoughts for the past couple of months. Yes, I am excited for the changes that are coming that will allow me to chase my dream of getting my MEd, but I am also a bit fearful that I am biting off a bit more than I can chew. It is certain that I will be blogging through my journey, so I hope that you, my readers, will help keep me on track and remind me that what I will be learning over the next two years will make me a better teacher and that my students will benefit from all my hard work. Oh yeah…and remind me that after this is over my husband and I will be celebrating my new degree and our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Maui. πŸ˜‰

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P.S. After writing and publishing yesterday, I realized I missed mentioning a REALLY important piece…the friends who will be on this amazing learning journey with me! @learningmurd and @namesescapeme are two of the amazing group, #kinderchat, that I have blogged about so much. Starting on this adventure is so much more special because I get to experience it with them!

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13 thoughts on “What Has Been Keeping My Mind Spinning

  1. I am soooooooooo happy for you! You will be amazing!! This is exactly why I took on debt and went straight through… I couldn’t stomach the thought of going back!!! XOXOXO

    • Thanks Kristina! I’m glad I took the break, actually. There is no way I could have done a Masters right after my BEd, as I was just too unhappy. I’m very glad to be going back with the experience and knowledge I have now.

  2. An exciting new adventure, and just like all adventures, there will be good bits, bad bits, exciting times and scary times but you will come thought it stronger and wiser : ) I have total and utter confidence in you! Let me know if I can do anything to help along the way. I’ll be thinking of you!

    • Oh Tasha!!! Your comments and encouragement mean so much to me! Thank you…and best wishes on your new and exciting journey, too. I can’t wait to hear all about your new school and hope we can stay in touch. I will miss having our classes connect this year!

  3. Great job combining all five prompts into one!!! I had a lot of fun reading it and I completely feel the same way about university and lectures!!! I went in and did it best I could so I could GET OUT! Like you, I learned more from my practicum experiences than I ever did in a two hour lecture. My fiance however, lives for lectures, textbooks and memorization. He’s currently at his desk happily studying new Chinese characters and words. Everyone learns differently! I’m so happy you have been presented with the opportunity to go back to school and learn from someone you really admire! Oh, and I will definitely sign up to be in your cheering squad πŸ˜‰

    • Thank you Pana! I know I have the best cheering squad around in all my #kinderchat friends. It really helps me be brave, knowing I have so many supporters. Best wishes, to you, too, as you begin your new adventure! I am just getting back to reading everyone’s blogs and can’t wait to see how things are at your new school.

  4. You are embarking on a great new adventure and I wish you all the best. It will be so worth it to continue learning in collaboration with others and learn in new ways through technology. I attempted pursuing my masters when my kids were young and didn’t finish. I didn’t want to miss out on their time. Tried again 11 years later and completed it five years ago and am so proud of my accomplishment. My research project was on improving a home-school connection through use of a daily newsletter. Learning to blog this summer has been a nice fit for my beliefs about the importance of communication with parents. Thanks for encouraging me in the world of blogging and tweeting. I will be sure to encourage you along in your adventure.

  5. Way to go. I love that you are challenging yourself and facing your fears! It will all be worth it! Good luck on your adventures!

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